Student COVID-19 Support Fund

If you're facing additional costs or a significant reduction in income because of the COVID-19 pandemic you can apply for support from the University. All registered students are eligible to apply.

Students outside The Diamond


To apply for the funds you must meet the two criteria listed below:

  • Be fully registered 
  • Facing additional costs or a significant reduction in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of what can be supported: Private COVID-19 tests required for travel, increase in costs due to periods of self isolation, increased utility bills due to working from home, significant losses of income because of the pandemic. 

Examples of what cannot be supported: accommodation costs, tuition fees, expected living costs (food, travel to and from University), cash awards towards newly purchased (bought since 1 December 2020) laptops/desktops/tablets.  

How to apply

1. To apply for support you'll need to complete the application form below. 

You should attach evidence to the online form to confirm your circumstances. This can be submitted as a screenshot, a PDF or a photograph of a computer screen. Increased costs or loss of income can only be considered from this academic year. 

If you need to submit a second application or provide further information please email us (contact details are at the bottom of this page).

Apply for the Student COVID-19 Support Fund

Please ensure you attach evidence to your application form to confirm your circumstances. We will not be able to process your claim without it.

We recommend contacting us before purchasing any items for confirmation that it can be reimbursed. 

Examples of evidence you may include:

Re-arranged travel costs
  • Booking confirmation - showing the total cost, travel details and your name
  • Cancelled travel tickets
  • Re-booking fees
Significant loss of earnings
  • Example of a previous wage slips (minimum 3)
  • Confirmation from your employer that your hours have been reduced
  • Bank statements showing a regular wage being paid in
Private Coronavirus test for travel
  • Confirmation of the test booking and the cost
Other additional costs
  • Increase in food costs, for example, if you are having to pay food delivery charges whilst self isolating
  • Receipts or bank statements showing how much you have spent on any additional costs for example office furniture or IT connectivity hardware (e.g. wifi booster).

2. You'll be notified of the outcome of your application within 5-7 working days of submitting the form and all required evidence. 

3. Successful applications will receive support within 5 working days of your outcome email. 

If you have any questions about the process or evidence required please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

If you are facing any unexpected additional costs or costs that relate to childcare, caring responsibilities or a disability please apply for Financial Support.  

Points to note

  • Awards are a contribution to costs and will not necessarily cover all of your financial needs. Some areas of support are capped to ensure all students have an opportunity to apply. 
  • The minimum claim/award is £10.
  • Awards and reimbursements will only cover the cost of standard travel.
  • Awards may be calculated using reasonable living costs - this is based on annual amounts used by the Department for Work and Pensions called Composite Living Costs. 
  • Applications that need further information may be referred to the Financial Support application so that a more thorough assessment can be completed. 
  • This fund cannot be used towards tuition fees.
  • The Students' Union are currently campaigning for a rent rebate for students living in privately rented accommodation. You cannot apply for a rent rebate from these funds. 
  • Applications are treated with the utmost confidentiality and will never be shared with your department, unless you give us permission or ask us to do so. 
  • Visiting students should apply to their home university for financial help in the first instance.
  • Students applying for support for a test as part of the Test and Release scheme must use one of the approved providers.
  • The Student Support and Guidance helpdesk is currently closed, application forms and evidence must be submitted electronically until further notice. If you cannot do this please contact us (details below).
  • Processing and response times may be delayed because of University closure days and Bank Holidays. 

Contact us

Financial Support Team


Telephone: 0114 222 1319 (Monday - Friday, 10 - 4)