Aston Support Fund 2015/16 

The Aston Support Fund welcomes applications from Home students who are in genuine unexpected financial difficulties.  If you apply and your application is successful there are different ways we may help you.  This could be by awarding you a non-repayable grant, an interest-free short-term loan or providing you with specific money advice that is tailored to your needs.

The awards provided from this fund are considered by assessing your individual circumstances on a case by case basis.  You may be considered for financial assistance if you are experiencing an unforeseen situation that will not be resolved in the near future and that has impacted on your financial capability to afford your basic living costs.

Awards from the Aston Support Fund are offered as part of a short-term solution of between 1 and 10 weeks and should not be relied upon each academic year.

Summer applications

If you are a student with dependent children or you are living independently during the summer months please make an application to this fund for additional financial support.

The application process requires you to complete an online application form and to discuss the financial provision you had in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs.  You are also required to explain what has happened to change the financial provision you made prior to enrollment/re-enrollment. 

You will be asked to submit evidence of your circumstances so that we can fully consider your situation and assess your income and expenditure.

Stages of the application:

  1. Complete the application form (see link in 'Apply Now' below)
  2. You receive an automated email requesting documents to evidence your circumstances (if you do not receive this within 24 hours of submitting the application form please contact the Hub)
  3. You submit the documents, either by emailing them to: p.j.coughlan@aston.ac.uk or by bringing into the Hub or by posting to the University for the attention of Patrick Coughlan in the Hub
  4. We assess your circumstances 
  5. We contact you with the result of your application or to ask for further information or to invite you to an appointment to discuss your circumstances 

For your application to be considered you need to demonstrate and illustrate through supporting evidence: 

1) That you made enough financial provision to fully fund your tuition fees and a basic level of living costs before starting the course (or active year).  This financial provision could for example be from sources such as Student Finance England, a Professional & Career Development Loan, Scholarships, Savings, Employment or family contributions.

2) That your situation is unexpected (it could not normally have been planned for), that it is short-term/could be resolved between 1 and 10 weeks and that currently you have no other sources of income. This will be demonstrated though the application form and supported with the documentary evidence that you submit as a part of your application. 

Your application will be carefully considered in a fair and confidential environment on the basis of what you have included in your application form and the documentary evidence that you provide to support the circumstances that you have described in your application form.

As part of the normal assessment process we may ask you to come into the Hub for an appointment to discuss your circumstances in a bit more detail.  We may also ask you to see an adviser for advice on the management of debt, money advice and budgeting assistance.

If we consider you to have a financial need we may award you a grant a short-term loan or a combination of both.

Checked & updated PJC 07/10/2015

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