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Who can apply
Check whether you are eligible to apply to the fund

Statutory funded undergraduate students

These are students who have applied to either Student Finance or the NHS bursary scheme for financial support with both tuition fees and living costs. This can be in the form of a loan as with Student Finance or a non-repayable bursary from the NHS.

 
We would expect that all students who apply for support from the fund will have been income assessed and are receiving their full entitlement of statutory funding. If you are not in receipt of all of your statutory support (have not provided your household information) then it is unlikely that we will be able to complete a full assessment, however we will consider completing a reduced term assessment to allow you to go through the assessment process with Student Finance/NHS

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

EU undergraduate students

As an EU undergraduate students you are eligible to apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan, but will be required to fund day to day living costs yourself.

You are eligible to seek support from the fund, however you will need to be able to show that you had a realistic and achievable plan in place to cover your day to day living costs and are seeking support due to an unexpected or unforeseen event.

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. 

International undergraduate and postgraduate students

As an international student you are not eligible to apply for any statutory support and therefore will be funding both your tuition fees and day to day living costs. 


You are eligible to seek support from the fund, however we do not provide funding to cover tuition fees. If you are struggling to pay these then please contact the Student Services Centre to discuss what options may be available. 


As you are self-funding your living costs, we would expect you to have a realistic and achievable plan in place to cover these expenses and to be seeking support only because an unexpected event has occurred that has impacted on your financial situation. If your sponsorship has come to an end but you have not finished your course, unless this is because of a medical/personal issue it is unlikely that we will be able to offer support.

Any funds provided are solely through the generous donations of the Alumni, as these cannot be guaranteed this may impact on the level of support that can be provided. 


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

UK and EU postgraduates

As a UK /EU postgraduate you may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan from Student Finance. The loan is currently for £10,906 and you can use it either to fund your tuition fees or towards your living costs. 


You are eligible to seek support from the fund, however, if you use the postgraduate loan towards your tuition fees then you will need to be able to show that you had a realistic and achievable plan in place to cover your day to day living costs and are seeking support due to an unexpected or unforeseen event. 

We will not consider unsecured potential funding such as hoping to find a job/obtain a scholarship as having made a realistic plan.  

As standard we do not consider non-means tested benefits in our assessment, however if you are using these to demonstrate that you had sufficient funding in place to support your time at university you will be asked to meet with the assessment advisor to discuss your application in more detail. 


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

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

 As standard we do not consider non-means tested benefits in our assessment, however if you are using these to demonstrate that you had sufficient funding in place to support your time at university you will be asked to meet with the assessment advisor to discuss your application in more detail. 

Suspended students

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

It is unlikely that we will be able to provide long term support, but maybe able to provide short term funding in order that you can explore the options available to you. 

You will still be required to complete an application pack and a standard assessment will be completed as a starting point for assessing your financial situation. 

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 either call the Student Service Centre, +44(0) 2380 599 599, email stufunds@soton.ac.uk or attend one of our Drop-Ins at the Student Services Centre to discuss your situation in more detail.

 

 

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