HE Support Fund

What is the HE Support Fund?

University Centre South Essex appreciates there are times when students are faced with unexpected financial hardship and we can offer assistance via the HE Support Fund.

If students experience unexpected financial hardship they are able to apply for the various support funds we offer:

Late Funding Loan – if there is a delay to home students’ Student Finance being paid they are able to apply for a loan from the university to bridge the gap. The loan is fully repayable when Student Finance is received. This fund is available from October.

Standard Award – if students experience general financial hardship which puts them at risk of withdrawal from the course or impedes their ability to study they can apply for the Standard Award. Full details on the application and assessment criteria can be found on the Services Central page of Canvas. This fund is non-repayable and is available from November.

Non-Standard Award – if students experience a one-off financial emergency they may apply for the Standard award. This award covers incidents such as IT repairs, domestic emergencies and emergency travel. Full details on the application and assessment criteria can be found on the Services Central page of Canvas. This fund is non-repayable and is available from November.

All of the funds are administered through our partner platform Blackbullion

Blackbullion also has an excellent range of budgeting and money management tools and we would encourage students to register on the platform to develop their money skills. This is available for all students regardless of whether they are applying for the HE Support Funds.

Any queries relating to the HE Support funds can be directed to HESupport@southessex.ac.uk

Money Ready for Uni

If you are a new applicant and would like to find out more about Student Finance and managing your money at university you can sign up for Money-Ready for Uni - Blackbullion (moneyreadyforuni.com) to gain valuable hints and tips about what to expect and how to make the most of your student loans.

Our HE Support team are always happy to offer advice on Student Finance, applying for HE Support Funds and budgeting and can be contacted by emailing HESupport@southessex.ac.uk