Coronavirus: latest information

Apply for Financial Assistance

Applications to our Hardship Funds & the International Student Crisis Fund for the 19/20 academic year will be closing on 10th July 2020.

Money@CampusLife will reopen applications in August once the University’s financial year has started for 20/21. You won't be able to apply until the applications have reopened, therefore you must submit your application by 10/07/20 to ensure an award payment is made before the end of the current financial year (providing that your application is successful).

To make an application and for more information please visit our web page: Online Application

If you experience a financial hardship related problem whilst the online application system is temporarily inaccessible, please get in contact with the Money@CampusLife team directly: hardshipfunds@swansea.ac.uk.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss anything in further detail then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Money@CampusLife team directly: hardshipfunds@swansea.ac.uk

We are working hard to assess and process applications as quickly as possible but please be aware that due to unprecedented events caused by the coronavirus outbreak, our payment dates and assessment time frames may be affected.

Are you an International Student?

Are you a UK or EU Student?

Is your funding not sufficient to cover your living costs?

Are money worries affecting your studies or wellbeing?

Are there upcoming or unexpected costs that you don't know how to pay? 

If so, we are here to help!

The Swansea University Opportunity Award is available year round to assist students experiencing financial difficulty for all sorts of reasons; from the costs involved with studying abroad to those incurred when providing care for a dependent, and many more in between!

Did you know...?

You do not need to be in dire financial straits to be eligible for an award (please get in touch with Money@CampusLife for more information).

If you are a UK or EU student studying full or part-time on a mainstream undergraduate or postgraduate course, you are eligible to apply to the Fund.

The Fund is based on student income, not on parental income like Student Loans/Grants.

Any award you receive does not have to be repaid.

Students can apply as many times as they like throughout the academic year.

Please note, external students are not eligible to apply to any of the Money@CampusLife hardship funds.  You may find you are able to access the online application forms but these will not be considered.

How do I Apply?

The Short Term Assistance Grant

If you are struggling financially or facing hardship as a result of the current situation related to Covid-19 you may be able to access some short-term financial support in the form of a Hardship Fund Short Term Assistance Grant. Applications can be submitted online, and there is an expectation that students supply all of the required information their form can be assessed.

You can access the online application system here.

Please note that our Short Term Assistance grant is available for short term support only, and awards will be allocated on a case by case basis. The fund is limited, and should not be viewed as a form of funding to replace long-term loss of income or meet all additional costs, however we will seek to support those who are facing unexpected hardship as best we can.

The newly introduced Short Term Assistance Grant (STAG)  has a streamlined application process. Awards are capped and may offer up to £600 for those with dependants and up to £300 for those without dependants. There is no guarantee of an award and assessments are based on financial hardship. Applications may take up to 14 working days to assess, however we are working hard to assess applications as quickly as possible. Please note that due to payment protocols there may be a period of 7-10 working days between receiving notification of an award and the date of payment.

If you’d like a fuller assessment of your financial circumstances you can apply to SUOA (see below). Please be advised that any award already allocated will be taken into consideration as part of our assessment process and first applications will take priority.

If you would like some guidance on providing sufficient evidence in your application please click here for some useful tutorial videos.

For enrolled Home and EU students. International students should refer to information on the International Student Crises Fund.

The Swansea University Opportunity Award

The Swansea University Opportunity Award is available to apply using our online application form which is available here: SUOA Application 

Students will need to log on using their intranet log-in details. If you have any questions about the form please contact the Money@CampusLife team.

The SUOA is a limited fund and all awards are issued as a grant that does not need to be paid back.  In order for awards to be issued fairly and to those in need, please be aware that you will be required to supply all the evidence requested based on your circumstances. 

It can take up to 15 working days to assess your application, but a decision may take longer if not all evidence has been provided.  If we need further information, we will contact you within the 15 working days.  You may receive more than one request for further information if not all evidence has been provided.

If you would like some guidance on providing sufficient evidence in your application please click here for some useful tutorial videos.

International Student Crisis Fund

Swansea University is able to offer financial assistance to enrolled International Students who face financial difficulties, which were: unforeseen at the start of the course and / or not within the student’s control. We do anticipate that international students may experience financial challenges due to the unprecedented times we’re currently facing over the upcoming Summer period. Awards are made as a non-repayable grant, so we would encourage any student who is struggling financially to submit an application to the International Student Crisis Fund (ISCF) and find out if they are eligible to receive an award.

The Crisis Fund is not a form of funding and applicants are required to demonstrate that they had made adequate arrangements to finance their course before they came to the University and that these arrangements have been affected by unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond their control.

Each application will be considered and assessed on an individual basis, with the strictest confidentiality by our expert advisors, however there is no guarantee of an award. Email hardshipfunds@swansea.ac.uk for more information.

Current Students can apply using our online application form. If you would like some guidance on providing sufficient evidence in your application please click here for some useful tutorial videos.

Please note, external students are not eligible to apply to any of the Money@CampusLife hardship funds.  You may find you are able to access the online application forms but these will not be considered.

Money Worries affecting your Health or Wellbeing?

If you feel like your money worries are affecting your health or wellbeing, you may benefit from accessing the support available from the Wellbeing@CampusLife team. They offer a wide range of services including counselling, support sessions and workshops depending on your circumstances and individual requirments. For more information, including how to get in touch, please visit the Wellbeing webpage

Money@CampusLife Confidentiality policy

All information dealt with by the Money@CampusLife team is done so in the strictest confidence.  On the occasions that we need to consult staff from other departments, we only do so with prior consent from you.