University of Salford announces Covid-19 Assistance Fund
The University of Salford has today (Monday 11 January) announced the launch of a Covid-19 Assistance Fund to support their students with the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic.
The fund has been established to support students living in halls and in privately owned accommodation with the cost of rent, as well as for students with financial issues not related to rent. The University has worked with the Students' Union to launch the fund.
The University will be making a payment to all students living in Campus Living Villages (CLV) accommodation - the University's exclusive accommodation partner. CLV have paused a rental payment that was due on Tuesday 12 January and will be adjusting accounts to reflect the University's contribution, confirming the new rental payment and payment date as soon as possible.
The University will be making a payment to CLV to the value of £1000 per student for students in John Lester and Eddie Coleman accommodation and £1200 for Peel Park Quarter residents, who are located on campus with more facilities and more expensive rents.
For students who live in private halls from other suppliers and for those that live in private housing, up to £1000 is available from the assistance fund. This fund will be open for applications on Monday 18 January and will close on Friday 29 January. The eligibility criteria and full details of how to access this fund will be available to students from Thursday 14 January.
For all other financial needs, students can apply for support from the Covid-19 Assistance Fund and the University has also expanded the financial provision in their Salford Support Fund and International Support Fund. Applications to support other financial needs will be means tested.
Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience, commented: “We know that the current government guidance is frustrating for students, and we hear and share those concerns. By launching this fund, we hope to provide some financial support during these incredibly challenging times.
“We have worked as quickly as possible to deliver this support, in a fast-changing situation with no advance warning of recent government announcements. The issue of student accommodation and rents is a sector wide concern, and one that needs to be urgently reviewed by government.”
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