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Student support fund

The aim of the fund is to alleviate unexpected financial difficulties.

The YSJ Student Support Fund provides financial assistance to students in need.

Since the start of the pandemic, York St John University has actively made additional budget available in order to support more students facing financial challenges.  

The Office for Students has now also provided additional hardship funding for universities to support students to continue their course and achieve learning outcomes. This funding has been made available by the government to recognise the particular impact arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic, York St John University has increased its own contribution and added these additional funds to the YSJ Student Support Fund.

The Student Funding Advice team have now made the application process easier to make sure you are assessed as soon as possible in recognition of the challenges you may be facing.

Applying to the fund

When to apply

You can apply to the YSJ Student Support Fund at any point throughout the year, providing the allocation has not been depleted. The Fund is not guaranteed and should not be seen as a source of regular funding as the money available is limited. Any help awarded from the Fund is usually non-repayable.

Please note: It is not possible to offer support for tuition fees through this Fund. If you are struggling to pay your tuition fees, please contact the Finance team to discuss your options. They can be contacted on finance@yorksj.ac.uk.

How to apply

To apply to the fund you will need to complete an online application.

APPLY FOR THE STUDENT SUPPORT FUND

When completing the online application please make sure you put exact figures because they will be used in the initial assessment to determine whether an award will be made. Your application will be assessed within a maximum of 21 days, depending on how quickly you can submit any requested evidence.

Once you have started an application for financial assistance, it is mandatory that you have registered on Blackbullion, our online money education tool. You can do this using your York St John email on www.blackbullion.com. Failure to register will delay your application in being processed. Once you are registered it is advised that you complete the Budgeting pathway. For more information on Blackbullion please watch the video We are Blackbullion: For Students (YouTube).

Providing evidence

You do not need to provide evidence when submitting your form. However, we would advise you to start collating the following evidence so that you have it ready to upload to your online application if requested.

  • Notification of Entitlement from Student Finance
  • Tenancy agreement (full document showing all named tenants and costs)
  • Bank statements for all accounts held for the last three months.

Successful applications

All correspondence will be sent to your YSJ email account. Once the team have received all evidence and they have no further queries they will take your application to the next Student Financial Assistance Group which meets on a weekly basis.

Applying to the Support Fund more than once

You can apply to the YSJ Student Supprt Fund again if your circumstances change.

You will need to complete a Change of circumstances form and provide the following evidence:

  • Notification of Entitlement from Student Finance
  • Tenancy agreement (full document showing all named tenants and costs)
  • Bank statements for all accounts held for the last three months.

Once you have completed the form and have collated all evidence, please email it to fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.  

Download: Change of circumstances form (docx, 36.5 kB)

Foodbank

The Foodbank is open to all students who find themselves in financial difficulty for a short period of time. The Foodbank is made up of basic food necessities and toiletries to help support students facing difficulty through a short period of time. 

If you would like more information about the Foodbank, please email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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