Financial Difficulties

The university can offer support to UK students who are experiencing financial difficulties. 

EU and International students are not eligible to apply and should make an appointment with an adviser to discuss their situation. 

Applications to the schemes below are now open. If you are currently experiencing urgent financial difficulties, please contact [email protected] explaining your situation or you can make an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser to discuss your situation further. 

Please also see our general money management and Cost of Living support pages. 

Support from the schemes below is subject to review and as such, it is not guaranteed to be available every academic year or during the whole of an academic year.  

The Student Support Fund can offer support to UK students who are experiencing financial difficulties 

Please note that an award from the Fund is not an automatic entitlement. The Student Support Fund is subject to review and as such, it is not guaranteed to be available every academic year or during the whole of an academic year. 

The Student Support Fund opened on 3rd October 2022, further information can be found here

If you are currently experiencing financial difficulties, please contact [email protected] explaining your situation or you can make an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser to discuss your situation further. 


Students experiencing problems with their statutory student funding (e.g. Student Finance/NHS) and have not yet received the first payment and are in immediate hardship as a result are advised to book an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser.  

An appointment with an Adviser can be made by visiting Advice Zone Online or by selecting: 

Book an Appointment

USW is introducing a new Cost of Living Bursary for the autumn 2022 term in response to the cost of living challenges that many people are experiencing.  

Further information can be found here

The Care Leaver Bursary is for students studying at a USW campus, who are currently in the care of a Local Authority or have been in the care of a Local Authority three years prior to commencing their course.

Students who have disclosed that they are a Care Leaver will be contacted with information on how to apply for the Care Leaver Bursary and will be required to provide evidence from a Local Authority or relevant organisation before the Fund closure deadline.

For more information on the support available for Care Leavers please visit our Care Leavers webpage. If you would like to speak with the Care Leaver Co-ordinator please email [email protected].

The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including providing a Bursary from its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs). Find out more.

The University is keen to offer support to student who are estranged from their parents including providing a Bursary from the Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support.    

  

The Estranged Student Bursary offers an award of £1,000 (£500 for part time students) paid in the summer term to help towards your summer costs.   


The applications for the bursary for new applications are now open, the application form can be found here. 


If you received the Estranged Bursary last academic year you will be automatically sent an application form.  


 You will need to provide evidence that you have been assessed as estranged by your funding body at the time of application.   

  

Once you have applied, your bursary application will be assessed within 20 working days and you will be notified of the decision to your student email address.   

  

If you would like any assistance in applying, have not yet been assessed as estranged by your funding body or wish to discuss your eligibility, please book an appointment with a Money Adviser.  

  

There is more information on other support available to estranged students here   

  

 


If you are a 'Home’ student, studying at a USW campus and have lived in hostels and homeless shelters with no fixed abode in the 6 months prior to commencing your course, or during your course, you may be eligible for the Homeless Bursary. (Please note that, as this is given to assist with Summer living costs between academic years, you cannot also be granted this bursary if you are in receipt of a USW Care Leaver Bursary.)

You will need to provide a signed letter from the Foyer/Homeless Shelter confirming your stay before the Fund closure deadline. If you are unable to provide proof please make an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser to discuss your situation.

This fund can provide discretionary assistance to eligible international students who are facing financial hardship due to significant unexpected and unforeseen circumstances.  

The fund is not available for hardship due to a shortfall in income. As an international student, you are expected to have made adequate provision for your tuition fees and living costs prior to starting each academic year of your course.   

Please note, if you are studying the first year of your course or a one-year course, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to receive support from this fund.   

Find out more

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply for any of the schemes, please email [email protected] or make an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser.