Student Support Fund

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 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 whose income is below set thresholds 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 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.

Please note that if you are currently experiencing financial hardship due to a delay in your funding you should contact the Money Advice team for further advice.

Before applying to the Student Support Fund, you must have explored and exhausted all of the below:

  • Bursaries
  • Banking
  • Budgeting
  • Cash-flow
  • Part time work
  • Statutory Funding

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 on Monday 15th October 2018 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. 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.

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. This is known as a Non-Standard Award.

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.

To apply for a short-term loan, you need to attend a drop-in session:

  • Monday and Friday: 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

You need to bring with you:

  • Your Student ID card
  • A print out from a cash machine showing your current balance
  • Your debit card
  • A month’s bank statement (printed, we cannot look at this online)

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.

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?

You can make an appeal by emailing us:

Can you help me to complete the application form?

We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the Student Support Fund but if you require help with completing the form, we recommend that you contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre

How long will it take me to find out if my application has been successful?

Once your application is complete, you should hear back from us by email within four working weeks.

Links to the Full-Time and Part-Time Application Forms

Full-time Students

Full-Time Student Application Form
Full-Time Student Childcare Form

Part-time Students

Part-Time Student Application Form
Part-Time Student Childcare Form

Student Support Fund Closing Dates

Course of Study

Deadline for SSF form

Nursing/Midwifery/ODP/Paramedic Practice 6 weeks before the end of their academic year
Final Year Undergraduate Students  26th May 2019
Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students  28th June 2019
PGCE Students 26th May 2019

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