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Aston Support Fund 2017/18

Quick FAQs.

The Aston Support Fund offers financial support to home students who are in unexpected financial difficulties. If you would like to discuss this to see if your situation meets this eligibility please contact us.

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 or providing you with money advice that is tailored to your needs.

The awards provided from these funds are considered by assessing your 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.

These funds are for fully-enrolled Aston University students. If you are not fully enrolled when you apply your application will be rejected. 

If you have any questions about these funds please email FinancialSupport@aston.ac.uk.

Please ensure you have read the Policy document before applying to the Fund.

Aston Support Fund, £200 DSA laptop student contribution grant:

If you have applied for DSA and your confirmation of funding letter includes the purchase of a laptop, you may be awarded a one-off £200 grant to cover your contribution towards the cost of the laptop. To be eligible for this you must be a current Aston University undergraduate student with a household income of less than £25,000.

To apply please use the 'Apply for the £200 DSA laptop contribution grant now' section below.

To apply you must complete an online application form and discuss the finances you had in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs. You also need to explain what has happened to change the financial provision you made prior to enrollment/re-enrollment. 

You will be asked to submit supporting documents of your circumstances. This is needed so that we can fully consider your situation and assess your income and basic outgoings.

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 FinancialSupport@aston.ac.uk, bringing them into the Hub or by posting to the University for the attention of the Student Funds Officer, Student & Academic Services, Main Building.
  4. We will 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 12 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.

Application Form (Word document)

Application Form (PDF document)

Information guide (PDF document)

Aston Support Fund policy 2017/2018 (PDF document)

Note: the application form can be completed electronically and emailed to FinancialSupport@aston.ac.uk, or by hand and passed to the Student Funds Officer via the Hub Reception, Main Building.

Checked & updated DR 31/10/17