De Montfort University Hardship Fund
The DMU Support Fund (formerly known as the DMU Hardship Fund) is money provided by the University to help students who are facing genuine and unavoidable financial hardship. The Fund will be reviewed at the end of each term, which may impact the way we assess applications. This is to ensure we maintain sufficient funds throughout the academic year.
The Fund is designed to assist with general living and course-related costs. It cannot be used to pay tuition fees, support ‘lifestyle choices’ or as a replacement for statutory benefits.
DMU Support Fund awards do not need to be paid back. There is no guarantee of an award, therefore please do not rely on receiving money from the Fund as a form of income.
Am I eligible to apply?
You must be enrolled on your course and meet the following general criteria:
- You must be a Home student (and be assessed as such by Student Finance England or NHS Student Bursaries)
- You must have applied for all available student funding that you are eligible for (Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan, Maintenance Grant, Adult Dependants’ Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant, NHS Bursary)
- If you have special circumstances (single parent, certain disabilities etc) you must have applied for all benefits that you are eligible for (Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credits etc)
- If you are not entitled to funding from your funding provider because you have previous study at Higher Education level or hold an Equivalent Level Qualification, you may still apply to the DMU Support Fund. However, because the Fund is prioritised for those studying a first degree, we will assume that you are receiving full funding when calculating your income
- As a general rule, if the undergraduate degree you are studying does not attract national funding (for example, Student Finance England) then you are not eligible to apply to the DMU Support Fund. See Course Eligibility for more information.
Before you apply to the DMU Support Fund, you must be able to show that you have made adequate financial provision for both your tuition fees and general living costs.
1. Tuition Fees
You must have an agreed payment plan for your tuition fees in place with DMU and be up-to-date with your payments. If you have a tuition fee debt to the University it will be assumed automatically that you have failed to make adequate provision to pay your tuition fees.
2. Living costs
In addition to having money to pay your tuition fees, you must also be able to show that you have at least £175 per week (if you are single and have no dependants) or £141 per week (if you have dependent children or are unable to work due to disability) to cover your essential or general living costs. This is known as the Minimum Required Provision (MRP) and can be met via loans, scholarships, savings, sponsorship, benefit entitlements etc.