Financial Difficulties

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

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

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. 

Applications for academic year 20/21 opened on 5th October 2020. Applications to the fund close 6 weeks prior to the end of your studies.  

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. 

Further information on the Student Support Fund and how to apply can be found here

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

This Fund aims to provide financial assistance to students who need financial support to but IT equipment that is required for them to to undertake their course. 

Further information on the Digital Hardship Fund can be found here. 

The Covid-19 Student Support Fund is being made available to support students who are studying in Wales and are experiencing financial hardship arising from the pandemic. 

It is being funded by the Welsh Government via the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). We have worked with the other Welsh universities to develop a common approach for distributing the money.  

Further information on the Covid-19 Student Support Fund 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 its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support.  

The Stand Alone (https://www.standalone.org.uk/guides/student-guide/#independent-status) definition of being irreconcilably estranged is “You are eligible to be considered for independence on the basis of being estranged from your parents if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive parents or your only living parent for a significant period of time and your estrangement is irreconcilable.” 

Please book an appointment with a Money and Support Adviser for advice on how to apply for the bursary.  

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.

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.