DMU Support Fund

The DMU Support Fund is now closed for 2019/20. 

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

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.

What does the DMU Support Fund help with?

  • Benefit buffer e.g. if benefits have stopped to get re-assessed
  • DSA laptop shortfall
  • Final Year costs (Undergraduate students only)
  • First Year high rent costs in halls (Undergraduate students only, not available for repeat Year 1)
  • Second year high rent costs in halls (Undergraduate students only, not available for repeat Year 2)
  • Future Rent Retainer: for those securing their accommodation for next academic year with a deposit/retainer (Full-time Undergraduate students only)
  • Students with children (who live with them and are under 18 years old)
  • Registered childcare (Full-time students only)
  • Students with a disability/medical condition (not a learning difference like dyslexia)
  • Full-time Undergraduate students who don’t qualify for the maximum funding due to household income (living away from home only)
  • 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
  • Part-time students who aren't eligible for the Maintenance Loan, need to prove they have made adequate financial provision (after fees have been paid) of £3,500 for living costs, for the academic year.

Migrant Worker Status:

Students that are in receipt of full SFE funding because they have migrant worker status can apply to the DMU Support Fund for a standard assessment.

Migrant Worker Status but no longer working:

If your migrant worker status has been blocked or put on hold, then you can no longer apply to the Support Fund for a standard assessment (for example, you decide to give up your job).

However, if you had to give up work for exceptional reasons and you can show evidence of this, then this will be assessed as a non-standard award for ‘unexpected financial crisis’ and you don’t need to have met the £7,000 financial provision (as the SFE funding was your original provision).

EU Students that meet the 5 year residency SFE funding rule:

Students that have applied for ‘Home’ status funding because they have resided in the UK for five years (1st Sep) for other than the purposes of education, will be considered as Home students and can therefore apply to the DMU Support Fund as normal.

Where students are still waiting for their funding to be finalised and so have not yet had a payment, they can access the normal ‘emergency payment/food voucher’ system or go down the non-standard route via a Welfare Officer appointment in the assumption that they will receive Home funding and therefore be classed as ‘Home’.

Postgraduate students

You must be a Home student (and be assessed as such by your funding provider), and you must have applied for the maximum SFE Postgraduate Loan, Postgraduate Doctoral Loan or NHS Social Work Bursary to be eligible to apply. If you are not eligible for this funding (e.g. your course doesn't qualify), you can still apply to the DMU Support Fund. However, you would need to evidence that you have made alternative arrangements to generate the equivalent amount in financial provision.

All Postgraduate students must be able to show that they have made adequate financial provision for both tuition fees and general living costs before they apply to the DMU Support Fund.

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, income-related 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)

£2,000 minimum for the year (after tuition fees have been paid)

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

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

£3,500 minimum for the year (after tuition fees have been paid)

How do I apply?

You must complete all of the DMU Support Fund application form and provide all the documents requested for your circumstances. We cannot commence an assessment if the form or evidence is incomplete. Please refer to the guidelines at the top of the screen.

Download the documents below:

Download DMU Support Fund 2019-20 application form

Download DMU Support Fund Guidance Notes - you must read this.

Closing date for applications: Friday 12 June 2020 – however, we may have to withdraw the Fund at any point prior to the closing date if funds are deemed to be running low.

What happens after I apply?

We will aim to assess your application within four working 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. Non-standard awards can only be made for an ‘unexpected financial crisis’ which you must be able to provide evidence of. Please contact the Student Gateway to book this, as there is not the option for you to book direct via your 'MyGateway' system.

International and E.U. students must be able to prove that you have made financial provision for the academic year as follows:

  • Living costs of £7,000 - you must be able to prove you have this amount at the beginning of the academic year OR prove that you are working and likely to earn this amount over the academic year
  • Tuition Fees - you must also be able to show that you have either paid your tuition fees up front or that there is a plan in place as outlined by the DMU Income Section.


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 1/4 hour 'Quick Query' appointment to review the assessment. Please don't book the appointment yourself, as we need to ensure you are booked in with the appropriate member of staff (not all staff can do these appointments). 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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