Student Financial Support Funding

Extra funding is available for students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty due to a change in circumstances.

Applications for the Student Support Fund

Applications to the 2018/19 Student Support Fund will close on 31 July 2019. You can apply for 2019/20 financial hardship from 1 October 2019.

If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship between 1 August and 30 September, or you are a PGR student, please speak to an Adviser at the Student Hub.
 
This deadline does not affect applications for hardship that have already been submitted. Emergency Loans will still be available during these periods.

Student Support Fund

The Student Support Fund awards non-repayable grants to students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship. If you are on a leave of absence and have not permanently withdrawn from your studies and you intend to return after your time out, you can apply for financial assistance from the Fund.

Who is eligible?

The Student Support Fund is available to all full-time current students, home and international, undergraduate and postgraduate.

We would expect home students who apply to be in receipt of the maximum statutory funding available to them. 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.

You can apply to this fund during any and every year of study.

Some students are in priority groups (please see Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb) but if you are not in one of these groups you should not be deterred from applying.

Applications to the hardship funds may take up to four weeks to process.

If your application is unsuccessful we may be able to advise you about alternative sources of help.

For advice on completing your application or managing financial difficulties, please contact the Student Hub, YUSU or the GSA.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Submit supporting evidence (a full list of required evidence can be found in our Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb) and declaration form to Student Financial Support at sfsu@york.ac.uk. There are scanners and photocopiers available on campus. Once received, we may ask you to submit additional documents.
  3. We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  4. We will notify you of the result of your application and correspond with you about the status of your application via your university email address.

You will need to submit evidence in support of your application. As a minimum we require the following:

  1. Three months Bank/Building Society Statements for every account in your name including savings, overseas, empty/unused accounts.
  2. An explanation of any money shown entering your account and any amount over £100.00 shown leaving your account. We need to know who the payment was from/to and for what purpose.
  3. Evidence of your funding, eg your Student Finance Award letter.
  4. Evidence of rent or mortgage, eg Tenancy agreement.
  5. A signed declaration form which can be found here.

The above requirements are not absolute. You may need to submit other evidence relevant to your application and a full list of requirements can be found in the guidance notes.

Please scan your evidence and send it to us at sfsu@york.ac.uk. A list of multifulctional devices that can scan, print and copy accross campus can be found here.

If you are struggling to compile the evidence or need to submit physical copies please email sfsu@york.ac.uk.

How are applications assessed?

The assessment is based on the application form and supporting documentation Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb)‌. This is required to enable us to assess the individual’s financial needs.

We realise that some of the documents we ask for appear a little intrusive, but they are needed to make an assessment of your situation. We will treat all applications in confidence.

Most applications will be assessed for a standard award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against your reasonable expenditure, known as composite living costs. If there is a clear deficit between the two, we will make a Standard Award to cover the deficit. 

We consider non-standard awards in exceptional circumstances only.

We assess all students over the same timeframe

  1. Students with children (excluding final year students) 43 weeks
  2. Students with health issues that prevent them from working (excluding final year students) 43 weeks
  3. Students on healthcare courses 52 weeks
  4. All other students 39 weeks

Composite living costs will be applied to some of your expenditure. This is in line with national guidelines and takes into account expenditure on food, bills, clothes and entertainment and we will use this figure rather than an actual figure for these items of expenditure.

In line with national guidelines we assume all students have other income in addition to their student finance. This income is a standard amount and will be used on all applications, regardless of if you have a part time job or not, or whether your parents are contributing or not.

Any award that is granted may be used to cover any existing university debt you may have when you apply first. We may also elect to pay any debt to 3rd parties directly. Any remaining balance will be paid directly into your bank account either as a lump sum or in termly instalments, depending on your circumstances.

This is a discretionary fund and not all those who are eligible to apply will receieve an award. 

Cost of diagnostic assessment (SpLD) refund

The Diagnostic Test refund is to assist students with the cost of a diagnostic test for dyslexia. If you are a UK student receiving means-tested student support and have an assessed household income of £42,875 or less, it is likely that you will receive support for the full cost of the test, up to a maximum of £475.

If you meet this condition and only wish to apply for help with the test cost you need to supply the following with your application:

One month of bank statements for every account in your name. Your student finance award letter. A copy of your invoice or bill showing the cost and date of the test.

If you do not meet the above income criteria, or also wish to apply for more general support with financial hardship, you can apply but you will be subject to a full financial assessment and need to supply more evidence (LINK to Student Support Fund) in support of your application.

Emergency loan

An emergency loan is a short-term loan designed to assist you in a temporary crisis, to cover the cost of food and travel to your site of study.

The loan is to support UK undergraduate students when their funding is delayed.

How much can I borrow?

We will typically give a loan for one weeks living costs that is based on the national standard for composite living costs to cover you for food and travel and basic expenses only. 

You won't be charged interest on the loan. Once the loan has been given, it will appear as a debt to the University on your account with us until it is repaid.

You will be expected to repay the loan as soon as you receive the first instalment of your Student Loan or NHS Bursary, usually within four weeks.

How do I repay the loan?

You repay the loan as soon as you receive the first instalment of your Student Loan or NHS Bursary.

You will receive an invoice two weeks after taking out the loan, which will outline how you repay. You'll need to repay it before you can re-enrol or graduate.

How to apply

You must apply in person to Student Financial Support.

Drop in sessions are held Fridays between 1pm - 2pm in the Fees Office, Market Square. There's no need to book - just go to the seated area on the left-hand side near the entrance door.

You will need to bring:

  • personal identification (eg University Card)
  • evidence that you have applied for a Student Loan or NHS Bursary
  • a current bank statement

If you cannot attend the drop-in sessions, please email sfsu@york.ac.uk for an appointment.

Before applying you should have maximised all other sources of income, including overdrafts and assistance from family or friends.

Contact

See our useful finance contacts page for help with different financial queries.