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DMU Support Fund - postgraduate student information

Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be enrolled on your course
  • You must be a Home student (and be assessed as such by your funding provider)
  • 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 you will not be eligible to apply
  • You must have applied for the maximum SFE Postgraduate Loan/ SFE Postgraduate Doctoral Loan/ or NHS Social Work Bursary
  • If you are not eligible for this funding (e.g. your course doesn't qualify), you can still apply to the DMU Support Fund, as long as you can evidence you have sufficient funds to cover the total of your Tuition Fees 
  • We would expect postgraduate students to have considered how they will cover their fees and living costs prior to enrolment. This could be via a combination of loans, scholarships, wages, savings, family contributions, income-related benefits.

What does this Fund help with?

  • Benefit buffer e.g. if benefits have stopped to get re-assessed
  • Care experienced: for students who can show they have been in care at some point in their lives (continuing students only)
  • DSA laptop shortfall
  • Postgraduate high rent costs
  • 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)
  • Students who travel 10+ miles to DMU campus/ or a Partnership college daily. This may not currently be applicable, due to online learning during the pandemic.

How do I apply?

You must complete the online application form and you must provide all the documents requested for your circumstances, view our video guides below. We will only log receipt of your application form after you have emailed your evidence. We cannot commence an assessment if the form or evidence is incomplete.

Closing date for applications: Friday 11 June 2021 but we may have to withdraw the Fund at any point prior to the closing date if funds are deemed to be running low.

  1. 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) you may need to allow a bit longer to receive the payment. Dates when DMU is closed (e.g. Christmas and Easter) do not form part of the turnaround time.

    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-working weeks have passed, unless you have a change of circumstances. Enquiries regarding the progress of your application stops the assessors from working on assessments.

  2. How can I contact you?

    If you need advice on completing your application form, obtaining your supporting evidence, or on any issues relating to your student finance, please contact us:

    Tel: 0116 257 7595 (select option 3, then option 3 again)

    Email: sfw@dmu.ac.uk

  3. How do I query my assessment decision?

    If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your assessment decision, you can book a ¼-hour 'Quick Query' appointment to review the outcome. 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.

Evidence

If you have checked the information above and seen that you are eligible to apply, only after you have submitted your online application form, you will need to email sfw@dmu.ac.uk your supporting evidence to us as attachments, before we can assess you. Please make sure you state your name and P Number. You can use a free app called Adobe Scan, or take photos or download PDFs but please make sure that your evidence is clear, easy to read and you don’t chop off any important details.

IMPORTANT: you must submit the requested evidence, please check all of the guidance videos below that apply to your application. 

You must supply the following:

Bank statements

Postgraduate funding

Depending on your circumstances, please provide evidence that is applicable to you and what you ticked on your application form:

Benefits have stopped/ or being re-assessed

Childcare costs

Children - if you don't use childcare

Disability/Medical condition - unable to work part-time

DSA for laptop shortfall

Healthcare costs: dietary

Healthcare costs: treatment

Partner's income - if you live with your partner

Prescription costs

Rent costs - first years and second years with very high rent costs

Travel costs - living away from home, over 10 miles from campus and expected to travel

If you have already applied in 2020/21 and you are submitting another application:

Re-applying - check to see what additional evidence we need