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Cost of living Fund

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We recognise that the Cost of Living increase has had a financial impact on most students, with more of you at risk of facing increased costs or hardship as a result of this.  Staffordshire University is currently offering cost of living initiatives to help our students who are facing difficulties.  We are pleased to announce that this support is open to all home for fees, undergraduate students.  Please note: Students studying at one of our partner colleges will need to contact their college directly to check what support is available and apply to them directly.

We currently have the following funds for students to apply:

  1. Student Success (Gym) Fund
  2. Student Success (Cost of Living) Fund
  3. Student Success (Art & Design) Fund
  4. Student Success (Training) Fund

Please note: the support is limited and once funds have been allocated no other applications will be considered.

 Eligibility criteria for all funds:  To apply you must be:

  • A current and active undergraduate student (you cannot have withdrawn or taken a break in studies).
  • Classed as Home for fees.
  • Studying full or part time on an eligible course (if studying part time, you must be studying at 25% of a full-time equivalent course).
  • Enrolled onto a course which is a minimum of 1-year duration.
  • Enrolled onto a course that leads to an award such as a HND, Foundation Degree, BA, BSc, BEng.
  • Entitled to funding from Student Finance England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
  • In receipt of the full tuition fee loan or comparable funding.

Student Success (Gym) Fund

As a Staffordshire University (Stoke) student you can apply to the Student Success (Gym) Fund to apply for a free gym membership until the 31st August 2024.  This is a free initiative to encourage our students to improve their wellbeing, promote confidence, decrease stress and improve physical health.  Here is the link to our gym facilities: Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre - Staffordshire University (staffs.ac.uk)

Eligibility Criteria:

This fund is only available to Level 4, 5 and 6 Undergraduate,  students studying at the Staffordshire University Stoke campus, living on campus or living near to the campus.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this criteria. Free memberships are limited and once all vouchers have been allocated, this fund will close. Please note: If your application is not successful we will continue to work hard to make sure other support is available to you.

How to apply:

Students need to apply through Blackbullion. If you've not already registered with Blackbullion you'll be asked to register with them, using your student email account before completing your application. Registration is free and will give you access to all Blackbullion's online resources and learning modules designed to help you develop essential money skills, as well as exclusive competitions. For more information on Blackbullion please watch the video Hi, we are Blackbullion (Youtube)

The application will ask you questions about your course and your individual circumstances. You'll also need to upload evidence to support your application. We won't be able to process your application without the required evidence.

You will be updated about your application through the Blackbullion platform.

If you require help applying please contact our Money & Guidance Advisors or the Student Union Advice Centre (Tel. 01782 294629) or pop to their reception above the Ember Lounge) to arrange to speak to an Advisor.

  

Student Success (Cost of Living) Fund

As a Staffordshire University student you can apply to the Student Success (Cost of Living) Fund to apply for a free £50 Love to Shop Voucher.  This is a free initiative to help students with the Cost of Living crisis.  We have 240 x £50 Love to Shop Vouchers available to support students facing difficulties; to enable you to continue with your course and help you succeed in your studies.

Eligibility Criteria:

This is intended for students who are struggling financially so please only apply if this relates to you. *Please note:  If you previously were successful in applying for the Student Success (Cost of Living) Fund and receiving a £50 Love to Shop voucher, you cannot apply again.  Please note: If your application is not successful we will continue to work hard to make sure other support is available to you.

How to apply:

If you would like to receive a FREE Love to Shop Voucher from the Student Support & Experience Team please complete the following Microsoft form and a member of the team will be in touch with you (via your student email account) shortly. 

Student Success (Art & Design) Fund

As a Staffordshire University (Stoke or London) student you can apply to the Student Success (Art & Design) Fund to for financial help towards expenses for materials which you have purchased for any shows you have been involved with this year e.g. Gradex, Degree Show, Novus, Comic Con, etc.    Students can apply for up to £150.  This is a cost-of-living initiative to help you towards reimbursement of some of your materials.

Please note that funds are limited and once funds have been allocated, this initiative will close. 

Eligibility Criteria:

This fund is only available to Level 4, 5 and 6 Undergraduate (UG) students studying at the Staffordshire University Stoke or London campus.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this criteria.

Applicants will be contacted within 5 working days, through the Blackbullion platform to confirm if your application has been successful.  Please note: If your application is not successful we will continue to work hard to make sure other support is available to you.

How to apply:

You need to apply through Blackbullion.  If you've not already registered with Blackbullion you'll be asked to register with them, using your student email account before completing your application. Registration is free and will give you access to all Blackbullion's online resources and learning modules designed to help you develop essential money skills, as well as exclusive competitions. For more information on Blackbullion please watch the video Hi, we are Blackbullion (Youtube)

The application will ask you questions about your course and your individual circumstances. You'll also need to upload evidence to support your application. We won't be able to process your application without the required evidence.

You will be updated about your application through the Blackbullion platform.

If you require help applying please contact our Money & Guidance Advisors or the Student Union Advice Centre (Tel. 01782 294629) or pop to their reception above the Ember Lounge) to arrange to speak to an Advisor.

Student Success (Training) Fund

As a Staffordshire University (London) student you can apply to the Student Success (Training) Fund for a £200 voucher for Into Games Sprint training which can be used on any Sprint at any time and will never expire.   This fund is to enhance skills needed for our students who want to work in the games industry.   

Please note that funds are limited and once funds have been allocated, this initiative will close. 

Eligibility Criteria:

This fund is only available to Level 4, 5 and 6 Undergraduate students studying at the Staffordshire University London campus.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this criteria.

Applicants will be contacted through the Blackbullion platform to confirm if your application has been successful.  Please note: If your application is not successful we will continue to work hard to make sure other support is available to you.

How to apply:

You need to apply through Blackbullion.  If you've not already registered with Blackbullion you'll be asked to register with them, using your student email account before completing your application. Registration is free and will give you access to all Blackbullion's online resources and learning modules designed to help you develop essential money skills, as well as exclusive competitions. For more information on Blackbullion please watch the video Hi, we are Blackbullion (Youtube)

The application will ask you questions about your course and your individual circumstances. You'll also need to upload evidence to support your application. We won't be able to process your application without the required evidence.

You will be updated about your application through the Blackbullion platform.

If you require help applying please contact our Money & Guidance Advisors or the Student Union Advice Centre (Tel. 01782 294629) or pop to their reception above the Ember Lounge) to arrange to speak to an Advisor.

When do applications close and how will my information be used?

Applications will close once allocations have been made for each fund.

The information you provide in your application will only be used to assess your eligibility for this fund, for developing systems for interventions and developing our Beacon app in terms of what students see on Beacon.

Where can I get further guidance?

If you require any further guidance please contact our Student Support and Experience Team (Money & Guidance Advisors).  Alternatively, you can contact our Students Union Advice Centre at studentadvice@staffs.ac.uk or on 01782 294629 to arrange to speak to an Advisor.

For information about other Cost of Living support we offer please click here

In addition to the above funds, we continue to offer the Student Success (Support) Fund:

We also continue to offer students the opportunity to apply for the Student Success (Support) Fund.   If you’re struggling financially and worried this could impact on your ability to continue with your studies we have a fund that might be able to help you.  Our Student Success (Support) Fund is a discretionary fund available to undergraduate, home for fees students experiencing severe financial hardship. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please click the following link for information about this fund.