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Salford support fund

The Salford Support Fund is provided by the University and is used, in line with NASMA guidance, to assist students who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulties during the academic year and/or considering leaving higher education because of financial problems.

It can provide non-repayable awards to students experiencing hardship as a result of ongoing financial difficulties or one off, unexpected essential expenditure.

Each application is assessed individually against set criteria and is based on evidence provided, there is no guarantee that an applicant will receive funding and there is no automatic entitlement to a payment from the Fund.

The Salford Support Fund is a cash limited fund which is subject to early closure in the event of funding coming to an end.

The Salford Support Fund is also supported by charitable donations from alumni of the University who give to the Salford Advantage Fund in support of current students.

The Salford Support Fund is available to provide support for home (i.e. UK) students experiencing financial difficulty.  The fund is part of the University’s commitment to providing financial support to students to enable them to achieve their potential at University set out in the university’s Access & Participation Plan.  The aim of the fund is to relieve financial hardship that might impact on a student’s participation at University, however there is no automatic entitlement to an award from the fund.

The Salford Support Fund is intended to help with essential living costs or unexpected financial emergencies only and cannot be used to assist with non-priority debts such as credit card or personal loan repayments, nor can the fund be used to pay tuition fees.

There are two different types of award that can be given as part of the Salford Support Fund, standard and non-standard awards.  For a Standard award an assessment of your income against allowable expenditure will be carried out to see if you are eligible for an award.  Non-standard awards are considered when a student doesn’t qualify for a standard award but has an unexpected expenditure during the year which results in them suffering hardship. 

Who Can Apply?

All UK undergraduate and postgraduate full and part-time students are able to apply to the fund however, before making an application you must have accessed all other sources of funding available to you; this includes using any savings, financial support from family and utilising any overdrafts available to you.

If you are a postgraduate student or a part-time undergraduate student then you must be able to show that you have made reasonable arrangements to financially support yourself during your studies. The Salford Support Fund cannot be relied upon to cover your living costs while at university.

When Can I Apply?

The Salford Support Fund opens on Monday 24th September 2018 for all students eligible to apply.

  • The closing date for students on courses starting between September – December 2018 will be Friday 31st May 2019 (subject to funds remaining)
  • The closing date for students on courses starting between January – April 2019 will be Friday 26th July 2019 (subject to funds remaining)
  • The closing date for students in their final year of study is Friday 19th April or 6 weeks before the end of the course for any courses starting between January – April (subject to funds remaining)

The Salford Support Fund is a cash limited fund which is subject to early closure  in  the event of funding coming to an end.

We have a new process in place for applying to the Salford Support Fund in 2018-19

In order to apply to the fund you will need to contact the askUS Enquiries Team to be sent the online form to complete. To contact askUS Enquiries you can visit one of the askUS enquiries desks at University House or MediaCityUK or you can phone us on 0161 295 0023 (option 2, option 3)

Once you have completed the form in full and submitted it you will be contacted by the Salford Support Fund Team to invite you in for an  appointment to discuss your current financial situation.

Please note: you will not be offered an appointent with the assessment team if your application is missing evidence or has not been fully completed.

*The fund is currently closed for applications.*

Stage 1 – Assessment Review

If you are not happy with the outcome of your assessment then you can ask to have your assessment reviewed. To request that your assessment decision be reviewed you need to fill out a short form explaining the reasons for wanting a review of the area of your assessment that needs reviewing.

Reviews can be requested if you feel that there has been a mistake made within your assessment or if relevant information has been missed out. This includes submitting evidence that was not available at the time of assessment if applicable. Applications will not be sent for review if the reason is purely due to being disappointed with the outcome. Please note that capped figures and the treatment of debt as set out in our guidance cannot be changed.

You can find the Review form here

Stage 2 – Formal Appeal

If after the outcome of the Review Panel, you are still not happy with your assessment decision then you are entitled to make a formal appeal.

There are two grounds on which a student can formally appeal the decision:

  • The approved procedures for the allocation of the Salford Support Fund were not followed or
  • A decision was made that was not supported by the evidence submitted

A student who wishes to appeal against a Salford Support Fund decision must do so on an Appeal Form within 15 working days of the date on the decision letter or the date of your review.

You must indicate the grounds for the appeal and a detailed statement must be submitted, explaining why the decision is being challenged. Where the ground for an appeal is that the Salford Support Fund decision was not supported by the evidence submitted, the appellant must have received guidance on how the original decision was made before an appeal can be pursued.

The Appeal Panel will consider an appeal after the deadline only if there is a valid reason for the appeal being delayed. The Appeals Panel will make the final decision on whether it will consider appeals submitted after the deadline.

Appeals Procedure

The student's Appeal Form and a summary of the original application will be submitted to the Appeal Panel for consideration together with a copy of the assessor's spreadsheet and assessment sheet giving the reason for the original decision. The Appeal Panel may review the full application if required.

The decision of the Appeal Panel on the current application is final.

If an appeal is rejected this does not prevent a re-application based on changed circumstances at a later date.

The names of  the Appeal Panel can be given upon request.

If you wish to make a formal appeal then please contact to request the appropriate form.

Following the Government's decision not to fund the first £200 of any required computer or laptop that has been recommended through a DSA assessment, the University has decided to offer financial assistance in reimbursing these costs to help support you with your studies.

The link to the form below is intended for all 'Home' disabled students who require a computer or laptop (as confirmed on their Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Approval Letter) but who do not receive the first £200 towards this from their DSA award.

DSA Contribution Support

You can contact us by telephone on 0161 295 0023 (option 2, option 3) or by emailing

Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our Equiries Team at the askUS desks located in University House, and MediaCityUK.

You can see our opening hours across campus here

You can view the full assessment procedure guidelines to which the fund adheres to here.