What is the Covid-19 HE Student Support Fund?
The funding has been provided by the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 Reserve, to support the national response to the pandemic, and has been distributed to universities by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).
Who can apply to the fund?
Enrolled Swansea University students struggling to meet essential expenses as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply to the new COVID-19 HE Student Support Fund.
This funding is only available to current students (those who have enrolled for the academic year 2020/2021).
- Undergraduate or Postgraduate
- Full-time / Part-time (minimum 60 credits)
- Suspended Students (Students currently on a period of suspension relating specifically to 2020/21)
Please note - Students who are more likely to be adversely affected by the current pandemic will be prioritised.
How and when can I apply?
Students can submit an application to the COVID-19 HE Student Support Fund through our online application form here.
How much will my award be?
Students assessed as eligible for help from the Covid19 HE Student Support Fund will receive an award of £350.
What do I need to provide in my application?
The application form is simple and should only take you a few minutes to complete. You will be asked for basic details relating to your status, such as whether you are studying full time or part time, student number, address etc. You will be asked to identitfy the ways in which the pandemic has affected your finances. You may be asked for some information to allow us to discern whether you fall into one of the recognised priority categories for support. You may be asked to provide further evidence in support of your application.
What are recognised priority categories?
Priority categories are students that have one of the below categories already disclosed and recorded on your University record.
These priority groups are outlined below:
- Students who are recognised as having a disability
- Care Leavers
- Estranged students
Can I apply more than once?
No. Students cannot make more than one application to the fund. Any duplicated applications will be automatically declined.
Will the award need to be repaid?
No. The award is provided by the Welsh Government to support students who have faced financial loss due to the pandemic, and this money will not need to be repaid.
How long will it take for an award to be paid to me?
We have a small but dedicated team who are working hard to assess as many applications as quickly as we can. We endeavour to make sure that the time from submitting your application to receiving your award will be completed as soon as possible, ideally we aim to assess applications within 6 weeks from the date of submission, payment of the award may take a further 14 working days.
-Priority will be given to students who fall into the Priority Categories outlined above.
-Please keep an eye on our website for updates on our processing times.
-Please do not email regarding the status of your application unless these timescales have elapsed. If this time has passed and you have not received your award, please email us at Covid19supportfund@swansea.ac.uk
Can I apply to the Covid19 HE Student Support Fund and the University Hardship Fund?
If you have previously made an application to one of the University’s Hardship Funds, you can also apply to the Covid-19 HE Student Support Fund - as long as you meet eligibility.
Similarly, if you would like to apply to the Covid-19 HE Student Support Fund and feel that you are still struggling financially, you can also make an application to the University’s Hardship Funds. For full information, please visit our Hardship Funds webpage.