Hardship Fund Applications
Our Hardship Funds provide additional financial help towards the essential costs associated with being a student.
The Funds can be used to help students enrolled on a full-time or part-time higher education course (including distance learners) at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.
Part-time students must be studying at least 50% of a full-time course, (25% for disabled students unable to study 50% because of their disability).
Students who have temporarily withdrawn from their studies with the intention of returning after time out are also able to apply.
Applicants must have applied for all other available means of financial support including having taken their full Government Student Loan entitlement (where applicable) before applying to the Fund.
For students studying at Postgraduate level there is an expectation that reasonable provision will have been made to cover expected tuition and living costs.
During the Summer period there maybe limited support available for continuing students whose circumstances do not allow them to work. This includes students with no alternative means of support such as those with children,with a disability where benefits are not available and those re-sitting elements of there course and have to remain in Leeds.
Awards from the Leeds Beckett Hardship funds for full-time students are calculated using a formula that compares income with essential expenditure. By deducting assessed expenditure from total income any 'additional need' is identified and a contribution is then made towards this. Within the calculation there are certain allowances which result in priority being given to certain groups including:
- Students with children (especially lone parents)
- Carers ((not for a child).
- Disabled students (especially where DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
- Care leavers and students from Foyers or those who are homeless (see other support)
- Students receiving the final year (reduced) Government Student Loan rate
- Students that are estranged from their family(defined by- the relationship between the family and student has broken down and is irreconcilable).
Students that do not receive a Standard Hardship award but their are showing financial hardship which can be evidenced can be offered a Non- Standard assessment.
Where circumstances are exceptional a student maybe awarded a Standard and Non-Standard award.
Students expecting their first child
Students who are pregnant with their first child are eligible to receive a Non-Standard payment of £500 which is paid to them in the form of a Grant. The Grant is in line with the Sure Start Maternity Grant that they would have been eligible to apply for if they were not a student.
The Grant is paid to the student 11 weeks prior to their due date and the student can also apply to the Hardship Funds in the normal way.
Please note: We cannot accept applications received after these deadlines.
- Wed 31 May, 2017 at 16:00 - Leeds Beckett Hardship Funds - Continuing students
- Tues 16 May 2017 at 16:00 - Leeds Beckett Hardship Fund - Final Year Students
Applications to the Fund must be submitted along with all of the appropriate supporting documents required in your particular circumstances. A schedule of possible items and guidance on what might be applicable to you is given on page 6 of the application form. Please note that we are unable to carry out our assessment without all of the supporting documents required for your circumstances.
We do not require the original documents so if you are likely to need these at a later date then please provide a photocopy because we are unable to return your supporting evidence for audit purposes.
In addition to the information listed, there could be circumstances where we ask for additional information. For example, if it looks as though we may be able to provide additional help with travel costs in instances such as journeys to your parental home to care for a relative who is ill, we may ask for medical evidence relating to the illness.
Telephone:0113 812 6701
Money Support Appointments
- Monday to Friday: 12:30 - 13:30 City campus during term time based at the Rose Bowl, City campus.Students will need to book an appointment through MyHub.
- For Headingley students 13:00 - 15:30 Tuesday and Thursday's. Students will also need to book an appointment through MyHub.
Hub opening hours (Term time)
- Monday to Thursday: 8:30 - 18:00
- Friday: 8:30 - 17:00
Hub outside of term time
- Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 17;00
All enquiries should be made at the Student Hub in the first instance.
The Student Money & Advice teams offer confidential, impartial and specialist advice to students on funding and budgeting; and impartial and general advice about debt and benefits.
The team also provides advice and advocacy on behalf of students but they do not administer funds or provide a crisis service. Students can find out how to contact a Student Money Adviser from their Student Money Advice page or contact the Student Hubs on 0113 812 3000.