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 Tuesday 20 September 2022 for all eligible students and closes on 31 July 2023.

*Non-repayable means that you do not need to pay the money back to the University.

Rise in the cost of living

Due to the rise in living costs caused by inflation and energy cost increases, we are making 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 funding.

These recent changes will make it more likely that you will receive an award or a higher award but do not guarantee you an award.

Types of awards

  1. Standard: an assessment of income against allowable expenditure will be carried out to see if you are eligible for an award
  2. Non-standard: considered when you don’t qualify for a standard award but have unexpected expenditure during the year resulting in hardship


Applying for the Salford Support 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

The Salford Support Fund opens Tuesday 20 September 2022 for all eligible students and closes on 31 July 2023. For more specific dates, head to the Student Hub

Find out how to apply on the Student Hub 
Phone: +44 (0)161 295 0023 (option 2, option 3)