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OfS Covid Impact Hardship Fund

Applications will take up to 20 working days to process, please do not contact us within this time for an update, as it will take valuable time away from the assessment team and delay processing.

We know that students may have been financially impacted throughout the pandemic, experiencing difficulty supplementing their income in the current job market and struggling with living costs and digital connectivity. We want to make sure you are fully supported at this time and to help with this, the government and Office for Students (OfS) has provided money for us to administer a hardship fund due to the financial impact Covid is having. This will help students with a small contribution towards living and digital connectivity costs.

Eligibility

Students need to be enrolled on their course at the time of applying – if you have completed your course or if you have been excluded, you are not eligible to apply. This Fund is open to Home (UK), EU and International; undergraduate and postgraduate; full-time and part-time students studying a higher education course. Students on the ‘Art and Design Foundation Diploma’ course are not eligible as their course is further education.

 

OFS Covid Impact Hardship Fund - Application form

 

 

Evidence required

Please ensure you complete an application form (link above) and send all evidence as soon as possible via email to Covid19HardshipFund@dmu.ac.uk as we cannot assess you until we have a completed application form and the evidence below:

  • All students: please supply one month of very recent bank statements, covering a date range right up to the date you apply, for ALL of your bank accounts – student account, current accounts, joint accounts, savings accounts (including ISAs). These must show your current spending. We cannot accept phone banking apps, please log into online banking and download PDFs, you can also try screenshots of a mini statement if you haven’t had the official statement generated yet.
  • All students: please supply the current balance on the date you apply for ALL of your bank accounts – student account, current accounts, joint accounts, savings accounts (including ISAs). You can use phone banking apps for this as long as it states your account details that we can match up with your bank statements.
  • Students who are currently expected to pay for a rental property: an in-date tenancy agreement, we only need the page(s) that state your name, the address of the property, the start/end dates of the tenancy; your rent payment schedule.
  • Students who are currently expected to pay for a mortgage: your most recent mortgage statement which may be two or three pages, that state your name, the address of the property, either how much you are expected to pay, or a list of how much you have been paying over the statement year.

PDFs are the best way to submit your evidence, or you can use Adobe Scan app (available for free from Apple Store or Google Play), or take a photo of the evidence, or use a scanner. But please ensure that your image is clear, the text is legible, and don’t crop any text off the edges.

We will contact you via your DMU email, so please check your emails regularly (including your Junk/Spam folders). Please email Covid19HardshipFund@dmu.ac.uk with any queries.

 

This fund will close at 5pm on Thursday 3 June 2021.