To support you during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Money Advice team will be offering virtual appointments.
From the week commencing 28 September, the Money Advice team will be offering virtual and telephone appointments bookable 72 hours in advance. Please access CareerHub to book.
Appointments are for 30 minutes. If needed, a follow-up appointment will be arranged.
Appointments will be available at the following times (28 September – 12 October)
If exceptionally, you require a face-to-face appointment, please email email@example.com to request that a member of the Money Advice team contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.
Click for the latest coronavirus update from the University, where you will also find a list of frequently asked questions.
About the Student Support Fund
The Student Support Fund provides non-repayable discretionary awards and emergency short term loans to assist students in financial difficulty, who might otherwise be at risk of leaving their courses because of financial hardship.
The Student Support Fund may be available to provide help for full-time (and eligible part-time) students who have serious financial difficulties or whose access to higher education might be inhibited because of financial reasons. This fund is designed to provide a financial contribution to support students whose expenses exceed their income. However, please note there is no automatic entitlement to an award.
If you are a part-time student who commenced your course on or after August 2018, if eligible you may also qualify for support according to the intensity of your programme of study, pro rata.
If you are a part-time student who commenced your course before August 2018, whose income is below set thresholds, if eligible you may also qualify for support with specific course-related expenses.
An application is required, and a means test of your income and certain expenses for the academic year is carried out to determine whether you qualify for an award. If you qualify, you won’t have to pay back the money you receive.
Before applying to the Student Support Fund, you must have explored and exhausted all of the below:
- Subject specific bursaries
- The new NHS Learner Support Fund (September 2020) for eligible Health courses
- Student bank accounts
- Budgeting considering realistic and practical ways of managing spending, e.g. setting a spending target to help monitor and stretch your money over each term
- Part-time work
- Statutory Funding
- Postgraduates are encouraged to explore all forms of additional funding to maximise the amount available to support the payment of tuition fees and living costs
Who is eligible to apply?
All UK undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible to apply. Overseas and EU students can apply to the Student Support Fund, but please be aware that support is limited and would only be offered in exceptional circumstances.
When can I apply?
The application window opens and closes according to which course you are studying. Please see table at the bottom of this page for details.
How are applications assessed?
We will look at your household* income and that of any partner/spouse and we will then compare this to your expected reasonable expenditure, including your partner/spouse’s travel costs. If there is a deficit between these figures, we can pay a percentage of this up to a maximum of £3,000. This is known as a Standard Award.
It is expected that students will also be able to supplement their income from a variety of routes, for example, part-time work, vacation work, student bank overdrafts at 0% charges, savings or additional parental support where appropriate. The standard assessment includes an ‘assumed income’ figure to cover these additional elements of income rather than taking into account the actual amount.
*Students who find themselves in financial hardship because their parents are no longer able to meet the cost of the household contribution due to a drop in income (of 15% or more) should contact their relevant Student Funding Body for a Current Year Income assessment.
If you are facing an unforeseeable financial emergency (such as an unexpected house move, essential household repairs or other emergency situations) we may be able to make a contribution towards these costs, however, please be advised this does not include home improvements. This is known as a Non-Standard Award.
Please note, that in some circumstances, we may make payments in the form of shopping vouchers.
My student funding is delayed, is there any support I can receive?
You must have applied and been fully assessed for your student funding BEFORE applying to the Student Support Fund. If you have not yet received your student funding, we may be able to offer you a short-term loan as a contribution towards your living costs. Please visit our Money Worries webpage for more information.
To apply for a short-term loan, you need to make an appointment with the team.
You will need to show or email:
- Your Student ID card or communicate using your EHU email account
- A print-out, a scanned copy, or photo of a cash machine statement. Alternatively you can use a banking app to display your current balance if in a virtual appointment or face-to-face.
- A scanned copy or photograph of your current month’s bank statement
Student Support Fund Frequently Asked Questions
Can I receive help with tuition fees?
We are unable to provide financial assistance towards the cost of tuition fees.
How do I submit my application?
To apply to the Student Support Fund, please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
However, if you are unable to scan (or attach clear photos of) your completed application form and evidence please use the secure postal service and send to:
Money Advice Team, Student Services
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Please do not visit Catalyst in person or post your application to us at this time, unless you have no alternative.
Will the new NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF) 2020 payments be included in the assessment?
The elements of the NHS LSF that will be included as income are: the Training Grant, plus the Specialist Subject and Regional Incentive payments if applicable.
Can I apply more than once?
We assess your application over the whole academic year so it is not usually possible to re-apply to the fund. However, if your financial situation changes, you can ask to be re-assessed.
How much could I receive?
If your application is successful, we will award a figure between £100 and £3,000. The exact amount that you receive will depend on your individual financial circumstances.
How will payments be made?
Payments will be made directly to your bank account. Students who are in receipt of means-tested benefits will receive their award in one instalment but other students may receive a number of instalments.
Can I appeal the decision?
The request for an appeal should be made in writing to the Money Advice team within 4 weeks (28 days) of the original decision. This is an opportunity to review the original decision, to check the accuracy of the calculations and ensure that all relevant information and evidence has been considered. The appeal can also consider any subsequent evidence you wish to provide with the appeal request. You will normally receive a response within 10 working days. It is important that you explain fully why you are requesting an appeal and submit any additional supporting evidence/information with your request(s). The Money Advice team may request additional information at this stage. You should email your appeal request to email@example.com
Can you help me to complete the application form?
Please read the information provided in pages 1 to 3 of the application form, follow the instructions in each section and use the Supporting Evidence Checklist when completing the form. We are happy to answer any further questions you have regarding the Student Support Fund by email or during an appointment.
How long will it take me to find out if my application has been successful?
At this time, it may take up to 6 weeks to process Student Support Fund applications from the date that all required evidence* has been submitted. This replaces any prior mention of 4 weeks on any application forms.
*If we requested additional income evidence from you, you will have 4 working weeks to provide this. After this period, if we haven’t received the requested information from you, we will be unable to process your application and your application will be closed down.
*If we request additional expenditure evidence from you, you will have 4 working weeks to provide this. After this period, if we haven’t received the requested information from you, we will process your application using the evidence you have provided.
Links to the Full-Time and Part-Time Application Forms
Student Support Fund Closing Dates
Course of Study
Application window opens
Deadline for SSF form submission
|PGCE students||28 September 2020||23 May 2021|
|Nursing/Midwifery/ODP/Paramedic Practice students||4 weeks after registration||6 weeks before the end of your academic year|
|Final Year Undergraduate students||12 October 2020||23 May 2021|
|Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students||12 October 2020||25 June 2021|