Accessibility statement

Student Support Fund

The Student Support Fund helps students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty due to an unforeseen change in their circumstances. It's available to all full-time current students, UK and international, undergraduate and postgraduate.

You can apply for assistance from the funds in 2019/20 from 1 October 2019. 

If you are experiencing urgent financial hardship, please speak to a Student Adviser at the Student Hub as soon as possible. Assistance from the Student Support Fund is designed with longer-term funding in mind.

It can take up to four weeks for an assessment to be completed from when we receive your application and supporting evidence.

COVID-19 update

We appreciate that some students applying to the Support Funds will not have access to printers and scanners. If you are able to do so, please take a clear photograph of any evidence on a mobile phone or other device and add as an email attachment to sfsu@york.ac.uk with your student number as reference.

Explanations of spending/income do not need to be included directly on the bank statement, but can instead be sent to us as a separate document or email, clearly detailing which statement the transaction appears on, the date and what the transaction was for.

For example:

Personal Account  - Dated XX Nov - XX Dec 2019

Date of transaction  Transaction amount  Explanation (e.g. 12/12/12  £101  Payment for rent)

If you are unable to send us supporting documentation, please email sfsu@york.ac.uk explaining why this has not been possible.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students

The fund is available to undergraduate and PGCE students with a fee paying status of ‘Home’.

You can apply during any year of your studies, once you are fully enrolled at the University. You will need to submit a new application each academic year if you are applying for a new award. 
Applications opened on 1 October 2019 and will remain open until 5pm, 14 August 2020

You're eligible to apply if you are:

  • a current registered undergraduate or PGCE student,
  • normally resident in the UK,
  • eligible for funding as a ‘Home’ student, and
  • in receipt of the maximum statutory funding to which you are entitled.

You will need to show that you have made reasonable provision for your tuition fees and living costs throughout your course before you started your studies.

Home (UK) Postgraduate students

For further information on support funds available to Home (UK) postgraduate students please contact:

  • Student Hub, Market Square, University of York, YORK YO10 5DD
  • Tel: +44 (0)1904 324140
  • Email: student-hub@york.ac.uk

EU and International students

The International Student Support Fund is available to all current, full-time EU and international students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty that could not have been reasonably anticipated.

Applications to meet course fees, or as a result of changes in exchange rates with your home currency will not be considered.

Applications opened on 1 October 2019 and will remain open until:

  • Undergraduate students: 5pm, 14 August 2020
  • Postgraduate Taught students: 5pm, 14 August 2020
  • Postgraduate Research students: the fund is open all year round, but you can't apply within the first month of your programme.

You're eligible to apply if you are:

  • a current registered international student and not normally resident in the UK.

You will be expected to show that you have made reasonable provision for your tuition fees and living costs throughout your course before commencing studies.

How do I apply?

We recommend reading the Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb) carefully and the Student Support Fund Application questions (PDF , 644kb) before you begin your application, as you won't be able to save and come back once you've started.

  1. Complete the online application form, including the required supporting evidence. There are scanners, printers and photocopiers on campus.
  2. We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  3. We will let you know the result of your application and keep you informed via your university email address.

What supporting evidence do I need to provide?

You will be asked to upload the following as part of the form process:

  1. Bank/Building Society Statements for every account in your name, including savings, overseas, and empty/unused accounts for the past three months.
  2. An explanation of all payments and all transfers out of your accounts of £100 or more, and all incomings, no matter how small. We need to know who the payment was from/to and what it was for. This can be included directly on your statements or as a separate document.
  3. Confirmation or award letters of all funding you receive, eg your Student Finance award letter.
  4. Evidence of your monthly outgoings, including rent/mortgage, eg tenancy agreement.

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may also be required to provide further evidence. The full list of required evidence is provided in our Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb).

If you have a partner who lives with you, we require you to submit supporting documentation relating to them. We realise you may feel uncomfortable providing this information. If you require support, please make an appointment to discuss your personal circumstances with one of our trained student advisers.

We realise that some of the documents we ask for appear a little intrusive, but they are needed to make an accurate assessment of your situation and we will not be able to process your application without this information. We will treat all applications in confidence.

If you’re struggling to compile the evidence or need to submit hard copies, please email sfsu@york.ac.uk.

Will I have to pay the money back?

You may be offered a non-repayable grant, an interest-free loan, or a combination of the two. It depends on your financial situation. If you are offered an award as a loan, this will be confirmed within your outcome letter.