Your application will be considered with care by experienced members of the Funding, Graduation and Awards team. There are two types of awards available:
Most applications will be assessed for a Standard Award, where your expected income and that of any partner/spouse will be compared against your reasonable expenditure. If there is a clear deficit between the two, we will make a Standard Award to cover the deficit (up to a maximum of £2,000 or £2,500 as detailed above).
All students encounter costs for food, bills, clothes, leisure, plus they may have to pay for rent, travel and course costs, however some students will choose to spend more than others. To ensure parity, we will use pre-set values that are considered reasonable for each of these costs when assessing your application.
Please note that anything you have in earnings or savings (including net balances) over £1,000 will be taken into account as part of your income.
A small number of students may be faced with unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, such as essential household repairs, emergency situations, court action, etc. In these instances we may be able to make an Exceptional Award as a one-off contribution towards these costs if it can be demonstrated that these costs are necessary, reasonable and that the student cannot meet these costs from any other source. Such students should apply in the normal way, as described below. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Further information is provided in the SSF Regulations.