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The 2014 Summer Fund

It is expected that most students will return home over the summer to be supported by their families and where possible obtain work to help support themselves throughout the next academic year or reduce their overdrafts if necessary.  However, if you have extra or unexpected expenses over the summer the Summer Fund might be able to contribute to these.

What is it?

The  FCF Summer Fund is a hardship fund to help continuing home (UK funded for living costs) students who can not work over the summer and find themselves in financial hardship for basic living costs due to either:

1. Caring responsibilities, sickness or disability.

2.  Course commitments (exams, field trips, unpaid compulsory placements).

3.  Being unable to return home for the summer and not being able to find work. 

When can I apply

The Summer Fund is now open and will close on 25th July 2014.

How do I apply?

1.  If you have already applied to the Financial Contingency Fund in 2013-14, please do not complete another application form, provide a covering letter detailing why you are in hardship and applying to the fund over the summer.  You must provide your last month bank statement and current balances (from all accounts), detail any changes to your expenditure e.g rent if it has changed and explain why you can not work or what you have done to try and find work.

2.  If you have not previously applied to the Financial contingency Fund, you will need to pick up an application form from 50 Park Place or Heath Park campus, or download an application form.  Please fill in the application form and return with all the requested evidence for the academic year just finished 2013-14 and this summer period.  Explain why you are applying on the supporting statement section.

You are not eligible if you are:

-  An overseas student.

-  A student who has already received £3500 from the Financial Contingency Fund this academic year.

-  A student who is studying for over 45 weeks in the academic year and has already applied to the FCF.

-  A final year student.   'Home' UK final year students who have not secured employment for the end of the academic year will be able to apply for Job Seekers Allowance online.  This is from the 16th  June 2014 for most courses.