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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

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 from the Salford Support Fund: standard and non-standard awards.  For a standard award an assessment of income against allowable expenditure will be carried out to see if the applicant is eligible for an award.  Non-standard awards are considered when a student doesn’t qualify for a standard award but has unexpected expenditure during the year which results in them suffering hardship.

Who Can Apply?

If you are a UK undergraduate or postgraduate full or part-time student, you can apply to the Fund, however, before making an application you must have accessed all other sources of funding available to you; this includes funding from Student Finance, 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 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 23rd September 2019 for all students eligible to apply.

  • The closing date for students on courses starting between September – December  will be Friday 3rd July 2020 (subject to funds remaining)
  • The closing date for students on courses starting between January – April will be Friday 24th July 2020 (subject to funds remaining)
  • The closing date for students in their final year of study is Tuesday 30th June 2020 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.

In order to apply to the Fund you will need to contact the askUS Enquiries Team to request a link to the online application. 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 appointment with the assessment team if your application is missing evidence or has not been fully completed.

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 emailing