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 the Economy(DfE) Student Support Fund and the University’s Hardship Fund.
The Student Support Fund is now open for the academic year 2019-20 and students can apply when registration has been completed.
The DfE 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
Students who are not eligible for the DfE 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.
Students can only apply to the Student Support Fund using an ONLINE application, available by logging into their Qsis Student Account at https://qsis.qub.ac.uk/
For help completing the online application please click here
All applications to the Fund must be made through the online application facility above, no paper applications will be accepted.
Please note that it can take up to 6 weeks to have your application assessed once to have submitted all of your documentation.
Applications will be assessed for eligibility for an award from either the DfE 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.
It is essential that all documentation requested during the online application process is submitted to the Student Finance Office. Please record your student number on all documentation and include a print out of the document management page from the online application with all information submitted.
Applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances where there is clear evidence that an emergency has arisen. Documentary evidence will be required.
Students will be advised by email whether their application has been successful or not, within 6 weeks of submission of all requested documentation in support of their application. Applications will not be assessed until all documentation has been received. Please also note:
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: Advice SU, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Learning Development Service
The Queen’s Care Leavers Bursary, is paid directly to an eligible student’s bank account on receipt of a successful application, and is paid in two instalments of £500, at the start of each semester. Please visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/wpu/CareLeavers/
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