Hardship Fund Applications
Our Student Money team provide confidential specialist advice to current and prospective students on issues including student funding, benefit entitlement, budgeting and debt. The team also manage our University Hardship Fund and other discretionary funding initiatives such as the Accommodation Deposit Scheme and our Summer Assistance Fund, available to current students. We also approve US Direct Loans, Veteran Affairs (GI Funding) and Private Loans for US Students.
The Team: Andy Withey - Head of Student Money
Mobina Begum, John Tate and Roseanne Hicks (Money Advisers)
Ben Greaves and Ben Chastney - Money Support Officer
Anne Leavy - US Loans & Money Officer
Our Hardship Funds provide additional financial help towards the essential costs associated with being a student.
Awards made from the Funds are usually non-repayable grants. Our Hardship Funds cannot help with the payment of tuition fees, resit fee payments, or optional study abroad payments. The Fund has a financial limit which is set and this means that we can only make a contribution towards any assessed 'additional need' that you might have. Awards are not guaranteed and you can only apply to the hardship fund once per academic year.
Leeds Beckett Hardship Fund 2020/21 will open for applications on Monday 28th September. There is no access to the online application before this date.
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% due to 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Students who have temporarily withdrawn from their studies with the intention of returning after time out are also able to apply.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 breaking down and becoming irreconcilable).
Students that do not receive an award from a 'Standard' Hardship assessment may be considered for a 'Non-Standard' assessment. Non-Standard awards are agreed at the discretion of the Head of Student Money.
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 which full-time students cannot apply for until their baby is born.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.
- Fri 29th May 2020 at 16:00 - Leeds Beckett Hardship Funds - Continuing students
- Fri 15th May 2020 at 16:00 - Leeds Beckett Hardship Fund - Final Year Student
Applications to the Fund must be submitted along with all of the appropriate supporting evidence required in your particular circumstances. As you progress through the online application form you will be prompted to upload scans or screenshots of your supporting documentation. Please note that we are unable to carry out our assessment without all of the supporting documents required for your circumstances.
If you are unable to scan or upload any of the documents please make it clear on your supporting statement that this is the case. As the application form will not let you progress unless you have attached a file, attach a word document that states how and when this document will be submitted. We will accept emailed scanned copies or screenshots after the date of submission and up to two weeks after submission before the application is closed due to lack of evidence. If you are having any issues or have additional documentation to send in support of your application please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the standard evidence requested, 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.
Money Support Appointments
- Appointments with a Money Support Officer can be booked for those who have completed their application and wish to discuss their circumstances further or who are experiencing difficulties providing the required evidence. Appointments, both phone and face-to-face, can be booked here.
- The Student Experience Team are available to discuss straightforward queries and hand in evidence. Please visit either Student Hub for further details.
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.
Hardship Fund Guidance / Appeals procedure
For more information about the assessment process please consult the Leeds Beckett Hardship Fund Guidance and National Association of Money Advisor's (NASMA) Hardship Fund Guidance
If you feel you require a formal review of your assessment, please click the link below for details of the appeals process.