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York St John Student Support Fund

We can offer financial assistance through the Student Support Fund and short-term emergency food assistance. The aim of this support is to help you with unexpected financial difficulties.

York St John Student Support Fund

The Fund assists students and postgraduate researchers when you find yourself with unexpected financial difficulties.

It is not intended to be used as a source of funding, but instead to help you regain control of your financial situation.

You can apply to the Fund at any point during the year, providing the allocation has not been depleted. We will process your application as quickly as we can, but it can take up to 21 working days for an assessment to be completed from when we receive your application and all supporting evidence.

The Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund and any help awarded is usually non-repayable.

Applying to the York St John Student Support Fund

When you submit an application to the York St John Student Support Fund you do not initially need to provide evidence.

However, we would advise you to gather the following evidence so that you are ready to upload it to your online application, if requested:

  • Evidence of any income. For example, your Student Finance entitlement letter for 2023-24 academic year.
  • Tenancy agreement (full document) or mortgage statement if you own your home.
  • Bank statements for all accounts in your name including any ISAs, savings, overseas, student, current, empty or unused accounts for the past 3 months as of the date you submitted your application. We accept exported PDF statements, exported online banks accounts or actual scanned statements. Please note that we do not accept screenshots from mobile phones or Excel spreadsheets.

Examples of bank accounts:

  • Student accounts: Santander 123, TSB, HSBC, Lloyds, Revolute, Monzo, Nationwide, Plumb.
  • Current and joint accounts.
  • Savings: ISAs Fixed rate, easy access, and notice accounts.

Please note that 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 01904 876 452 or

Apply to the YSJ Student Support Fund


Once you have started an application for financial assistance, it is a requirement to register on Blackbullion.

Blackbullion is an award-winning financial wellbeing resource which offers free online advice to help students with money skills for life. Blackbullion has already benefited many students at York St John, providing them with content on preparing for university, student lifestyle, making a budget work, future proofing and more.

You can register by using your York St John email on

For more information on Blackbullion, please watch What is Blackbullion? (Youtube).

From September 2023, Blackbullion are launching an app to help you make your money last until the next student loan payment and will support you to build healthy financial habits with a weekly check-in. There will be student rewards for becoming financially confident.

Download from Apple App Store Download from Google Play Store

Short-term emergency food assistance

If you find yourself in an unexpected situation without food, we can offer support through short-term emergency food assistance. This support is designed to help relieve immediate pressure during this difficult time. To apply, please complete the following online form.

Apply for short-term emergency food assistance

If you require immediate food support, please contact the Student Funding Advice team on as the University has a stock of non-perishable items available.

The Information Services desk in Fountains is also able to offer food support during the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 5.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am to 10.00pm

Alternatively, the following links will confirm other support support available in York.

If you are not located in York, please visit the Trussell Trust website to find your local food bank.

Alternative shopping options

The apps below can help you to save money on your food.

  • Too Good to Go: Find discounts on surplus food at local shops and restaurants.
  • Olio: Pick up items that are no longer needed from people who live nearby.
  • No Waste: Track, organise and manage the food in your home to reduce waste.
  • Compare prices across supermarkets and save money on your everyday shopping.

You can also find advice on managing your money on Blackbullion: The Budget Decision Tree.

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