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Student Financial Support

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Student Financial Support

Financial support is available to students experiencing financial difficulties whilst studying and comprises two funds, the Department for the Economy (DfE) Student Support Fund and the University Financial Assistance Fund. Further support is provided through the Queen's Bursary and the Care Leavers Bursary.

 

  • Student Support Fund

    Applications to Student Support Fund 

    Please note you must have completed your registration for the academic year 2023-24 before your application can be considered.

    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.

    Second Applications

    Second applications will be considered for the Student Support Fund only where the student's circumstances have changed since they received their last award, and this change has significantly impacted their financial situation.

    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.

    Bank accounts

    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?

    Due to the fact that the Student Support Fund has significantly reduced funds this academic year, no second applications will be considered for an award at this stage.

    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 supportfund@qub.ac.uk 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.

  • University Financial Assistance Fund

    Applications to University Financial Assistance Fund

    Please note that the University's Financial Assistance Fund will open for the academic year 2023-24 on 11th September 2023. You must have completed your registration for the academic year 2023-24 before your application can be considered.

    Who is eligible for the University Financial Assistance Fund?

    • Undergraduate, postgraduate taught postgraduate research students
    • ROI, EU and International students, and UK students who have not been assessed by a UK Funding Body. 
    • 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.

    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?

    We assess a student's access to funding and their living costs to determine eligibility for an award. 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.
    • evidence of your accommodation or lease or mortgage - to understand your housing commitment. Tenancy agreements should be current and show your name.
    • evidence of your funding body or scholarship support, eg, award letter - to understand the income level you receive
    • evidence of other costs claimed, such as 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.

    Bank accounts

    • 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?

    • Second applications will not be considered, unless exceptional circumstances have arisen, which did not exist at the time of the first award. Documentary evidence to support these exceptional circumstances must be supported by documentary evidence. 

    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 supportfund@qub.ac.uk 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.

  • How to Apply to the Student Support Fund and University Financial Assistance Fund

    Students can only apply to the Student Support and University's Financial Assistance 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.

    Documentation

    All documentation must be submitted via the online application process this academic year.

    DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION VIA EMAIL

    Please record your student number on all documentation uploaded.

    Do not submit photographs of bank statement please, these must be submitted as a pdf in date order, for all bank accounts held.

    If you are in receipt of an NHS Nursing Bursary you must provide evidence of this. A copy of your DHSSPS Nursing Notification letter can be requested from:

    Email: studentnurse.bursaries@hscni.net

    Telephone: 028 95 363988

    Students will be advised by email whether their application has been successful or not. 

  • Queen’s Care Leavers Bursary

    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/CareExperiencedYoungPeople/

  • Queen's Bursary

    Find out about the Queen's Bursary, which can help you fund your study at Queen's.

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