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DMU Support Fund

We have launched a brand new DMU Support Fund for the 2017/18 academic year. Please note that any previous awards you received may no longer be available.

Plus we will not be running a separate Summer Fund in 2018, as students can apply via the DMU Support Fund instead – this ensures that students with different start dates can still apply as long as they meet the criteria.

The Fund relies on money provided by the University to help students who are facing genuine and unavoidable financial hardship. It will be reviewed at the end of each term, which may impact the way we assess future applications. This is to ensure we maintain sufficient funds throughout the academic year.

The DMU Support Fund is designed to assist with general living and course-related costs. It cannot be used to pay tuition fees, support 'lifestyle choices' or as a replacement for statutory benefits.

There is no guarantee of an award, therefore please do not rely on receiving money from the Fund as a form of income. DMU Support Fund awards are like a grant and are not repaid.

What does the DMU Support Fund help with?

  • Art and Design students with exceptionally high materials costs. See course eligibility for more information
  • Benefit buffer e.g. if benefits have stopped to get re-assessed
  • DSA for laptop shortfall
  • Final Year costs (Undergraduate students only)
  • First Year high rent costs in halls
  • Future rent deposit for next academic year
  • Students with children, including help with registered childcare (Full Time Undergraduate students only)
  • Students with a disability/medical condition (not a learning difference like dyslexia)
  • Students who don’t qualify for the maximum funding due to household income
  • Students who travel 10+ miles to DMU campus/ or a Partnership college daily

Am I eligible to apply?

You must be enrolled on your course and meet the following general criteria:

Undergraduate students:

  • You must be a Home student (and be assessed as such by your funding provider)
  • You need to be assessed for all the student funding that you are eligible for (Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan, Maintenance Grant, Adult Dependants' Grant, Parents' Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant, NHS Bursary) and had your full entitlement approved
  • If you are not entitled to funding from your funding provider because you have previous study at higher education level, or you hold an Equivalent Level Qualification, you may still apply to the DMU Support Fund. However, you would need to evidence that you have made alternative arrangements to generate financial provision which would be the equivalent of the full funding package for the course you are studying
  • As a general rule, if the undergraduate degree you are studying does not attract national funding (for example, Student Finance England) then you are not eligible to apply to the DMU Support Fund. See course eligibility for more information.

Postgraduate students:

Before you apply to the DMU Support Fund, you must be able to show that you have made adequate financial provision for both your tuition fees and general living costs.

Tuition fees

You must have an agreed payment plan for your tuition fees in place with DMU and be up-to-date with your payments. If you have a tuition fee debt to the University it will be assumed automatically that you have failed to make adequate provision to pay your tuition fees.

Living costs

In addition to having money to pay your tuition fees, you must also be able to show that you have enough money to cover your essential living costs. This can be via a combination of loans, scholarships, wages, savings, benefits etc.

Living costs breakdown

Single student living at home with parents while studying

£4,000 minimum for the year (after tuition fees have been paid)

Student living away from home while studying, or student with children

£7,000 minimum for the year (after tuition fees have been paid)

Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities

How do I apply?

You must complete all of the DMU Support Fund application form and provide photocopies or printouts of all the documents requested for your circumstances. Please note: original documents will not be accepted.

Hard copies of the DMU Support Fund application form are available from the Student Finance and Welfare Counter (next to the Cashier’s Office) ground floor of Gateway House. Alternatively, you can print off a copy of the application form and the supporting notes by downloading the documents below:

Download DMU Support Fund 2017-18 application form

Download DMU Support Fund Guidance Notes - you must read this

Closing date for applications: Friday 15 June 2018 – however, we may have to withdraw the Fund at any point prior to the closing date if funds are deemed to be running low.

Submitting completed application forms

Students based at the DMU city-centre campus: need to book an appointment to get your completed application form and supporting evidence checked by an adviser.

Students based at a partnership college: will need to speak to their college’s Student Services department to get their completed application form and supporting evidence checked by a member of staff at the college.

The adviser will check through your application form to make sure it is completed correctly and will check that all of the required evidence has been provided. If the form is not complete, the adviser will make a note of what is missing and return it back to you. You will then need to have your form re-checked in a separate appointment. We cannot commence an assessment if the form or evidence is incomplete.

What happens after I apply?

You will be given a receipt when your completed application form is accepted by the adviser stating the date that the form was accepted.

We will aim to assess your application within four weeks of it being submitted, then (if eligible for an award) allow a bit longer to receive the payment. If an assessor contacts you to ask for clarification or for further evidence, it may take longer for your application to be assessed, but your application will not be put to the back of the queue. We will aim to continue with the assessment as soon as we can after receiving the additional information.

Please avoid contacting us about your application until the four week period has elapsed (check your receipt for your date of submission) unless you have a change of circumstances. Enquiries regarding the progress of your application, stops the assessors from working on assessments.

Other help available via the DMU Support Fund


Non-standard awards

Home, E.U. and International students who are facing any unexpected financial difficulties should book an appointment with a Welfare Officer to discuss their individual circumstances. Please contact the Student Gateway to book this, as there is not the option for you to book direct via your 'MyGateway' system.

Where can I get more advice?

For advice on completing your application form or on issues relating to your student finance, please contact the Student Finance and Welfare team in the Student Gateway.

Telephone number for DMU Student Finance and Welfare: +44 (0)116 257 7595 (select option 3, then option 3 again).

Email address for DMU Student Finance and Welfare:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your DMU Support Fund decision, you can book a ½ hour 'Money Doctor' appointment to review the assessment. If there is additional information that comes to light or your circumstances have changed and you are able to provide evidence to support this, the administrator will determine whether to re-assess your application. If there is no additional evidence, the original decision will remain the same.


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