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 (first degree 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

Before making an appication for assistance students must have accessed all other sources of funding available to them; this includes using any savings and also applying for and obtaining any interest free overdraft 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 Student Financial Support Fund Policy and Supplementary Guidance (PDF: 343KB)

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 81% 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: 602KB)

How to Apply

Information Notes (PDF:162KB)

Application Form (PDF:383KB)

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).