What is it?
The University of West London provides discretionary financial assistance to help students to remain in higher education if they are facing financial difficulties. This is a fund put together by the University and is designed to help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship and intervene where students may consider leaving higher education due to financial problems. A student can only apply for it once every academic year.
Who can apply?
This scheme is open to UWL home status students. Please take into consideration the following criteria before applying:
You must have taken out the full tuition and maintenance funding available to you, e.g., Student Loans, Student Loans Company, NHS funding, etc.
You must be able to show genuine financial hardship
You must be a full-time student
You must be currently enrolled at UWL
Make sure you have accessed all additional funding you are eligible for, e.g., scholarships, grants, parental support, etc.
The Purpose of the SSF
The purpose of the Student Support Fund is to help to relieve unforeseen financial hardship that might impact a student’s participation in higher education and the completion of their course. The circumstances that may cause this are:
Threat of losing accommodation
Struggling to meet course or living costs
Struggling to meet costs which are not being met by statutory sources of funding
Threat of having to leaving higher education because of financial issues
The fund cannot be used to clear debts or hardships that pre-date the start of your course.
How do I apply?
You can apply for the Student Support Fund in 2 ways, both online:
Download the application here, fill it in as a PDF and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, with all supporting evidence.
Fill in the Microsoft form online and upload your evidence when prompted in the form.
We advise meeting with a member of the UWL Advice Team or the SU Advice Team before completing your application, to ensure you are fully informed, for your best chance of being approved and to be advised as to whether you may be eligible.
Where does UWLSU come in?
The Students’ Union Advice Team can help you with your application. They can take you through every step of the process, including answering any questions and helping to see if you may be eligible. We do not provide the fund but we can check over your application – we are only here to help you with the process.