Financial Assistance Fund

The Financial Assistance Fund (FAF) is provided by the University to give discretionary financial assistance to registered international and non-UK EU students who are experiencing serious and unexpected financial difficulties due to circumstances beyond their control. Applicants must be able to show that their financial difficulties have arisen through unforeseen and exceptional circumstances as it is a condition of registering at the University for students to have adequate funds in place for tuition fees / living expenses for their whole period of study.

What do we mean by financial difficulties?

It's nothing dramatic or extreme. We would deem a student to be experiencing financial difficulties if they are:

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

Before making an appication for assistance students must have accessed all other sources of funding available to them.. Due to the discretionary nature of the Fund there is no guarantee that an applicant will receive funding. Successful applicants may receive either a non-repayable award or a loan. Loans will usually be issued where the applicant has a temporary cash flow problem.

If you provide inaccurate information and / or fail to declare information about all of your bank accounts / credit cards your application will be automatically disqualified and you will be subject to the University’s disciplinary procedure.

You can find out more about the eligibility criteria and assessment process by reading the Financial Assistance Fund Policy and Supplementary Guidance (PDF:361KB).

Still not sure whether to make an application?

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. Last year 63% of the students who submitted an application received assistance from the fund. Read more about some of the successful and unsuccessful applications made to the Fund (PDF:595KB)

How to Apply

Information notes (PDF: 162KB)

Application Form (PDF: 382KB)

To submit an application form you must schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the Student Financial Support Team so that they can check through your fully completed application form and supporting documentation. To arrange an appointment telephone 0191 208 3760 or 0191 208 5679 between the hours of 9.00am and 4.45pm.

If you need help completing your application form you should contact us prior to attending your submission appointment.

Further assistance

If you want help with budgeting and managing your money book an appointment with one of our Student Finance Advisers.

If you want help managing debts contact the Student Advice Centre (Students' Union).