Student Financial Support Fund

The Student Financial Support Fund is provided by the University to give discretionary financial assistance to registered UK students if they:

  • need help with unexpected financial difficulties
  • have a low income (undergraduates only)
  • are considering leaving higher education because of financial problems
  • are experiencing a delay in payment of their funding for living costs e.g. student loan

What do we mean by financial hardship ?

It's nothing dramatic or extreme. We would deem a student to be in hardship if they are:

  • experiencing financial difficulties
  • struggling to make ends meet
  • unable to cover their essential, day-to-day living costs

Students can read out more about the eligibility criteria of the Fund or can contact us, by telephoning 0191 208 3760 or 0191 208 5679 to discuss their circumstances in detail. Please do not be deterred from submitting an application, all applications are treated in adherence with the Student Wellbeing Service confidentiality policy.

Application forms can be obtained from our web site or the level 2 reception desk in King's Gate.

Many students often feel there may be more deserving cases than theirs and feel they should not submit an application. Our assessment process will determine the level of assistance to offer to each applicant and the funds are intended to assist as many students as possible. We aim to provide applicants with an outcome within 10 working days of submitting a fully completed application form.

Further assistance

Students who want help with budgeting and managing their money can book an appointment with one of our Student Finance Advisers.

Students who need help with debt management should contact the Student Advice Centre which is based in the Students' Union.

Students who wish to further supplement their income may wish to look into applying for external charitable funds.