Student Finance

Contact Info

Student Finance Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Telephone +44 (0)28 9097 2767
Fax :         +44 (0)28 9097 2856
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Student Support

Student Support Fund

QSIS is NOT available from 5pm 13 March 2015 until Monday 23rd March 2015, therefore Student Support Fund Applications CANNOT be submitted during this time

The Student Support Fund is used to provide discretionary financial help for students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst studying and comprises two funds, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) Student Support Fund and the University’s Hardship Fund.

DEL Student Support Fund

The DEL Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying

  • All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply. 
  • Undergraduate students must have taken out their maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan entitlement.
  • All postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course. 

University’s Hardship Fund

Students who are not eligible for the DEL Student Support Fund will be considered for an award from the University’s Hardship Fund.  There is a smaller amount of money available within the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.

How to Apply

Student can only apply to the Student Support Fund using an ONLINE application, available by logging into their Qsis Student Account at     

For help completing the online application please click here

All applications to the Fund for 2014-15 must be made through the online application facility above, no paper applications will be accepted.


Student Support Framework

Applications will be assessed for eligibility for an award from either the DEL Student Support Fund or Hardship Fund. Awards from either funds are assessed against specific criteria, full details of which are set out in The Student Support Framework, please click here

Second Applications

Please note second applications will only asessed where a student can demonstarte exceptional circumstances. These are defined in the University's General Regulations 2014-15, for Undergraduate Students 2014-15 at Page 90 and Postrgraduate Students Page 104.

Please note it is essential that documentary evidence of the exceptional circumstance is submitted. Examples of evidence required include:

  • a maternity certificate,
  • evidence that a job has been lost,
  • medical evidence to support a condition
  • evidence of a parents divorce/separation
  • evidence of an unforeseen financial evident arising

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Additional Information

Students will be advised by email whether their application has been successful or not, within 4 weeks of submission of all requested documentation in support of their application.  Applications will not be assessed until all documentation has been received.

Please note that No decision will be discussed over the phone.  Awards made do not have to be repaid.

Please note that students whose bank statements indicate regular gambling are not eligible to receive an award.  

Students in receipt of benefits, to which they are not entitled, are not eligible to receive an award.

If you have an outstanding Emergency Loan or Institutional Bursary overpayment, any award from the Support Fund may be used towards repayment of this debt.

There is no automatic entitlement to an award for any student.  Awards are subject to money being available in the Fund.

Emergency Loan

The Support Fund also provides help for the students who have not received their maintenance loan at the beginning of term - in the form of an emergency loan.

Emergency Loan Forms can be obtained from: Connie Craig, Student Financial Adviser, 2nd Floor, Students’ Union, tel no 02890 971049, email

The emergency loan is an advance receipt of a student’s maintenance loan.  Upon receipt of the maintenance loan every student is required to repay the emergency loan immediately.

Students who have applied for an Emergency Loan are encouraged to apply to the Support Fund.

Students on occasion may be referred to other support services within the University.  These may include:

Debbie Forsey, Money   Management Adviser,

Connie Craig, Advice   Centre Manager, Financial Adviser

Disability   Services

Learning   Development Service

Counselling   Service