The Exceptional Support Fund is provided by the University and is a discretionary Hardship Fund to help CCCU students who find themselves in extreme financial hardship whilst they are attending their course of study.
The majority of students who find themselves in financial difficulty would be able to apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF). The exception to this would be Students with Overseas, Channel I/IoM or EU status and students who would normally be eligible to apply to the ALF but cannot due to the fund being exhausted or before the fund opens.
The ESF could support students who have received financial support from ALF but, despite the grant that they have received, find that they are experiencing another situation of unexpected extreme financial hardship.
The ESF is assessed via a panel and due regard is taken of a student’s income and essential expenditure and circumstances. The “exceptional” reason given for making the application will be carefully explored. Any award will be paid in the form of a grant, up to a maximum of £500 which will not have to be repaid.
Any Full-time and Part-time foundation year, undergraduate and postgraduate student may apply to the fund for financial aid, providing they are fully registered, currently enrolled on and attending their course of study, except:
- Students who are studying on courses that are under one year in length (30 weeks)
- Students who are eligible to apply to the NHS Exceptional Support Fund (ESF). This applies to students who are studying on an NHS undergraduate course which started after August 2018. These students can apply to the NHS ESF once they have been fully assessed by the ALF
How to Apply
Students must meet with a Student Support and Wellbeing Adviser who can assist them with their application.
For further enquiries or to make an appointment, please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team