Funding for students financially impacted by Covid-19 (May 2021).
The OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund is for students who have been significantly impacted financially by Covid-19. This fund is limited and not all applicants are guaranteed to receive an award.
All applications will be scored and compared against the guidance set out by the OfS and the University to ensure that those most in need of support get priority.
Please read the below guidance on 'How the fund is assessed' before applying to ensure you meet the eligibility guidelines.
Please note: If you are an international student in your first year of study you are unlikely to be considered for this particular support as you are required to prove that you have enough money for your tuition fees and living costs as part of the Student Route/Tier 4 visa. As such we must presume first year international students have adequate means to support their day to day expenses despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Students who are not currently residing in the UK will not be eligible for this award.
UCLan Partnership students are eligible to apply to this fund.
You will need to fill in an application form and all applications will be assessed on your need for support in one or more of the following areas:
To apply for the OfS Covid-19 Hardship fund please complete the above application form in full. You MUST complete ALL questions in the application form, providing as much information as possible about your circumstances in the Personal Statement section to ensure we have all the information required to assess your need for support.
You will also need to upload supporting evidence as part of your application. Please find below, some examples of the types of evidence that we will require. This is not an exhaustive list but may help you to be prepared before starting your application.
A payslip (issued in or after April 2021) showing furloughed pay or correspondence from employer confirming furloughed status. If you received an award from the OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund earlier in the year due to your household income being impacted in this category, you will need to provide evidence that your circumstances have continued since the beginning of March 2021 to the current date.
Evidence required for students that have lost their job, P45 or other correspondence confirming job loss (March 2021). For students that are not entitled to furlough (or other government schemes), correspondence from employer confirming this. For students on a zero hours contract, a payslip as proof of furloughed status but no pay or correspondence from your employer confirming your status. If you received an award from the OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund earlier in the year due to your household income being impacted in this category, you will need to provide evidence that your circumstances have continued since the beginning of March 2021 to date.
Correspondence confirming application for support and/or confirmation of rejection from March 2021 onwards. Where it was known that you were not eligible for support, please provide a copy of the legislation to confirm this, along with evidence that this applies to you. If you received an award from the OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund earlier in the year due to your household income being impacted in this category, you will need to provide evidence that your circumstances have continued since the beginning of March 2021 to date.
Correspondence confirming either a positive Covid-19 test or a self-isolation notice issued since 16 February 2021 as well as proof that this has impacted your income for the period of time. This could be payslips showing your usual wage vs your payslip showing a reduced wage for the period of self-isolation or correspondence from an employer to confirm that you/your partner will not be paid for the period you were unable to work.
Accommodation contract(s) for the residence that you are unable to live in and the contract or letter for the accommodation that you are currently residing in. If this is with parents or family will also require proof that you are paying regular and consistent board by way of bank statements from February 2021 to date. We also need recent correspondence from your letting agent/landlord as proof that you have attempted to exit your contract or that your provider is not already providing you with a financial discount or compensation for the accommodation that you are currently unable to use.
Documents to show your accommodation contract ending or booked flights home to prove intent to travel home over the summer period. Please ensure that your ‘home address’ is correct on your UCLan student record as we will use this to determine whether your home country is on the ‘red list’. You will also need to further explain, in the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, what your plans are for over the summer and provide proof of your proposed accommodation costs over the summer period, you may need to contact multiple accommodation providers for quotes to ensure that you are choosing the most affordable option. We will also require proof that you are employed or actively seeking employment.
All evidence must be from an official source and we will not accept screenshots of text messages or emails where it is not clear who has provided the information and what your relationship is with this person, for example text message correspondence between employer and employee.
It is a mandatory part of the process to supply evidence where it is requested on the application form. Any applications that are submitted without the requested information and evidence will be automatically rejected and will not be put forward for consideration.
Your application form cannot be amended once submitted and due to tight timescales, we will not contact any applicant for missing information or evidence after submission.
If you get part way through the application and need to stop to gather evidence or ask a question, please save your partially completed application and only submit when you have provided ALL requested information and evidence.
If for any reason you are unable to upload evidence to CareerEdge, please email all requested evidence to CovidFund@uclan.ac.uk immediately after submitting your application and detail in the personal statement section of the application that you will be sending your evidence via email. To help us process your application efficiently, please send your evidence within 1 hour of submitting your application or your application may be rejected. If you would like to speak to a member of staff to discuss your evidence requirements prior to submitting the application, please email CovidFund@uclan.ac.uk (this email address is specifically for students who are struggling with the application process. We will not be able to answer questions about the outcome of an application or provide explanations for rejected applications).
If you have a disability or long term condition that makes it difficult for you to complete the application form, please contact the Inclusive Support team on 01772 892593 or email InclusiveSupport@uclan.ac.uk to ask for support.
The decision of the panel responsible for assessing applications is final and we will not be able to provide any bespoke individual responses about the outcome of any application due to the anticipated volume of applications.
Each applicant will receive an email from the University before 31 July 2021 to make them aware of the outcome of their application. We will not be able to provide information about whether an application has been successful over the telephone or as a response to an email query.
The University reserves the right to recover any funds awarded if the information provided as part of your application is proven to be false in nature.
If you are struggling with your wellbeing, please refer yourself to the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing teams for support.
UCLan has teamed up with Blackbullion to offer all of our students the opportunity to learn more about their finances and to improve their financial capability free of charge via an online learning platform. Sign up for free with your UCLan email address.
For guidance and information about the support available externally visit the Gov.UK website.
For independent advice and guidance about academic issues, advice for any welfare benefits, housing, finance or debt, or employment issues, please contact the UCLan Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre.