The Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and the UK who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying.
The Support Fund is focused on providing support for living costs. We recommend that all eligible students consider applying for Support Funds.
Who is eligible for the Support Fund?
- All full-time and part-time (25% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.
- You must be in receipt of your full Student Loan entitlement, both tuition and maintenance loans.
- You have received your first payment of your student maintenance payment.
- You have already exhausted all other possible sources of funding, including the Student Loans Company and any other grants that may be available to you.
Who is not eligible for the Support Fund?
- Students from outside the UK are not eligible to apply for these funds but can be considered for the University Financial Assistance Fund
- Students from the UK who have not been assessed or taken their full entitlement from their funding body
- Students who registered as Exam Only
How to apply
- You can only apply to the 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 this online help option.
What documentation do I need to submit?
The University assesses applications in line with the Conditions of Funding set by the Department for the Economy which requires an assessment of a student's access to funding and their living costs. We are required to assess a student’s access to funding and their living costs.
You will be required to submit the following supporting documentation with your online application which you will be asked to upload during the application process on the Document Management page:
- bank statements for all accounts for two months up to the application date to show your income and living costs. This includes all accounts you have access to including, digital savings accounts, ISAs, cryptocurrency, social media wallets, overseas accounts and shared accounts. These must be submitted in date order.
- evidence of your accommodation or lease or mortgage - to understand your housing expenditure commitment. Tenancy agreements should be current and show your name.
- evidence of your funding body or scholarship support, e.g. award letter - to understand the income level you receive
- a statement of any current benefits you are in receipt of
- Receipts for childcare costs
Please note that screenshots will not be accepted, and, if uploaded, your application will be delayed.
Please use the personal statement to communicate your financial circumstances. This is how we understand your financial circumstances to determine the level of support needed.
Assessment will begin once all documentation is received, if there are any gaps this will delay your application.
Any additional information required will be communicated to you through the Document Management page and you will be notified by email when we require further information. We update Qsis when assessment commences.
What happens next?
Depending on application demand, assessment normally takes about 30 working days from receipt of a complete application to date of payment.
We are unable to make payments to overseas bank accounts. You must set up a UK bank account before applying to the fund.
Can I apply more than once?
We aim to support as many students as possible. You can apply more than once during the academic year. Each case is considered on its individual merits at the time of application. However, previous applications - whether successful or not - will be taken into consideration.
Why are applications rejected?
Applications can be rejected for lack of supporting information, evidence of excessive spending or gambling, or lack of financial hardship.
What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?
We aim to help as many students as possible in genuine hardship within the funds allocated but are not able to provide for all applicants. If you disagree with the decision reached you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Request for Review"
Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and, where appropriate, supplying additional documentary evidence to support the review process. All requests for review must be received within 7 days of the date of the original decision letter. The review process can take up to two weeks.