Student Support Fund

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

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Applications to the Student Support Fund

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.

Who can apply to the fund?

Undergraduate students

The Student Support Fund (Undergraduates) is a university fund available to undergraduate and PGCE students with a fee paying status of ‘Home’ and who need extra financial support with living costs, or who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship.

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.

When can I apply?

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 for this year must be received by 5pm on 8 May 2020. Supporting documentation must be submitted by 5pm on 15 May 2020.

Who is eligible?

The fund is open to all current registered students, as long as you are:

  • an 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.

Applications to the Student Support Fund may take up to four weeks to process. It is not guaranteed that your application will be successful.

For advice on completing your application, or if you require immediate financial assistance, please contact the Student HubYUSU or the GSA.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit supporting evidence to Student Financial Support at sfsu@york.ac.uk. There are scanners, printers and photocopiers on campus. 
  • We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  • 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?

As a minimum, we will need:

  1. Three months Bank/Building Society Statements for every account in your name, including savings, overseas, and empty/unused accounts.
  2. An explanation of any money shown entering your account and any amount over £100 shown leaving your account. We need to know who the payment was from/to and what it was for.
  3. Evidence of your funding, for example your Student Finance Award letter.
  4. Evidence of rent or mortgage, for example your tenancy agreement.
  5. A signed declaration form.

We may need to ask you for more information and evidence.

A full list of required evidence can be found in our Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb)

Where should I send my evidence? 

Please scan your evidence and send it to us at sfsu@york.ac.uk

Where can I go for help with my evidence?

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

How will my application be assessed?

We base our assessment on your application form and supporting evidence.

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. We will treat all applications in confidence.

All applications will be assessed for a standard award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against what is considered reasonable expenditure, according to nationally-set standards by NASMA. If there is a clear deficit between your income and the expected standard expenditure, a Standard Award is designed to cover the deficit. 

We consider non-standard awards in exceptional circumstances only.

If you are granted an award, you can use it to pay any existing university debt you may have. We may also elect to pay any debt to third parties directly. 

This is a discretionary fund with limited funds, and not all those who are eligible to apply will receive an award. 

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

Postgraduate students

The Student Support Fund (Postgraduates) is a university fund available to postgraduate students studying on all postgraduate courses, including those funded by the NHS, and who have a fee paying status of ‘Home’. The fund provides extra financial support to students who are experiencing financial hardship or who need support with living costs. 

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.

When can I apply?

You can apply to this fund during all years of your study, once you are fully enrolled at the University. You can only apply for the fund once during your studies.

Applications must be received by 5pm on 14 August 2020, with any supporting documentation being submitted by 21 August 2020.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the Student Support Fund (Postgraduates) if you are:

  • a current registered postgraduate student,
  • normally resident in the UK, and
  • in receipt of the full statutory funding to which you are entitled (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

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

Applications to the Student Support Fund may take up to four weeks to process. It is not guaranteed that your application will be successful.

For advice on completing your application or if you require immediate financial assistance please contact the Student HubYUSU or the GSA.

How to apply

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit supporting evidence to Student Financial Support at sfsu@york.ac.uk. There are scanners, printers and photocopiers available on campus. 
  • We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  • We will let you know the result of your application and keep you informed via your university email address.

Supporting Evidence 

You will need to submit supporting 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, and empty/unused accounts.
  2. An explanation of any money shown entering your account, and any amount over £100 shown leaving your account. We need to know who the payment was from/to and what it was for.
  3. Evidence of your funding, for example your Government Loan Award letter / Scholarship.
  4. Evidence of rent or mortgage, for example your tenancy agreement.
  5. A signed declaration form.

We may need to ask you for more information and evidence.

A full list of required evidence can be found in our Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb).

Where should I send my evidence? 

Please scan your evidence and send it to us at sfsu@york.ac.uk

Where can I go for help with my evidence?

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

How will my application be assessed?

We base our assessment on your application form and supporting evidence.

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. We will treat all applications in confidence.

All applications will be assessed for a standard award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against what is considered reasonable expenditure, according to nationally-set standards by NASMA. If there is a clear deficit between your income and the expected standard expenditure, a Standard Award is designed to cover the deficit. 

We consider non-standard awards in exceptional circumstances only.

If you are granted an award, you can use it to pay any existing university debt you may have. We may also elect to pay any debt to third parties directly. 

This is a discretionary fund with limited funds, and not all those who are eligible to apply will receive an award. 

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

 

International students

The International Student Support Fund is a university fund open to all current, full-time international students (undergraduate and postgraduate) 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 for this fund will open on 01 October 2019 and will remain open until:

  • Undergraduate students: 5pm on 8 May 2020, with all supporting documentation submitted by 5pm on 15 May 2020.
  • Postgraduate Taught students: 5pm on 14 August 2020, with all supporting documentation submitted by 5pm on 21 August 2020.
  • Postgraduate Research students: the fund will be open all year round, but you can't apply within the first month of your programme.

Who is eligible?

  • You are eligible to apply for the International Student Support Fund 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. 
  • Applications to the International Student Support Fund may take up to four weeks to process. It is not guaranteed that your application will be successful.
  • For advice on completing your application or if you require immediate financial assistance, please contact the Student HubYUSU or the GSA.

How to apply

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit supporting evidence to Student Financial Support at sfsu@york.ac.uk. There are scanners, printers and photocopiers available on campus. 
  • We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  • We will let you know the result of your application and keep you informed via your university email address.

Supporting Evidence 

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

  1. Three months' Bank/Building Society Statements for every account in your name, including savings, overseas, empty or unused accounts.
  2. An explanation of any money shown entering your account, and any amount over £100 shown leaving your account. We need to know who the payment was from/to and what it was for.
  3. Evidence of your funding, for example savings / sponsorship / family support.
  4. Evidence of your rent or mortgage, for example your tenancy agreement.
  5. A signed declaration form.

We may need to ask you for more information and evidence.

A full list of required evidence can be found in our Guidance Notes for Hardship Funds (PDF , 162kb).

Where should I send my evidence? 

Please scan your evidence and send it to us at sfsu@york.ac.uk

Where can I go for help with my evidence?

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

How will my application be assessed?

We base our assessment on your application form and supporting evidence.

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. We will treat all applications in confidence.

All applications will be assessed for a standard award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against what is considered reasonable expenditure, according to nationally-set standards by NASMA. If there is a clear deficit between your income and the expected standard expenditure, a Standard Award is designed to cover the deficit. 

We consider non-standard awards in exceptional circumstances only.

If you are granted an award, you can use it to pay any existing University debt you may have. We may also elect to pay any debt to third parties directly. 

This is a discretionary fund with limited funds, and not all those who are eligible to apply will receive an award. 

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

 

Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) Diagnostic test refund

The Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) Diagnostic Test refund assists students who are eligible to reclaim the upfront cost of their diagnostic test for learning difficulties.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the cost of a diagnostic assessment (SpLD) if you are:

  • a UK student,
  • receiving means-tested student support and have an assessed residual household income of £42,875 or less, and
  • have less than £3,000 in savings.

We can award you the full cost of a test, up to a maximum of £475.

How to apply

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Submit supporting evidence to Student Financial Support at sfsu@york.ac.uk. There are scanners, printers and photocopiers available on campus.
  • We will carry out the initial assessment of your application usually within four working weeks of receiving the application and all required evidence.
  • We will let you know the result of your application and keep you informed via your university email address.

Supporting Evidence

You will need to submit supporting evidence with your application. We need:

  1. One month’s Bank/Building Society Statements for every account in your name, including savings, overseas, empty/unused accounts.
  2. A copy of your invoice or bill showing the cost and date of the test.
  3. Your student finance award letter. 
  4. A signed declaration form.

Where should I send my evidence? 

Please scan your evidence and send it to us at sfsu@york.ac.uk

Where can I go for help with my evidence?

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

How are applications assessed?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will probably be awarded the full cost of the test, up to a maximum of £475.

If you do not meet the criteria, or also wish to apply for more general support with financial hardship, you can apply to the Student Support Fund. You will need to supply more evidence and have a full financial assessment.

 

Emergency loan

An emergency loan is a short-term loan designed to assist you to support you during short-term funding issues. It can be used to pay for food, utility bills, or travel to your site of study (including placements). 

Am I eligible?

The loan for UK undergraduate students when their student funding is delayed. 

How much can I borrow?

  • We will typically give a loan for one week's living costs, based on national standards for expenditure set by NASMA. We give you a basic amount to cover food, travel and essential expenses such as utility bills.
  • This loan cannot be used to cover larger costs, such as rent. You should speak to your landlord in the first instance to negotiate rent payments. Our Student Advisers at the Student Hub can help you if you need help with this.
  • You won't be charged interest on the loan. Once the loan has been given, it will appear as a debt to the University in your name 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 will receive an invoice from the Fees Office, which will explain how to repay the loan. You'll need to repay it before you can re-enrol or graduate.

Your loan will remain as a debt to the University on your account until it is repaid. Failure to repay may result in your details being passed to a debt collection agency working on behalf of the University.

How to apply

You must apply in person to Student Financial Support. Drop-in sessions are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1pm - 2pm in the Fees Office.  There is no need to book.

What do I need to bring?

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

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.

Who should I contact about finance?

For Student Support Fund and emergency loan enquiries, please contact Student Financial Support on +44 (0)1904 324043 or email us at sfsu@york.ac.ukWe are open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.

  • To make an appointment with a Student Adviser to discuss your financial situation or seek advice, please complete the self-referral form.

  • For any other financial queries, including payment of tuition or accommodation fees, please see finance contact details.