This article will provide you with information on the University of Portsmouth Support Fund.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties/ find yourself with no money then the Student Finance Centre may be able to help. We are located on the second floor of the Nuffield Centre and are open five days a week, all year round. A member of staff is always available to help, so you can drop in whenever you like - there is no need to make an appointment.
Students who are in financial difficulty can apply for a non-repayable grant from the support fund. Awards are assessed depending on your needs and are non-repayable. In most cases they are paid by electronic transfer to your bank account.
All applications from full-time postgraduates will have an assumed level of income included in the calculation called the Notional Postgraduate Income (NPI). The NPI is applied as students are expected to have made realistic provision to fund both their tuition fees and living costs before embarking on their course. We are generally only able to support postgraduate students who fall into certain categories (those with disabilities, children or our other priority groups)
If you are a part-time student, we can only help with course related costs, for example childcare, study costs and travel. We cannot help with general living costs or tuition fees.
How do I apply?
You will need to complete an application form and provide photocopied evidence of your income and essential expenditure. As a minimum we need your Student Finance England notification letter (if applicable), three months up-to-date bank statements from all accounts, including savings, and a copy of your tenancy agreement or halls invoice.
You may be asked to attend an interview regarding your application if we need to discuss it further with you.
We assess all applications in line with our fund guidelines. If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application there is a review procedure. Reviews will normally only be considered if a piece of information was either not known or not taken into account in the original assessment.
Other sources of help
If you have an immediate financial emergency, the Student Finance Centre may be able to help with an interest-free emergency loan. Loans are not guaranteed and are usually limited to one per academic year. Before we can offer you a loan we will need to see that you have accessed all other sources of support, including student finance, overdrafts and support funds. You need to have submitted a support fund application in order to apply for a loan.
The normal maximum loan we can offer is £100 (although in some situations up to £500 may be available). Loans have to be repaid within 30 days to enable other students to access the same help.
This fund consists of donations from Portsmouth Alumni, and provides support for students who lack sufficient funds to be able to make the most of their time here. This can include non-compulsory course related costs such as equipment, projects or field trips.
To apply for the Futures Fund you need to make an application to the support fund explaining what course related costs you would like help with and demonstrating that you cannot meet these costs yourself. We will then look at whether we can make an award from the fund.
Trust and Charity Funding
If you are finding it difficult to meet certain costs while at university you may be able to apply for assistance from a charity or trust. Be aware that most organisations apply very specific criteria, such as age, residency, religion and/or course type, and only have limited resources available. It is very rare that an organisation will be able to support you in the form of a full scholarship. You will usually need to show that you have tried all other sources of financial help, and that you are able to source the rest of the money needed to complete the course.
Family Action - Family Action have an Educational Grants Search facility, which helps you identify appropriate charitable funding for education or training based on your circumstances and needs.
Scholarship Search - This is another online database which you can search by organisation or subject.
Portsmouth Food Cycle
Portsmouth Food Cycle offer a community meal for those in crisis. They welcome students as volunteers to support with the preparation of meals every Tuesday and Thursday evening.