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Statutory funded undergraduate students (UK)

Statutory funded students are those who are in receipt of either a Student Finance (SF) loan or an NHS bursary to support both their tuition fee costs and their day to day living expenses.

Most UK undergraduate students are eligible to receive a Student Finance maintenance loan to cover day to day living expenses. We would expect you to have provided Student Finance with your household income and therefore be in receipt of your full funding entitlement before applying to the Student Support Fund.

If you are not in receipt of all of your statutory support (i.e.have not provided your household information to Student Finance/NHS) then it is unlikely that we will be able to complete a full assessment, however we will consider providing short term support to cover basic expenditure such as food and utilities, to allow you to go through the assessment process with Student Finance/NHS.

Even if you are only eligible to receive the minimum loan from Student Finance due to the level of household income, we would still expect you to have been income assessed and able to demonstrate you are receiving your full entitlement.

Please be aware that support from the Fund is not guaranteed, cannot be considered as a continuing source of income and is entirely discretionary.

The Covid-19 situation may have had an impact on your household income. If you believe that your household income for the current tax year, 20/21 will be at least 15% lower than the household income details you provided to SF you can apply for a reassessment. Details of what you need to do can be found here 

More details on the Student Finance assessment process can be found here.

 

Please note that if you are not eligible to receive a maintenance loan, e.g. you are undertaking a second degree that does not qualify for further statutory support then, for the purpose of the Student Support Fund, you will be treated as a self-funding student. Our expectation being that you would have made sure that you had access to enough funds to cover all of the expenditure associated in coming to university.If you have not made a realistic financial  provision to attend university it is unlikely that we will be able to provide support to meet your day to day expenditure for an ongoing period, as we simply do not have sufficient funds available. We may, however, be able to provide short term support to allow you to explore all possible options. We may also be able to provide support if a crisis/emergency arises during the academic year.

EU undergraduate students

As an EU undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan, but you are not eligible to receive a maintenance loan to cover your day to day living expenses.

For the purpose of the Student Support Fund you are classed as a self-funding student.

It is our expectation that knowing this, you would have made sure that you had access to sufficient funds to cover all of the expenditure associated in coming to university. If you have not made a realistic financial  provision to attend university it is unlikely that we will be able to provide support to meet your day to day expenditure for an ongoing period, as we simply do not have sufficient funds available. We may, however, be able to provide short term support to allow you to explore all possible options. We may also be able to provide support if a crisis/emergency arises during the academic year.

Please be aware that support from the Fund is not guaranteed, cannot be considered as a continuing source of income and is entirely discretionary.

As an EU undergraduate you may be eligible to receive the University of Southampton bursary. More details on the criteria can be found here If you believe that you meet the necessary criteria you will need to provide your household information to Student Finance. They can be contacted on; 0141 243 3570.

Please check here to see whether you may be eligible to apply for any scholarships. 

UK and EU postgraduates

As a UK/EU postgraduate student you may be eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Loan.

The majority of students use the loan to cover tuition fees with only a minimal amount remaining to put towards day to day living expenses.

 For the purpose of the Student Support Fund you are classed as a self-funding student.

It is our expectation that knowing you may be only able to access a minimal amount of statutory support towards living costs, you would have made sure that you had access to sufficient funds to cover all of the expenditure associated in coming to university.

If you have not made a realistic financial provision to attend university it is unlikely that we will be able to provide support to meet your day to day expenditure for an ongoing period, as we simply do not have sufficient funds available.

We may, however, be able to provide short term support to allow you to explore all possible options.

We may also be able to provide support if a crisis/emergency arises during the academic year.

Please be aware that support from the Fund is not guaranteed, cannot be considered as a continuing source of income and is entirely discretionary.


Please check here to see whether you may be eligible to apply for any scholarships. 
 

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

UK students who are studying for a PG Dip in Nursing may be eligible to receive either a Student Finance (SF) loan and/or an NHS bursary to support their day to day living expenses.

For the purposes of the Student Support Fund your application will be assessed in the same way as a UK undergraduate. We would expect you to have provided Student Finance with your household income and therefore be in receipt of your full funding entitlement before applying to the Student Support Fund.

 If you are not in receipt of all of your statutory support (i.e. have not provided your household information to Student Finance/NHS), then it is unlikely that we will be able to complete a full assessment, however we will consider providing short term support to cover basic expenditure such as food and utilities, to allow you to go through the assessment process with Student Finance/NHS.

Even if you are only eligible to receive the minimum loan from Student Finance due to the level of household income, we would still expect you to have been income assessed and able to demonstrate you are receiving your full entitlement.

Please be aware that support from the Fund is not guaranteed, cannot be considered as a continuing source of income and is entirely discretionary.

You may also be eligible to receive a grant from the NHS. More information can be found here

The Covid-19 situation may have had an impact on your household income. If you believe that your household income for the current tax year, 20/21 will be at least 15% lower than the household income details you provided to SF you can apply for a reassessment. Details of what you need to do can be found here

 

More details on the Student Finance assessment process can be found here 

International undergraduate and postgraduate students

As an international student you are not eligible to apply for statutory government support in the form of a loan/grant from Student Finance or the NHS.

For the purpose of the Student Support Fund you are classed as a self-funding student.

It is our expectation that knowing this, you would have made sure that you had access to sufficient funds to cover all of the expenditure associated in coming to university.if you have not made realistic financial provision to attend university it is unlikely that we will be able to provide support to meet your day to day expenditure for an ongoing period, as we simply do not have sufficient funds available. We may, however, be able to provide short term support to allow you to explore all possible options. We may also be able to provide support if a crisis/emergency arises during the academic year.

Please be aware that support from the Fund is not guaranteed, cannot be considered as a continuing source of income and is entirely discretionary.

We are unable to provide any support for tuition fees. If you are struggling to pay these then please contact the Student Services Centre by email at: ssc@soton.ac.uk

Please check here to see whether you may be eligible to apply for any scholarships or additional funding. 

Part time students

Providing that you are studying at least 50% equivalent of a full-time course then you are eligible to apply for support.

We do not as standard look to cover day to day living costs but will consider specific costs incurred in relation to attending university, for example, travel costs or childcare costs. 

You will still be required to complete and submit an application form and all relevant supporting documentation. 

A standard assessment will be completed as a starting point for assessing your financial situation and whether any support can be provided.

As part of our normal methodology we do not consider non-means tested benefits in our assessment, however if you are using these to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds in place to cover all of the expenditure associated in coming to university these will be included.

Suspended students

We will only normally consider students who have suspended their studies due to ill health or personal reasons.

Due to the limited budget available, it is unlikely that we will be able to provide long term support, however we may be able to provide short term/targeted funding in order that you can explore the options available to you. 

You will still be required to complete and submit an application form and all relevant supporting documentation.

A standard assessment will be completed as a starting point for assessing your financial situation and whether any support can be provided. 

We would recommend that you contact the Advice Centre to discuss your situation.

Not Sure if you are eligible?

If you are worried that you may not be eligible to apply for support or would like to discuss your situation in more detail, please email: stufunds@soton.ac.uk and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

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