The Aston Support Fund offers financial support to students paying Home tuition fees who are in unexpected financial difficulties. If you would like to discuss if your situation meets this criteria, please contact us.

The grants offered 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 immediate future and which 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. 

To apply, please visit the 'Apply to the Aston Support Fund now' section below.

If you have any questions about these funds, please email Financial Support.

You may like to book an appointment with Hub advisors prior to applying for hardship funds. This can be done by logging into the Hub's booking system.

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 Disabled Students' Allowance 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 see the 'Apply for the £200 DSA Laptop Contribution Grant now' section below.

Application Process

To apply you must complete an 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 enrolment/re-enrolment. 

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.

Initially you are requested to submit:

Three months' of up to date bank statements for all account you hold Your letter from Student Finance showing tuition and maintenance loan amounts

 

Stages of the application:

Complete the application form (see link in 'Apply Now' below) Submit the application form and supporting documents, either by emailing them to Financial Support, bringing them into the Hub or by posting to the University for the attention of the Student Funds Officer, Student & Academic Services, Main Building. We will assess your circumstances 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.
  • If applicable, tenancy agreement showing total rent and due dates
  • Any other information you feel will support your application
Criteria on which your application will be considered

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

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.

Assessment Process

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.

Should you wish to make an appointment with the Hub prior to applying to the Fund, which may mean you do not have to submit financial information, you can book an appointment by logging into the Hub's booking system.

Apply to the Aston Support Fund now

Apply to the Aston Support Fund now

Note: the application form can be completed electronically and emailed to financial support, or by hand and passed to the Student Funds Officer via the Hub Reception, Main Building.

Appealing a decision

You can appeal a decision if you feel there have been procedural or administrative errors, if you have more evidence to submit, or if you would like further consideration of your circumstances.

Appeals are considered by an independent member of Student & Academic Services staff who will convey their decision within three weeks of receipt.

The appeal form.

Apply for the £200 DSA Laptop Student Contribution Grant now

Applications for a DSA specialist equipment contribution can be made by completing the following form.

Dell Advantage student offer

Aston is part of the Dell Advantage for Students programme which gives you access to unique discounts on Dell consumer products all year round, with up to 20% off Dell’s home product range. For more information see the Dell Advantage for Students website