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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.
You'll also find lots of information and helpful tips on our managing your money page
Important notice: If you require support over the Christmas break please visit our Christmas webpage, Here you can access lots of resources and community links that you can use over the Christmas period.
If you have an issue that can't wait for our return on Tuesday 3 January 2023, you can contact the Students' Union Information Point, which will remain open on a virtual basis from 10am to 4pm every day during the break.
Our Student Success (Support) Fund is a discretionary fund available to students experiencing severe financial hardship and each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The fund can also assist with the costs of diagnostic tests (i.e. dyslexia full screening) and DSA equipment contributions (up to the value of £200).
The fund can’t be used to pay tuition fees, library fines or any other fines imposed by the University or a third party (e.g. parking/speeding fines), or to support "lifestyle choices". Similarly, the fund can’t be used to pay off store cards or any other debts you have accrued before starting your course.
To apply you must be:
You will not be eligible for support from the fund if you:
Although we will consider applications from any student, priority is given to students who are:
If you’re not in one of the priority groups listed you can still apply, but you need to provide as much evidence as possible to show why you’re in need of additional funds.
You can apply for help from the Fund at any point throughout the academic year.
Yes, you can make a repeat application, but only if your financial circumstances have changed significantly during the year. You’ll need to provide evidence to show your circumstances have changed.
You can apply to the Fund through our partner platform Blackbullion, using the following link:
Student Success (Support) Fund
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.
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.
Please note: Your application will not be considered complete and can’t be assessed until all supporting evidence has been received. To see what you need to supply use the evidence checklist below.
To support your application please send:
Please note that mini statements will not be accepted. Statements must be in consecutive order and clearly show your name, bank details, transactions and available balance.
If you’re applying for support with a particular item (e.g. council tax arrears) you’ll need to provide evidence of the costs you’re claiming for. Where applicable you’ll need to send:
Applications submitted without the correct supporting evidence won’t be processed. You’ll be asked to provide any missing evidence, which could delay your application.
All supporting evidence should be uploaded with your online application. Should you experience any difficulties in doing this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can only accept:
We do not accept:
Once your application is complete, you should hear back from us by email within 2 working weeks.
Once your application has been received you may be asked to provide further evidence. If further evidence is required, it could delay your application if you don’t send it to us in a timely manner.
If we require any further evidence we'll contact you via your student email. We'll also use your student email to notify you of the outcome of your application.
Applications submitted over Christmas, Easter and the summer break
Please note that the fund allows the 2 working weeks processing time to be extended to 4 weeks during the above vacation periods.
Stage 1: Your application will be checked to ensure that:
Stage 2: Once we've received all relevant supporting evidence from you and your application has passed Stage 1, we will assess your application.
We assess each application on a case-by-case basis and will take into account your individual circumstances wherever possible. When deciding whether we can make a payment to you, we’ll look at your expected income and what we consider to be “reasonable” expenditure on rent, travel, and course related costs.
If you’re facing a financial emergency or there are special circumstances attached to your application, we'll look at this on an individual basis. If you live with your partner, we'll need details of their income and expenditure, as well as your own income and expenditure.
As the fund has limited resources we can’t offer help to every applicant and we can’t always meet all the costs you might apply for. All awards will depend on individual circumstances. If you’re awarded a payment we’ll confirm how much you’ve been awarded by email.
There is an upper limit for awards of £1,000 per student per year. For those students studying on our London campus we will apply an additional weighting to your award.
If you wish to discuss your application or award further please contact us at email@example.com.
Payments awarded through the Student Success (Support) Fund do not usually have to be repaid. If, however your attendance is poor, or you intermit/withdraw from your studies before the end of the academic year you may be required to repay all or part of the award.
Yes, but bear in mind that the outcome of your application may not be the same year on year. The amount of funding we receive varies each year, so the amount we can allocate to students may also vary.
Similarly, something that was unforeseen the first year year you apply won't still be unforeseen if you apply for the same need again the following year.
Yes, for further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have lots of information and helpful tips on our managing your money page.
Book a Financial Health Check appointment
An adviser can help you look into:• Maximising your income• Ways to reduce your spending• Creating your personal budget plan.
Contact the Money & Guidance Advisors or the Student Advice Centre (Tel. 01782 294629 or pop to their reception above the Ember Lounge) to arrange to speak to an Advisor.