Discretionary and Assistance Funds

We receive funds from SAAS and from the University to assist eligible students who are facing financial difficulties.

You may qualify for a grant if:

  • your income is less than your essential expenditure or
  • something unexpected has happened which you could not have foreseen and could not budget for.

Our basic guidelines when allocating funds:

  • These funds are not intended to be your primary source of funding. They are intended as a supplement only.
  • You must be able to show that you are experiencing or facing financial difficulties.
  • We need evidence of your income and expenditure for all fund applications.
  • You must have taken out your maximum support entitlement from other sources first
  • You must be fully registered at the University to apply.

Please note, due to high demand, applications received from November onwards may take up to 8 weeks to assess.

General Discretionary Fund

Who Can Apply?

Any fully registered full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate student:‌

  • who has home student status. That is, you are eligible for fees and loan/bursary funding from SAAS, Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland. If there is no funding available but you are classed as a home student, you can still apply.

and

  • who has taken out the full student loan/bursary entitlement or any available postgraduate funding, where available. Your funding must be assessed against your own, parental or partner's income as relevant.

Nursing students cannot apply. You should apply to the Student Assistance Fund instead.

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the 2017-18 form here: Discretionary and Childcare Fund 2017-18. It's a combined hardship/childcare form - you don't need to apply to the Childcare Fund separately if you are eligible.  (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Scan or photocopy all the necessary documents and attach them to the form. We can't process your application without these documents. Please note, we do not return original documents.
  3. Either: email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to ask@stir.ac.uk
  4. Or: Post the application and relevant photocopied documents through the red post box in the Student Services Hub at 2A1 Cottrell; 
  5. Or: Upload your form and all relevant documentation via your Document Uploader.
  6. We will normally assess your application within 6 weeks

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 April 2018.

If you want to discuss your application with an Assistant Advisor for Money Support before you hand it in, please contact us to make an appointment.

You will also be able to pick up a copy of the form from Student Support Services Reception or Students' Union.

What Money Can I Get?

That depends on a number of factors including:

  • your money situation
  • your overall situation
  • your year of study

Most grants are in the range £100-£1500.

 

Childcare Fund

Who Can Apply?

Any student who meets all these criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate or fulltime TQFE student (but not Nursing students )
  • Funded by SAAS - loan and fees support. If SAAS are not paying your fees, speak to us you as you may still be eligible for the lone parent child grant.
  • Has accessed other relevant funds/sources e.g. working tax credit childcare support, pre-school education for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Have children in formal/registered childcare. Information on registered/formal childcare providers (We can give only very limited help for informal childcare through the General Discretionary Fund).

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the 2016-17 form here:  Discretionary Fund Form 2016-17  It's a combined hardship/childcare form - you don't need to apply to the Childcare Fund separately if you are eligible.  (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Scan or photocopy all the necessary documents and attach them to the form. We can't process your application without these documents. Please note, we do not return original documents.
  3. Either: email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to ask@stir.ac.uk
  4. Or: Post the application and relevant photocopied documents through the red post box in the Student Services Hub at 2Z Cottrell.
  5. We will normally assess your application within 6 weeks

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 April 2017.

If you want to discuss your application with a Student Money Officer before you hand it in, please contact us to make an appointment.

You will also be able to pick up a copy of the form from Student Support Services Reception or Students' Union.

What Money Can I Get?

  • It depends on the level of funding we get from SAAS/Scottish Government. The Lone Parent Childcare grant is £1215 maximum.
  • If your income is less than your expenditure (the University applies certain standard amounts to outgoings), we may be able to contribute towards your childcare costs.

If you need childcare funding during the summer, e.g. you are on placement, this may be supported depending on what funds are available at the end of the spring semester.

Student Assistance Fund for Nursing Students

This is a small fund provided by the University to help students facing financial difficulties.

Who Can Apply?

  • Any fully registered nursing or midwifery student.
  • Full-time or part-time.

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the form. You can download theStudent Assistance Fund 2017-18  to complete, or you can collect a hard copy from Student Services Hub, 2Z Cottrell. (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Scan or photocopy all the necessary documents and attach them to the form. We can't process your application without these documents. We do not return any original documents.
  3. Either: Email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to ask@stir.ac.uk (Stirling campus students) or sheila.mcaulay@uhi.ac.uk  (Highland and Western Isles campus students)
  4. Or: Post the application and relevant photocopied documents through the red post box in the Student Services Hub, at 2A1 Cottrell (Stirling campus students) 
  5. We will normally assess your application within 6 weeks.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st June 2018.

If you want to discuss your application with a member of the Student Money Support team before you hand it in, please contact us to make an appointment.

You will also be able to pick up a copy of the form from Student Support Services Reception or Students' Union.

What Money Can I Get?

  • Funding is limited. Individual grants usually range from £100-£400.
  • There is no specific funding for childcare. Check the Student with children pages for other sources of funding.‌

 

 

Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund

Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund

 

Who Can Apply?

Any fully enrolled full-time or part-time undergraduate pre-registration Nursing or Midwifery student who is in receipt of the SAAS Nursing Bursary.

 

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the 2017-18 form here: Nursing & Midwifery Discretionary Fund 2017-18 (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.

  2. Scan or photocopy all the necessary documents and attach them to the form. We can't process your application without these documents. Please note, we do not return original documents.

  3. If you are a Stirling Campus student either email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to ask@stir.ac.uk or post the application and relevant photocopied documents through the red post box in the Student Services Hub at 2Z Cottrell or  upload via Document Uploader.

  4. If you are a Highland and Western Isles Campus student either email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to Sheila McAulay, Student Adviser- sheila.mcaulay@uhi.ac.uk  or deliver the application to Sheila McAulay, Student Adviser, University of Highlands and Islands, Centre for Health Science, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 3JH. We will normally assess your application within 6 weeks.

 

The closing date for applications is SIX WEEKS BEFORE YOUR COURSE END DATE. Please note however that funds are limited and may run out before the closing date.

 

Student Assistance Fund - Access course students

Who Can Apply?

Students who are:

  • Fully registered at University on the Access courses
  • Full-time or part-time
  • Have accessed all relevant funding - eg Welfare Benefits

How Do I Apply?

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the application form to completeStudent Assistance Fund 2017-18 , or you can collect a hard copy from Student Services Hub at 2Z Cottrell. (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Fill it in with as much information as possible. Attach copies of the supporting evidence. We will not return original documents.
  3. Return the application to ask@stir.ac.uk, post through the red post box in the Student Services Hub at 2A1 Cottrell or upload via Document Uploader.

Closing date: Friday 27 April 2018

What Money Can I Get?

Funding is limited. Individual grants are usually in the range £50-£300.
Grants are usually towards expenditure such as travel and study materials.

Student Assistance Fund For EU & International Students

Who Can Apply?

For EU & International students who:

  • have a major and unexpected change to their original funding package during their course
  • are not eligible to apply for the General Discretionary Fund
  • have registered as a student at the University.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the application form to completeStudent Assistance Fund 2017-18 , or you can collect a hard copy from Student Services Hub at 2Z Cottrell. (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Fill it in with as much information as possible.
  3. It's a good idea to talk to a member of the Student Money Support team before you hand the form in.
  4. Attach the supporting evidence (the form tells you what is needed) - we can't return any of this so send a scan/photocopy of anything you need to keep.
  5. Return the application to ask@stir.ac.uk or post through the red post box in the Student Services Hub, 2A1 Cottrell, or upload via Document Uploader.

What Money Can I Get?

Funding is limited. Individual grants are rarely more than a few hundred pounds.

Closing date: one month before the end of your course

International Student Crisis Assistance

International Student Crisis Assistance

Who Can Apply?

International students, including European and EU, can apply if:

  • you have experienced sudden and unexpected financial difficulties as a direct result of political or social crisis in your home country (including natural disaster and war)

The crisis must have taken place after you registered on your programme and paid any deposit required.

How Do I Apply?

  • Please speak to an advisor first
  • You will also need to fill in the application form.  You can download the Student Assistance Form 2016-17, or you can collect a hard copy from Student Services Hub at 2Z Cottrell.  (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  • You must provide evidence that you started your programme with sufficient funds to support yourself and pay your tuition fees, and that these arrangements have been affected by unforeseen circumstances and events beyond your control. This evidence would normally be a record of having previously paid fees and accommodation bills successfully, and documentation verifying the change in circumstances.
  • Where a sponsor has suffered a crisis and the application is for support with tuition fees, you must provide evidence of the sponsor paying fees up to the point of the crisis
  • You must provide evidence that you have a package of funding in place to meet your commitments, to which this fund may make a reasonable contribution.
University Accommodation Enhancement Fund

University Accommodation Enhancement Fund

The Stirling University Accommodation Enhancement Fund is to assist students who find themselves in financial difficulty and have explored all other available sources of funding. You must be fully enrolled on a full time course at the University of Stirling and have applied for the lowest priced accommodation available which is suitable for you. Priority will be given to students who find themselves in unforeseen circumstances.

Students living in our Foundry Courtyard or Dobbie’s Point accommodation in Glasgow who need money advice should contact the Money Support team by emailing ask@stir.ac.uk or calling 01786 466022 or visiting the Student Services Hub in 2Z, Cottrell building. Applications will be fast-tracked.

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the form. You can download the 2017-18 form here: Accommodation Enhancement Fund . (Please note - you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically.  You can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/.)
  2. Scan or photocopy all the necessary documents and attach them to the form. We can't process your application without these documents. Please note, we do not return original documents.
  3. Return completed application form and documents:
    • Either: email your completed form and all relevant scanned documents to ask@stir.ac.uk or upload via Document Uploader;
    • Or: Post the application and relevant photocopied documents through the red post box in the Student Services Hub at 2A1 Cottrell.
  4. We will normally assess your application within 6 weeks.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 April 2018.

You will also be able to pick up a copy of the form from the Student Services Hub in 2A1 Cottrell, the Accommodation Services reception in Willow Court or the Students' Union.

University of Stirling Rental Guarantor Scheme

 

University of Stirling Rental Guarantor Scheme

What is the University of Stirling Rental Guarantor Scheme?

The University of Stirling Rental Guarantor Scheme has been established in order to enable students to secure privately rented accommodation by providing a UK based guarantor. If relevant eligibility criteria is met, University of Stirling may act as a UK-based rent guarantor for your rent (up to a maximum of £600 per calendar month) if you cannot find an alternative UK-based guarantor.

 Who can apply?

You can apply if you are a fully enrolled full-time student at the University of Stirling who cannot obtain a UK-based guarantor to secure a private accommodation tenancy. Students who are currently, or who have previously been, listed as a debtor (academic or non-academic) to the University of Stirling will not normally be eligible to apply for the scheme. Priority will be given to:

  • Overseas, EU and continuing students;
  • Students who are care experienced
  • Students who are estranged from their families;
  • Students with low household income (less than £18,999 per annum); and
  • Students with exceptional circumstances.

Please note that the scheme is not open to part-time students.

How do I apply?

Once you have found and secured a place you want to live and have obtained a tenancy agreement (please note that this should not be signed yet), you can begin the application process.

You can then submit this form: Rental Guarantor Scheme application form. Please note that you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete the form electronically. You can download this for free here: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

You will also need to provide the following documentation:

  • Unsigned tenancy agreement, with no joint or several liability ;
  • Two months’ worth of bank statements for your bank account from which you have been paying your rent;
  • Evidence of your funding arrangements for the current academic session (for example, SAAS/Student Finance/other scholarship award letter);
  • Reference from your current or previous landlord (including halls of residence) if applicable.

 You can then submit this to the Student money Support Team via the Student Services Hub at 2A1 Cottrell Building (or email them on ask@stir.ac.uk).

How will the scheme work?

Once the guarantee with the landlord has been agreed your tenancy will operate as normal; you should pay your rent directly to the landlord by bank transfer. If you cannot pay your rent you must immediately notify the Head of Student Guidance and Wellbeing at the University of Stirling by email (ask@stir.ac.uk) stating the reasons for non-payment of rent together with the amount due and the due date, so that the University is aware that the guarantee may be called upon. If the University is required to pay your rent, please note that the rental paid will be treated as a debt you owe to the University and this will need to be repaid.

How can I find out more?

You can find out more by contacting the Student Money Support team at the Student Services Hub, 2A1 Cottrell Building. You can contact the Hub by calling 01786 466022 or emailing them on ask@stir.ac.uk.

 

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