Summer Assistance Fund opening soon
8 May 2019
The Summer Assistance Fund is a scheme to financially support eligible students over the summer vacation.
The fund launches on Monday 3 June and closes for applications on Friday 26 July. This fund is only available for those who meet one of the specific eligibility criteria and students can apply online.
Applications will be considered from non-final year students who satisfy one of the following criteria:
- Students with children;
- Students retaking or resitting elements of their course either in or out of attendance across the summer;
- Students who are ill or have a disability and are therefore unable to undertake work, and for whom other benefits are not available;
- Care leavers, or those who are a carer (but not of children) and students who are estranged from their parents and family.
Please be aware that Summer Assistance is not available to postgraduate students as this assessment is taken over the 13 weeks of the summer vacation period. As postgraduate students study over a 52 week period their assessment period is covered in their hardship assessment.
Application Process (opens Monday 3 June)
Students meeting the above eligibility criteria can complete an application online here
Once the student submits their application form along with their supporting documentation, their application will be assessed and the outcome confirmed via email to their university email address within 10 working days.
Applications will be accepted up until 17:00 on Friday 26 July. This will allow for processing and payment to be made unless funds are exhausted prior to this date.
Treatment of Income
Where student support income has already been considered in a previous assessment that student support income will not be considered again when assessing summer assistance funding. All other income will be considered in full.
Students eligible for welfare benefits during the summer will have the relevant benefit figure considered even if they are not yet in receipt of the monies.
What assistance will be offered?
Help with day to day living costs such as food, travel and help with housing costs.
Students that have an outstanding short-term loan from any previous or current academic year will have this money deducted from their award unless a discussion has taken place with the student money team to explore the reasons for not deducting the loan.
Awards will only be made if there are monies remaining within the fund to allow for payment.
Evidence Requirements (as applicable)
Confirmation email from your school that you are resitting or repeating over the summer period. Please send this to the email address below.
Confirmation letter from your GP, disability services or your support worker (as applicable) to confirm that you are unable to work over the summer.
Copy of one month’s up-to-date bank statements for all your accounts, including savings accounts (and your partner’s accounts if applicable).
All evidence for the award and any questions about the scheme should contact the student money team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 812 6701.