Solent University is committed to encouraging students from all backgrounds to enter higher education and offers a number of non-repayable grants to support disadvantaged students in their studies.
The support grant is a non-repayable grant for students who are in financial hardship whilst at university.
The fund is available for students who:
- are enrolled on a course at Solent University,
- are in receipt of their full student funding,
- are a full-time UK undergraduate or postgraduate student,
- are a part-time UK undergraduate or postgraduate student - studying at least 50% of a full-time course (25% for disabled students),
- are from the EU and are in receipt of full UK funding.
It can help with living costs, childcare, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment, but it cannot help pay for tuition fees.
Unfortunately, it cannot fully compensate for the lack of parental contribution, especially where a student has only been able to take out the non-means-tested part of the maintenance loan. It may also not be able to help those who have mismanaged their finances, although we can offer money management advice to students in this situation.
Funds are available from October to June or until the funds are exhausted, whichever is the soonest.
If you are currently a student at our university, application forms and full guidelines are available on the University Portal.
If you are unhappy with the result of your access fund application you can appeal the decision.
Summer support grant
The summer support grant opens during the summer break each year, if funds are still available. Currently, the fund is closed and will open on Monday 9 July until Friday 14 September. We cannot accept any applications before 9 July.
Eligibility criteria remains the same as for the support grant.
If you cannot work over the summer break because of any of the following, you may apply to the summer support grant:
- care responsibilities or dependants,
- a disability/medical circumstances,
- course retakes/resits which temporarily restrict working,
- genuine reasons beyond your control e.g. sudden illness, unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that the summer support grant cannot cover all your expenses over the summer period and should not be expected to. You must seek alternative funding e.g. paid employment or benefits (if eligible).
Download the application form
Please note, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the page, where you can download the Summer Support Grant form.
If you are a lone parent, you may be eligible to apply for Universal Credit (depending on where you live) or full housing benefit, Income Support or Jobseekers' Allowance during July and August. These should stop in September, so you will need to reapply for your housing benefit/Universal Credit for term time.
Course costs support grant
The course costs support grant is available to support students who have compulsory course costs (not general costs such as books, stationery etc. - the Support Grant can look at these costs separately), or final major project costs. For example:
- Course specific equipment eg, make-up/hair kits; photography equipment; specialist software; compulsory uniforms/sports kits.
- Compulsory course trips eg, gallery, theatre and field trips within the UK and EU
- Professional memberships/body endorsements and related exam fees (eg, NCTJ / REPs).
- £200 contribution for DSA equipment
- Final projects
Find out more on the Portal
Unpaid placement support grant
The fund is available to support students who have been offered unpaid work experience or placements, between 10 and 20 working days, who, due to their poor financial circumstances, may be prevented from doing so.
Placements must last a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of 20 working days. If it is over 20 working days students may still apply but will only be eligible for the maximum award available.
The fund is limited and not all applications can be successful.
Find out more on the Portal
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