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Discretionary & Childcare Funds

In addition to statutory student support such as student loans, grants or bursaries, UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds.

These funds come from the University and the Scottish Government, and are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

At present we are unable to accept any applications by email. If you are unable to submit your application to the Student Link or Hub in person then we recommend you submit your application by post.

Support Available

The information below lists the types of support available, eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

Full-time undergraduate students (including PGDE)

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 whilst 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.

Students wishing to apply for childcare funds should also apply to the discretionary funds, and will be assessed for both.

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

It is unlikely that any award will cover your shortfall in full so we would encourage you to use our money advice resources to help you budget effectively.

How to apply

We accept applications from 1st July each year. 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.

You can download the application form below and submit to the Student Link/Student Hub on your campus.

 

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

Part-time undergraduate students

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

  • SAAS part-time fee grant, or
  • ILA 200, or
  • Have an annual income of under £25k

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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.

How to apply

We accept applications from the start of your modules and you must apply by the end of week 6 of your studies.

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

Full-time postgraduate (excluding PGDE and research)

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 whilst 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.

Students wishing to apply for childcare funds should also apply to the discretionary funds, and will be assessed for both.

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

It is unlikely that any award will cover your shortfall in full so we would encourage you to use our money advice resources to help you budget effectively.

 

How to apply

We accept applications from 1st July each year. 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.

Full-time postgraduate discretionary fund application form 2017-18

Childcare Form (if applicable) to be completed by childcare provider

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

 

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

Part-time postgraduate students

Funding for books and course materials, travel and childcare is available to all postgraduate UK students who:

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

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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.

 

How to apply

We accept applications from the start of your modules and you must apply by the end of week 6 of your studies.

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

Pre-registration Nursing/Midwifery childcare

Pre-registration Nursing/Midwifery students cannot apply for discretionary funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS childcare fund.

Find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWS childcare fund guidance for 2017-18.

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

How to apply

We will accept applications form 1st July each year. 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.

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-registration Nursing and Midwifery hardship funds.

International and EU childcare

International and EU students cannot apply for discretionary funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS childcare fund.

Find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWS childcare fund guidance for 2017-18.

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

How to apply

We will accept applications form 1st July each year. 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.

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

Research Students

Research students cannot apply for discretionary funds but may be able to apply for support meeting the costs of childcare through the UWS childcare fund.

Find out if you are eligible to apply by reading the UWS childcare fund guidance for 2017-18.

These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

How to apply

We will accept applications form 1st July each year. 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.

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

Pre-registration Nursing/Midwifery hardship funds

The government has introduced funding to support pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery students from the UK who face 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.

Unforeseen financial hardship is when a situation 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 UWS.

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 information:

  • Your full name
  • Banner ID
  • Campus of study
  • State that you wish to be considered for the Nursing and Midwifery hardship fund
  • Include a brief outline of what has happened to cause you to be in financial hardship with evidence of your unforeseen circumstances
  • 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
  • Attach a completed application form

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 also refer you to other services for support.

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.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for this fund, please email us for guidance.

London Campus students

If you are studying at the UWS London Campus you may be eligible to receive discretionary or childcare funds.

International and EU students are only eligible for the childcare fund – see the international and EU childcare section.

If you are funded through Student Finance England, you may be eligible for the discretionary and/or childcare funds – see the full-time undergraduate students section.

 

How to apply

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.

If you have any questions or require advice, please contact: fundingadvice@uws.ac.uk.

English language support

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.

UWS has software installed on all open-access PCs that can help with reading, writing, planning and organising. This software can be used to better understand our guidance notes, or to help you write an explanation of your financial circumstances that fully explains your situation.

 

Find out more about these resources

 

Additional funding

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

 

Find out more about additional sources of funding.

 

Worried about student debt?

If the thought of having student loan debt worries you, you can talk to the UWS funding and advice team to make sure you have the facts before you make any decisions.

If you are worried about managing your money or debts that you already have, you will find lots of useful advice on our money and debt advice webpages.

Last updated: 22/08/2017