Student Support Fund Grants
The Student Support Fund (SSF) can provide grants to help students with essential living costs. The Fund acts as a safety net if you are in financial difficulty. The SSF cannot help you to pay your tuition fees.
You will need to show us that you are receiving other sources of income (for example: student loans, wages, savings, overdrafts, bursaries, grants, scholarships, sponsors, and/or contributions from family or a partner) to help with your core living costs. An award from the SSF will not be enough on its own to support you throughout a whole academic year.
If you have no other funding in place or you have not made any other financial plans, your application is likely to be rejected.
We also need to see evidence of your income and finances to process your application.
Who can apply?
- Home students
- EU and International students
You must be fully enrolled at the University and be attending your course during the 21/22 academic year. If you owe an outstanding debt to the University or you have breached an agreed payment plan, your application may not be considered. We will need to see evidence of any payment plans you have.
How do I apply?
Applications to the SSF for the 2021/2 academic year will open on November 1st.
Returning students who are in need of immediate financial support to support them until they receive their next instalment of student funding should email email@example.com for further advice.
To apply to the fund, you will need to book an appointment to speak to a Student Life Adviser so that we can find out more about your circumstances. You will then be asked to complete an application form and provide supporting evidence of your situation and finances. The Student Life Adviser will tell you what evidence you need to provide. You will need to send your application and evidence by email to the email address listed at the end of the application form. We accept both digital scans and photos of evidence. We are unable to process your application if you do not send us all the required evidence.
Please ensure you complete the correct application form. There is one application form for UK students, and another for EU & International students.
How is the SSF assessed for Home students?
Applications are assessed using the shortfall model, which looks at the difference between your income and expenditure. When looking at your expenditure, we will consider it against standardised thresholds that depend on your circumstances.
How is the SSF assessed for EU and International students?
We can only consider applications for EU and International students if you are experiencing financial hardship due to an unexpected crisis or because something has happened to you outside of your control. You must clearly tell us how this has happened in your application. If you are not sure if you qualify or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What supporting evidence do I need to provide?
We need to see evidence of your student funding, tenancy agreement/mortgage statements and bank statements for the last 3 months. The application form will guide you through the evidence you need to submit.
Why do I need to provide supporting evidence?
We need to confirm your situation to make sure we are completing an accurate assessment. The evidence you provide will help us to see if you qualify for the SSF, as University funds are limited.
What happens if I don’t provide all the requested evidence?
Then we will not be able to process your application. Make sure you check you have submitted the correct documents, as otherwise your application will be delayed.
How long will it take to assess my application?
Our average application processing time is 4 working weeks. If you feel your case is an emergency, please call 01274 236 504 for further guidance.
What should I do in an emergency?
If you are facing an emergency - for example you have no money or food – please call 01274 236 504 in the first instance. We need to know about your situation as far in advance as possible, as it can take up to 5 working days to arrange basic support.
How much discretion is used when granting an award?
All assessments follow strict guidelines based on the information you provide. Assessors have an element of discretion, but award decisions are always evidence based, so you need to tell us as much information about your situation as possible and back this up with evidence.
How much will I receive?
The minimum award is £100 and the maximum award is £2000 per academic year. If your assessment award is calculated as less than £100, no payment will be made. An application to the SSF is no guarantee that an award will be made. Do not rely on the SSF as your only option. If you are successful and you owe an outstanding debt to the University, we reserve the right to offset the award against your outstanding balance.
How will I know if I am successful?
We will send an email to your student email address to make you aware of our decision.
I’ve already applied to the fund but now need further support – can I apply again?
Please email email@example.com for further guidance.