Salford Support Fund
The Salford Support Fund was created to help UK students who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulties during the academic year and/or are considering leaving higher education because of financial problems. The Fund’s purpose is to help our students to achieve their potential at University. If you are an international student who is experiencing financial hardship, read our International Support Fund information.
Students experiencing hardship as a result of ongoing financial difficulties or one off, unexpected essential costs can be given a non-repayable* award through the Fund. Any awards given are intended to help with essential living costs or a unexpected financial emergencies only and cannot be used to assist with non-priority debts such as credit card or personal loan repayments. The Fund cannot be used to pay tuition fees.
Each application is assessed individually against set criteria and is based on evidence provided. There is no automatic entitlement to a payment from the Fund and no guarantees that applicants will be successful.
The Salford Support Fund opens on 18 September 2023 for all eligible students and closes on 31 July 2024. Please note that we cannot accept applications from final year students who are eight weeks or less from completing their course.
*Non-repayable means that you do not need to pay the money back to the University.
Types of awards
- Standard: an assessment of income against allowable expenditure will be carried out to see if you are eligible for an award
- Non-standard: considered when you don’t qualify for a standard award but have unexpected expenditure during the year resulting in hardship
Eligibility for the Fund
- You must be a UK student or an EU student in receipt of both a tuition fees loan and a maintenance loan from Student Finance
- You must be registered on a full or part-time course. This can be at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level of study
- If you are a postgraduate student or a part-time undergraduate student, you must be able to show that you have made reasonable financial provision to support yourself during your studies
- You must have accessed all other sources of funding available to you before making an application, e.g. funding from Student Finance, savings, financial support from family, utilising any overdrafts available to you, etc.
Applying for the Fund
In order to apply to the Fund you will need to contact askUS to request a link to the online application. To contact askUS, you can phone us on +44 (0)161 295 0023 (option 2, option 3), email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in University House, Peel Park campus.
Before completing the form, review our guide to make sure you have all the necessary evidence and documentation we require to make a full assessment. Once you have completed the form in full and submitted it, your application will be assessed by a specialist askUS adviser. You may be contacted to provide further evidence or to attend an appointment to discuss your financial circumstances.
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.
Rise in the cost of living
Due to the rise in living costs caused by inflation and energy cost increases, we have made changes to our composite living cost (CLC) figure that we use to measure students' weekly expenditure, making sure that any awards we give account for this. If you live in accommodation where you do not pay separate energy bills (such as Peel Park Quarter), you will not have energy bills included in your CLC figure.
When applying to the fund, you can state ‘cost of living/energy bills’ as a reason in your personal statement along with any other circumstances/reasons for your application for hardship funding.
These recent changes will make it more likely that you will receive an award or a higher award but does not guarantee you an award.
Appeals for unsuccessful applications
Stage 1: Assessment Review
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 submission of new evidence that was not available at the time of assessment, if applicable. Applications will not be reviewed if the reason is purely disappointment with the outcome. Please note that capped figures and the treatment of debt as set out in our guidance cannot be changed.
Please contact email@example.com to request a Review form. This should be requested and submitted within 15 days of the date on your decision letter.
Stage 2: Formal Appeal
If after the outcome of the Review, you are still not satisfied with your assessment decision, you are entitled to make a formal appeal.
The grounds on which a student can formally appeal the decision are:
- The approved procedures for the allocation of the Salford Support Fund were not followed
- A decision was made that was not supported by the evidence submitted
Appeals against a Salford Support Fund decision must be submitted 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 reason for an appeal is that the Salford Support Fund decision was not supported by the evidence submitted, you must have received guidance on how the original decision was made before an appeal can be pursued.
The Appeals 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.
Your Appeal Form and a summary of the original application will be submitted to the Appeals Panel for consideration together with a copy of the assessor's spreadsheet and assessment sheet giving the reason for the original decision. The Appeals Panel may review the full application if required.
The decision of the Appeals 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 Appeals Panel can be given upon request.
If you wish to make a formal appeal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the appropriate form.
Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) contribution support
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.
Applications for DSA open on 18 September 2023 for all eligible students and close on 31 July 2024. Find out more information on our Funding for Support webpage.