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Eligible for the Student Hardship Fund or Laptop Bursary?

At UCASU, we want to make sure you are supported in as many ways as possible throughout your studies. Read on to find out if you could be eligible for additional financial support.

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At UCASU, we want you to be supported throughout your studies in as many ways as possible, and this includes financial wellbeing. UCA offers a Student Hardship Fund and a Laptop Bursary, and we are keen for all eligible students to take advantage of this. 

Financial Hardship Assistance Fund

This fund supports undergraduate students who are experiencing financial difficulties beyond their control and can demonstrate a clear financial need.  The Fund is open to students who are UK nationals, students who have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or indefinite leave to remain so there are no restrictions on how long they can stay. Overseas students and students with pre-settled status are not eligible to apply.

Students are expected to have applied for all funding available to them and to have taken advantage of any alternative sources of funding including an interest-free overdraft.  Students from any year group can apply if they can demonstrate hardship, however, the Fund will prioritise particular groups of students.

Forms and further information for both are on myUCA on the A-Z or on the website

Applications will remain open until 31st May 2022 for final year students and 22nd July 2022 for all other students.

If you would like any more information about either of the above, please contact the students union at advice.su@uca.ac.uk or the specialist advisor for your campus at: advicecant@uca.ac.uk - adviceeps@uca.ac.uk - advicefarn@uca.ac.uk - adviceroch@uca.ac.uk. 

 

Student Laptop Bursary

This is a bursary for students with limited access to IT resources who may have difficulty engaging in online learning.

The Bursary is open to students who are UK nationals, students who have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or indefinite leave to remain so there are no restrictions on how long they can stay. Overseas students and students with pre-settled status are not eligible to apply. Students must also fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • Students studying a pre-degree course (RQF level 3) with a household income of £28,000 or less

  • Students studying year 1, year 2 or year 0 of an undergraduate course (RQF Level 4) who are eligible for the student maintenance loan are able to apply where household income is £25,000 or less and the maximum maintenance loan has been taken.

Students who received a Student Technology Bursary in the 2020/21 academic year will not be eligible to make a further application.

 Awards will be up to £500 depending on the cost of the hardware requested and will initially be paid as an interest-free loan until proof of purchase is received.  Once proof of purchase has been provided the loan will be converted to a non-repayable grant.

Click here for further information and application forms. 

Applications for the Student Laptop Bursary will remain open until 1 April 2022 or until the funding has been fully allocated, whichever is sooner.

 

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