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Information for students
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP, wrote to students in February on the financial support which the Government is offering to prevent students getting into hardship. You can read the letter here.
If you fall into financial hardship or anticipate financial hardship and other funds are not available to meet essential living costs, you can apply for a non-repayable award from our Hardship Fund.
If you cannot meet day-to-day living costs such as rent, food, bills etc, because you have lost income or cannot get part time work, or have relied on family support which has now reduced, you can apply for a mean tested award of between £100 and £3,500.
The award will be dependent upon circumstances and family income, and current home and EU students can apply. Please note that awards cannot be guaranteed as funds are limited and we are unable to provide any support towards payment of tuition fees.
As with all other applications to the Hardship Fund, we will assess applications on a case by case basis and we encourage you to apply if you have been affected financially by coronavirus (Covid-19) in any way, for example through lost wages, additional costs or rent, or no access to IT or broadband. Applications can be submitted through our website.
Digital access fund scheme
We have established a dedicated fund to provide financial support towards a Windows or Apple laptop.
The fund opened on 1 September and applications must be submitted and completed before Friday 28 May 2021.
Am I eligible?
You must be fully enrolled to access the means-tested fund. The scheme is open to home and EU Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying a full-time or part-time course. If you are studying part-time, you must be studying at least 50% of the full-time equivalent course. This means that it should take you no more than twice the time to complete the course, than if you were studying full-time.
Distance learning students are not eligible to apply.
You must have applied for all student funding available to you (including the Maintenance and Tuition Fee Loans, any grants from the Student Loans Company and any postgraduate loans) before you can apply to the fund. If you are an undergraduate student, you must be studying on a course that is eligible for statutory student funding. Once you apply, we will assess your financial ability to purchase a laptop and will take into account your household income and your own personal finances.
If you are studying an undergraduate course you will need to demonstrate your household income through your means tested student loan. If you are an undergraduate student and have not been means tested by the Student Loans Company, you will need to tell us why on your application.
If you are a postgraduate student, you will need to evidence your parents’ income if you are under 25. If you are over 25, we will need to see evidence of your income. In both instances we will look at evidence such as a previous year’s P60.
How long will it take to hear back?
Once we have all the information we need on your application, we aim to assess it within five working days. If your application is approved, our supplier will contact you to give you access to an online portal where you can choose your device. Once you have chosen your device and paid any outstanding balance, our supplier will deliver it within 10 working days.
Any awards will be in the form of a non-transferable £500 voucher. The voucher can only be used with an approved university supplier and will contribute towards the cost of your laptop. We cannot make payments from this fund in cash or via bank transfer.
It is advisable to order your equipment as soon as possible after you receive your voucher code. Vouchers must be redeemed by Friday 25 June 2021. Any vouchers that have not been redeemed by 25 June 2021, will be void. The voucher can only be used to purchase a Windows or Apple laptop and a limited number of accessories, such as a mouse or a keyboard.
Any laptops you purchase will need to meet the minimum or recommended university specification below. However, we would urge you to refer to the technical specifications related to your course before purchasing your equipment.
|Minimum specification||Recommended Specification|
|Processor||Dual-core 2 Ghz||Dual-core 3.4 Ghz|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||128 GB||256 GB|
We have worked with our supplier to ensure that any educational discounts available through the manufacturer, are applied to devices you purchase through this scheme.
The value of the voucher is fixed at £500. If you choose a device that costs more than £500, you will be required to pay any remaining balance to the supplier before the device is dispatched to you. If your chosen device costs less than £500, you will not receive the difference between the two prices. If you experience any issues with the delivery of your device or where there is a fault with the device, you will need to resolve this with the supplier or through the manufacturer warranty.
As the device belongs to you, you will also be responsible for the maintenance of the device. We also recommend that you ensure you have an appropriate insurance policy for your device, or the device is covered by an existing policy.