Funds

  • ** Discretionary & Childcare Funds for 2016/17 are now closed**

    If you are a continuing student worried about money, please contact us at fundingadvice@uws.ac.uk

    Discretionary & Childcare Funds for the 2017/18 academic year are now open 

    **Please note: Funds for Part-Time Discretionary applications will not open until 1st September 2017**

    In addition to statutory student support such as student loans, grants or bursaries, we administer a range of Discretionary and Childcare Funds. These funds come from the University and Scottish Government and are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.  By clicking the links below, you will find out what type of support is available, eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply. Please note, while we have significant demand from students, these funds are limited.

    At present we are unable to accept any applications by email. If you are unable to submit your application to the Student Link /Hub in person, don't worry! We don't need you to be there to have an application assessed and recommend you use these postal addresses to submit to us via post.

     

  • Discretionary and Childcare Funds 2017-2018

    • Full-time Undergraduate (incl PGDE)
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      Discretionary and Childcare Funds are available to all UK students who are in receipt of the maximum student support available to them and demonstrate a need for financial support while adhering to our various rates for appropriate expenditure. Although funding comes from the Scottish Government, you do not need to be Scottish to be eligible. Nursing and Midwifery students are not eligible. You may apply if you struggle to makes ends meet each month, or if you experience an unexpected cost that you have not budgeted for.

      It is unlikely that any award will cover your shortfall in full so we would encourage you to use our resources at www.uws.ac.uk/moneyadvice to help you budget effectively.

      Students wishing to apply for Childcare Funds should apply to the Discretionary Funds and will be assessed for both. This means you only need to complete one application, and have your childcare provider complete a form in support of your application.

      We encourage students to apply early. Applying for help meeting the costs of childcare should be a priority and should be done as early as possible to avoid disappointment. While we will do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis.

      Continuing students have been emailed about applying early and should follow these instructions. New students may submit applications to us from 1st July, or arrange to attend an appointment to have an application assessed, after this date.

      You can download the application form below and submit to the Student Link/Student Hub on your campus. Although we will not release funds until you are enrolled and attending, we aim to provisionally assess your application prior to the start of the academic session, giving you peace of mind.

       Download the Full-time Undergraduate Discretionary Fund Application Form 17/18 

       Childcare Form (if applicable) to be completed by Childcare Provider 

       Applying for help meeting the cost of  REGISTERED childcare

      The following documents explain more about the fund and how it is assessed:

       Full-time Undergraduate Discretionary Fund Guidance 17/18

       How to complete the Full Time Undergraduate Application 17-18

      The following documents are examples of evidence that may be submitted along with your application:

      Sample bank statement for single student with no dependents 

      Sample letter from parent regarding "dig" money 

      Extra sheet to list additional creditors for students with multiple debts  

      Discretionary and Childcare Fund -Electronic Budget Sheet   

    • Part-time Undergraduate
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      Funding for books/course materials, travel and childcare is available to all UK students who fund their studies through:

      While we do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis, so you should apply at the start of your studies to avoid disappointment. We will accept your application from the start of your modules and you must apply by the end of week 6.

      We accept applications from those who require support meeting the costs of both registered and unregistered childcare. Applying for help meeting the costs of childcare should be a priority. If applying for unregistered childcare, the maximum contribution we will consider will be £10 per 20 credit module, per week. 

      Download the Part-time Undergraduate Discretionary Fund Application Form 17/18 - Available from September. 

      Childcare Form (if applicable) to be completed by Childcare Provider - COMING SOON  

      If applying for help meeting the cost of unregistered childcare please note the maximum contribution. Instead of telling us the monthly cost, please provide weekly figures. 

      In the mean time, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the following documents which explain more about the fund and how it is assessed:

      Part-time Undergraduate Discretionary Fund Guidance 17/18 - COMING SOON

      Click here to view a sample application form (coming soon)

    • Full-time Postgraduate (exc. PGDE and Research)
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      Discretionary and Childcare Funds are available to all UK students who are in receipt of the maximum student support available to them(if any) and demonstrate a need for financial support while adhering to our various rates for appropriate expenditure. Although funding comes from the Scottish Government, you do not need to be Scottish to be eligible. Nursing and Midwifery students are not eligible. You may apply if you struggle to makes ends meet each month, or if you experience an unexpected cost that you have not budgeted for. 

      It is unlikely that any award will cover your shortfall in full so we would encourage you to use our resources at www.uws.ac.uk/moneyadvice to help you budget effectively.

      Students wishing to apply for Childcare Funds should apply to the Discretionary Funds and will be assessed for both. This means you only need to complete one application, and have your childcare provider complete a form in support of your application. 

      Applying for help meeting the costs of childcare should be a priority and should be done as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We encourage students to apply early. While we will do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis.

      You can download the application form below and submit to the Student Link/Student Hub on your campus. Although we will not release funds until you are enrolled and attending, we aim to provisionally assess your application prior to the start of the academic session, giving you peace of mind.We will start accepting applications on 1st July.

    • Part-time Postgraduate
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      Funding for books/course materials, travel and childcare is available to all UK students who:

      • are in receipt of the SAAS Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan, or
      • have an annual income of under £25k

      While we do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis, so you should apply at the start of your studies to avoid disappointment. We will accept your application from the start of your modules and you must apply by the end of week 6.

      We accept applications from those who require support meeting the costs of both registered and unregistered childcare. Applying for help meeting the costs of childcare should be a priority. If applying for unregistered childcare, the maximum contribution we will consider will be £10 per 20 credit module, per week. 

      Download the Part-time Postgraduate Discretionary Fund Application Form 17/18 - Available from September. 

      Childcare Form (if applicable) to be completed by Childcare Provider  - COMING SOON

      If applying for help meeting the cost of unregistered childcare please note the maximum contribution. Instead of telling us the monthly cost, please provide weekly figures.

      In the meantime, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the following documents which explain more about the fund and how it is assessed: 

      Part-time Postgraduate Discretionary Fund Guidance 17/18 - COMING SOON  

      Click here to view a sample application form (coming soon)

    • Pre. Reg. Nursing/Midwifery Childcare
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      You cannot apply for any Discretionary Funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS Childcare Fund. You can find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWS Childcare Fund Guidance for 17/18. We encourage students to apply as early as possible.  While we will do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis and will close when they run out.

      Continuing students have been emailed about applying early and should follow these instructions. New students may submit applications to us from 1st July, or arrange to attend an appointment to have an application assessed, after this date.

      Application pack for 2017/18

      Childcare Form to be completed by Childcare Provider

      Applying for help meeting the cost of REGISTERED childcare 

      The following documents will assist you in completing the application form:

      If you are facing unforeseen financial hardship, take a look at the section below on Pre. Reg. Nursing and Midwifery Hardship Funds.

    • International/EU Childcare
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      You cannot apply for any Discretionary Funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS Childcare Fund. You can find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWS Childcare Fund Guidance for 17/18. We encourage students to apply as early as possible. While we will do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis and will close when they run out.

      Continuing students have been emailed about applying early and should follow these instructions. New students may submit applications to us from 1st July, or arrange to attend an appointment to have an application assessed, after this date.

      Application pack for 2017/18 

      Childcare Form to be completed by Childcare Provider 

      Applying for help meeting the cost of REGISTERED childcare 

      The following documents will assist you in completing the application form:


       

       

    • Research Students Childcare
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      You cannot apply for any Discretionary Funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS Childcare Fund. You can find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWSChildcare Fund Guidance for 17/18. We encourage students to apply as early as possible.  While we will do our best to provide support to as many students as possible, the funds are ultimately awarded on a first come, first served basis and will close when they run out.

      Continuing students have been emailed about applying early and should follow these instructions. New students may submit applications to us from 1st July, or arrange to attend an appointment to have an application assessed, after this date. 

       Application pack for 2017/18 

       Childcare Form to be completed by Childcare Provider

       Applying for help meeting the cost of REGISTERED childcare 

      The following documents will assist you in completing the application form:  

       

       

    • Pre. Reg. Nursing and Midwifery Hardship Funds
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      The government has introduced funding to support pre. registration nursing and midwifery students from the UK who might be facing financial hardship during the course of their studies. These funds are extremely limited and can be used to support students experiencing unforeseen financial hardship. Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds available to support all those students who might apply, particularly those who are experiencing longer term financial shortfalls. This is due to the small amount of funding we have available.

      Unforeseen financial hardship would be situation that has arisen that is causing you financial hardship but for which you could not reasonably have planned for. Advisers will also consider how well you manage your money in general, the financial choices you make and the impact that an award might have.

      The maximum we may be able to award is £350, but this cannot be guaranteed as any award will depend on your circumstances and will be at the discretion of an Adviser.

      How to apply:
      If you are facing unforeseen financial hardship, please email fundingadvice@uws.ac.uk from your UWS student email account and include the following in your email:
      - Your full name
      - Banner ID
      - Campus of Study
      - Tell us you wish to be considered for the Nursing and Midwifery Hardship Funds.
      - A brief outline of what has happened to cause you to be in financial hardship. You must also provide evidence of your unforeseen circumstances and attach these to your email.
      - Attach a copy of your SAAS award notice.
      - Attach a copy of your recent bank statement, or download of your recent transactions from your internet banking site.
      - Complete this form and attach it to your email.

      What happens next?
      An adviser will consider your email and get back to you within 5 working days. We may require further information or clarification before a decision can be made. An adviser may refer you to other services for support.

      If we feel an award is appropriate, you will then be asked for your bank details in order for us to make any payment. Payments will normally be paid as a single instalment.

      As many students face financial difficulties and hardship throughout their studies, we expect demand to be high. As funds are limited we will not always be able to offer an award, but we will explain why.

      Unsure if you would be eligible?
      We’d rather you email us and let us make that decision. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on an award because you assume your circumstances are not worthy.

    • London Campus Students: Special Instructions
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      If you are studying on our London Campus, you may be eligible to apply to one of these funds. If you are an international student, you may apply to the UWS Childcare Fund and should read more about this in the ‘International/EU’ section above.

      If you are funded through Student Finance England, you may be eligible to apply to the Discretionary and/or Childcare Funds and should read about this in the ‘Full-time Undergraduate’ section above. Funding is limited and will be awarded to those in most need, so there is no guarantee that an award can be made.

      If you wish to make an application you must do so within 4 weeks of your course start date. We will need you to submit your application and supporting evidence by post, using these postal addresses.

      If you are unsure about anything, or would like to ask any questions, please contact us at fundingadvice@uws.ac.uk from your student email account.

  • English not your first language?

      

  • If English is not your first language we appreciate that it might be more difficult for you to understand our instructions or explain your financial situation in a way we can easily understand. UWS has useful software installed on all open-access PC’s that can help with reading, writing, planning and organising. 

    You can use some of this software to help you better understand our guidance notes, or to help you write an explanation of your financial circumstances that expresses your situation in a way you are happy with.

    Check out our information on these resources in our Student Resources leaflet.

  • Additional Support

    We have developed a fun and interactive online module focusing on all aspects of the student budget. Please utilise this in advance of your application to help you to plan your university finances and gain a better understanding of where you need most support.

    UWS Budgeting Module