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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 2020/21 from 1 October 2020. 

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 Fund 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 all undergraduate and PGCE students who meet the below criteria.

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. 

You are welcome to apply as many times to the Fund as you require, providing you can provide new evidence to document that your circumstances have changed since your last application, or until you have reached the maximum possible award.

Applications are open from 1 October 2020 until 5pm on Friday 08 May 2021. All supporting documents must be received by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021.

You're eligible to apply if you:

  • currently fully-registered or within the continuation period on an undergraduate degree-awarding programme (with the exception of Degree Apprenticeships) at the University of York,
  • have already taken out your full entitlement of student support before applying to the Student Support Fund, and
  • are normally resident within the UK for the duration of your studies.

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.

Postgraduate taught students

The fund is available to all postgraduate taught students who meet the below criteria.

You can apply for the support once you are fully enrolled at the University. Students studying on a postgraduate taught programme are expected to have sufficient provision in place prior to beginning their studies.

You are welcome to apply as many times to the Fund as you require, providing you can provide new evidence to document that your circumstances have changed since your last application, or until you have reached the maximum possible award.

Applications are open from 1 October 2020 until 5pm on Friday 13 August 2021. All supporting documents must be received by 5pm on Friday 20 August 2021.

You're eligible to apply if you:

  • are currently fully-registered on a postgraduate taught degree-awarding programme at the University of York,
  • have already taken out your full entitlement of student support before applying to the Student Support Fund, and
  • are normally resident within the UK for the duration of your studies.

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.

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

Postgraduate researchers

Postgraduate Researchers within the enrolment period of their studies are eligible to apply for support from the Student Support Fund.

You are welcome to apply as many times to the Fund as you require, providing you can provide new evidence to document that your circumstances have changed since your last application, or until you have reached the maximum possible award.

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

Postgraduate Researchers are welcome to apply to the fund all year round, except during the first month of their studies; students are expected to have sufficient provision in place prior to beginning their studies.

You're eligible to apply if you:

  • are currently fully-registered on a degree-awarding research programme at the University of York, and
  • are normally resident within the UK for the duration of your studies.

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.

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

Postgraduate Researchers: Writing-up+

The Postgraduate Research Writing-up+ Support Fund is available for Postgraduate Researchers who are currently in their writing-up period or who have been granted an extension to their studies.

For more information on eligibility criteria and to access the application form, please visit the Postgraduate Research Writing-up+ Support Fund webpage.

This funding is currently available until 31 March 2021.

How do I apply?

We recommend reading the Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb) carefully and the Student Support Fund Application (2020-21) (PDF , 2,049kb) 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 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.