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If you are in receipt of both a tuition fee loan AND Maintenance (day-to-day living costs) loan then for the purposes of the Student Support Fund you will be classed as a statutory funded student.

This means that for the purpose of our assessment you have made a realistic financial plan to attend university.This will include students whose tuition fees and/or day-to-day living costs are supported through the NHS bursary scheme.

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 would recommend submitting an application as we will consider providing some level of support to cover basic expenditure such as food and utilities, to allow you to go through the assessment process with Student Finance/NHS.

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

If you believe that your household income for the current tax year, 21/22 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.

 

If you are not eligible to receive both a tuition fee loan AND Maintenance loan from Student Finance then for the purpose of the Student Support Fund you will be classed as a self-funding student.

This means that we would expect you to have a robust financial plan in place to cover the costs involved in attending university and are only seeking support because an unexpected/unforeseen event has occurred that has had a negative impact on that plan. If you are a postgraduate in receipt of a loan from Student Finance, which you are primarily going to use towards the cost of your tuition fees then you will also be classed as a self-funding students.

 

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. 

 

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, alternatively you can book one of our online drop-ins here

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