While studying with us there are several additional funding opportunities which could be available to you. These range from temporary loans to help you manage your finances until you receive your student finance, to additional bursaries to help during times of financial difficulty.
The Student Opportunity Fund
This is also referred to as the Hardship Fund and is an amount of money UCNL holds in order to allocate to students facing financial hardship and difficulty. Applications to the fund can be made from late October throughout the academic year. This is NOT a loan and is not repayable.
To qualify you must have applied for a student loan. If following this, you are still in hardship you may apply to the fund for help. Following a standard assessment, you may qualify for a termly payment based upon attendance or if you have an unexpected large expense you may qualify for a non-standard award to help towards the cost.
Additionally, students facing unexpected financial difficulties may be eligible for a short term repayable loan. Information can be provided by the UCNL Information and Advice office.
Students may also be able to apply for a number of financial bursaries. These include awards available to students who are care leavers and those from low participation neighbourhoods.
Please note that there is a limited number of awards available. For further details, please contact the Information and Advice office.
Council Tax Certificates
Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact the UCNL Information and Advice Office for further details.