Financial Support 2018-19

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All full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply for Financial Support. We expect that students will have obtained sufficient funding to support the duration of your studies prior to starting your course and you have considered a realistic budget for each year.

Financial Support is intended to support students who are facing financial hardship due to unforeseen costs. This includes, but is not limited to, those who are facing financial difficulties due to exceptional circumstances, have additional costs due to a disability or those with dependants.

A shortfall in funding for general living and study costs – such as accommodation/rent payments or text books – are not classed as an unforeseen cost.

If you are an undergraduate student it is important that you include the summer vacation period when considering your budget – your final Student Finance payment will be paid in April/May so you’ll need to take this into account.

For information about budgeting, please refer to our Money tools web page.

Financial Support Facts: what you need to know

  • In order to apply for Financial Support you must be registered on a degree programme for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you must have received the first instalment of your Student Finance funding, if you are eligible to apply for this.
  • If your application is successful, awards are a contribution to costs and will not necessarily cover all of your additional financial needs.
  • The University will only consider one Financial Support application each academic year (August/September 2018 to July 2019), unless exceptional circumstances apply.
  • If you are a visiting student you should apply to your home university for financial help.
  • All applications are treated with the utmost confidentiality; details will never be shared with external parties unless you give us your permission to do so.
  • All contact will be by email to your student email account.

Submitting an application for Financial Support

You can apply by submitting an application form and providing the supporting documentation listed below.

The compulsory documents you must supply are:

  • A copy of your completed Money Planner.
  • Proof of your main source of income e.g. Student Finance documentation, evidence of a loan or scholarship.
  • Rent agreement or mortgage statement.
  • Copies of 3 months most recent consecutive bank statements for all of your accounts, for both you and your partner, where applicable.
  • Any other evidence to support the circumstances you note in your application for example, evidence of medical condition.

Please note the additional evidence below that should be included by students who would like their childcare responsibilities considered in their application. We require this evidence even if your child does not live with you full-time.

  • Child Tax Credit notification
  • Child Benefit notification
  • Evidence of childcare costs

You will find a check list of supporting documents in the 'Example Documents' section of this page.

Apply here

- You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email within 15 working days of receipt of a complete application
- A paper version of the application form is available from the right hand menu.
- Applications will be accepted up until 12 noon, Friday 7th June 2019 (Please note applications
received after this time will automatically be rejected). Final year undergraduates must have applied by Friday 24th May 2019.


Submitting an emergency application 

If you are in urgent financial need and require funds immediately, you can submit an application along with your most recent 3 months bank statements.

When you submit an Emergency Funding request, we will review your application and consider whether you need funds immediately and will contact you by email to your University account informing you of what you’ll need to do next.

If you do need immediate funds, we will ask you to come to the office so that we can process a payment – please note that this will be a small amount to contribute to your costs whilst we complete a full assessment. You’ll be required to provide all of the supporting documentation within 1-2 weeks of us providing an initial award, depending on your circumstances, so that we can complete an assessment.

If we determine that you do not need funds immediately, we will ask you to submit full documentation and your application will then be processed within the standard time frame.

Examples of Emergency Funding application – urgent financial need

  • Your funding has been delayed and you do not have access to any funds.
  • For your own safety, you have had to secure alternative accommodation at short notice.
  • Your bank account has been closed and you cannot access your funds.
  • You need to travel home urgently.
  • You have been a victim of crime – you would need to provide a crime reference number in this case.

Please note that funding is limited, and we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful in receiving an award.


Help and Advice

If you to discuss your financial situation with someone, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 0114 222 8660, advice@sheffield.ac.uk or visit the Student Advice Centre.