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Additional help available to University of Sussex students

There are several schemes open to students registered at the University of Sussex who are experiencing financial difficulties.  Have a look below for a summary of the main sources of help available though you might also want to take a look at additional sources of income.

 

Access To Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund provides discretionary financial assistance to full and part time UK students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) and those EEA students eligible to receive student support for living costs from the UK government who are on low incomes and who need extra funding in order to stay in higher education. All awards are usually non-repayable. The Fund can help students who are experiencing financial hardship, can provide emergency payments in an unexpected crisis or can help meet course or living costs that are not being met by other grants.

Students will be assessed on their individual needs but priority is given to the following students:

  • Students with children, especially lone parents
  • Mature students, especially those with existing financial commitments
  • Students from low-income families
  • Disabled students
  • Students who have been in care
  • Students from Foyer or who have been homeless
  • Final year students

You can apply to the Fund at any point throughout the academic year including the long summer vacation. Application forms and guidance notes are available from the Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre in Falmer House and from the Student Life Centre in Chichester I. You can also download an application form from the University's website.

Please Note:

  • The Access to Learning Fund is only available to ‘home’ students.  It is NOT available to non-UK residents
  • The Fund can only offer additional assistance to students experiencing financial difficulty and is NOT able to provide the main source of funding for a course
  • The Fund is open to both full and part-time students

 

Alumni Hardship and Opportunities Fund

This is a small fund available to all students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. Awards are usually up to a maximum of £500 and can be either grants or loans. Applications are assessed on individual needs but priority is given to students in their final year who have experienced an unexpected disruption in their funding and where an award will enable them to complete their course. The Fund can also offer support to disabled students to enhance their experience at Sussex. This could be by, for example, providing funding towards the cost of specialist equipment needed to take part in clubs and societies.

To apply, UK students should contact the Student Life Centre (UK students must have first applied to the Access to Learning Fund to be considered for an award); international students should contact Sara Dyer or Liz Akerblom in the International and Study Abroad Office at international@sussex.ac.uk. UK students applying to the Fund must first have applied to the Access to Learning Fund (see above).

Please Note:

  • The Fund is available to all students although preference is usually given to non-UK students
  • The Fund can only offer additional assistance to students experiencing financial difficulty and is NOT able to provide the main source of funding for a course

 

Vice Chancellor (VC) Loans

These are small loans (usually up to a max £100 although more will be considered in exceptional cases) lent by the University in emergencies. Most payments are paid by BACS, which means that it can take between 4 and 7 working days for the money to be paid into your bank account.  If you need cash urgently however it may be possible for a cash payment to be made in exceptional circumstances.  VC loans are repayable and will be viewed as a debt to the University until they are cleared. There is NO interest on these loans. To apply, contact the Student Life Centre.

Please Note:

  • VC Loans are available to all students registered at the University of Sussex, including non-UK students
  • VC Loans will not be given to students who have any existing debts owed to the University
  • Failure to repay a VC Loan (or any debt owed to University) could ultimately result in the University withholding your degree result

Extended VC Loans for UK students awaiting late payment of statutory student support
UK students who have applied for and been assessed as entitled to statutory student support but who have not yet received their money may be able to apply for an extended VC Loan.  For students living on campus, the maximum amount you can borrow is £200, for students living off campus the maximum amount is £400.   These extended VC loans are repayable once you receive your statutory student support and will be viewed as a debt to the University until they are cleared.  No interest is charged on these loans.  To apply for an extended VC Loan contact the Student Life Centre.

 

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University of Sussex offers several non-repayable scholarships and bursaries, details of which can be found on the Funding section of the University's website.

These scholarships are very competitive, are often subject-based and are usually only offered to students who show exceptional academic promise and/or students in particular circumstances.