International students are expected to have made full provision for their tuition fees and living costs before embarking on their programme of study as a condition of their Student Visa (Tier 4 visa). Where a student experiences an unexpected event that causes financial difficulty or loss they may be able to receive support from one of these emergency funds:
INTERNATIONAL EXCEPTIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND
If you are an international or EU student and are experiencing financial difficulties due to circumstances outside of your control you can make an application to this fund for a small amount of emergency assistance.
Please note that this is a limited fund and you will need to discuss your situation with a specialist adviser in the Advice Service initially who will then refer you for further consideration under the fund if appropriate.
To make a telephone appointment with a specialist adviser please email email@example.com
Emergency Repatriation Fund
This fund is to offer exceptional emergency support to an international student who experiences an unanticipated event which requires them to have to go home urgently. The student would be expected to be able to demonstrate that they cannot afford to pay for their own ticket as well as supply evidence of the situation. If approved, this fund may be used to purchase a travel ticket on the student’s behalf. These funds are not repayable by the students and this fund will be withdrawn once funds are exhausted.
Emergency Cash Loan
To be used if a student can demonstrate that they are funded by their Government (or exceptionally, by an employer) but have experienced a short delay in the receipt of a payment. The small amount of cash which can be loaned is to assist with immediate food costs. The student is expected to provide evidence of the delay in the receipt of their maintenance funds as well as evidence of their hardship. This is a loan and is therefore repayable – the student is expected to provide debit card details in order to enable an automated repayment facility to be set-up.
Short-term Loan (for Students who are in financial crisis due to Civil Uprising)
This loan may be made where students are funded by their country’s Government but payments are delayed due to civil uprising. The student is required to evidence the delay to their maintenance payments as well as provide evidence of their immediate hardship. These loans are repayable and the student is expected to provide debit card details in order to enable an automated repayment facility to be set-up.
How to make an application:
Application forms and further information are available from the Student Funding Team, Student Support Centre.