Manchester Metropolitan University aims to support students in a number of ways to ensure fair access, progression, retention and success, including the provision of an annual Support Fund.
Our Support Fund comprises a number of different elements that are listed below. The Support Fund is a limited fund, which reduces throughout the academic year depending on demand. Awards are discretionary and should not be regarded as a guaranteed form of income. At any point in the year, adjustments may be made to the level of awards at the manager’s discretion to maximise the reach of the funds.
Priority is given to students in certain groups but please note there can be no guarantee of an award for any applicant.
Once the Support Fund has depleted, applications will be closed for the academic year, even if this occurs before the advertised closing dates.
Student Financial Support also administer other bursaries or scholarships that come from other sources of funding. Where support comes from another source, this is indicated below.
Please do not wait until you have very low funds before coming to seek money help and guidance. We strongly encourage students to contact our team or apply for financial support as early as possible.
The funds available are limited, so we can't guarantee that there will be support available throughout the year. Please do not wait until the closing date to submit an application.
Day to Day Support is the main element of our Support Fund.
One of the most important parts of a successful student life is the effective management of your day to day budget. During the application process for Day to Day Support, we will explore your budget by comparing your income to some of your essential expenditure. Depending on the outcome, we may provide non-repayable money support to assist with any shortfalls that we might identify in your day to day budget. We may also offer information and guidance to help improve your ability to manage your daily budget, or signpost you to other services who may be able to offer specialist support with any issues that you may be experiencing.
Any student enrolled on a course at Manchester Metropolitan University with the exception of International Students.
International Students experiencing financial difficulty should contact International Welfare and Immigration.
If you are eligible and need help with a money matter, please do always apply for Day to Day Support so we can explore your circumstances.
The application form will be available from Monday 16th September 2019 and will close for all applications on Friday 1st May 2020.
The form is accessed via Career Hub. To log in, all you need is your 8-digit University ID and network password.
Prior to starting the application form, please ensure that you have read the Day to Day Support Guidance Notes that give more information about how to apply and why we need the document and information we ask for.
The online form contains instructions to help you complete the form, including a list of documents that you will need to include with your application. Please read these instructions carefully to reduce unneccessary delays with the processing of your application.
The Students' Union Advice Centre can offer one-to-one assistance with your application if needed.
If you cannot access the online form for any reason, please contact the Student Financial Support helpline on 0161 247 1045.
|Closing dates for applications|
|Final year undergraduates early closing date*||Friday 3rd April 2020|
|All students final closing date||Friday 1st May 2020|
*Final year students are encouraged to apply by the earlier closing date to be considered for support over the full academic year. Final years applying after the early closing date will only be assessed for the time remaining on their course.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your application and supporting information reaches the Student Financial Support team by the closing date. If you are posting information, you must ensure you leave sufficient time for it to arrive and pay sufficient postage to cover the cost. If you submit supporting information to the Student Hub, please ensure that you request a receipt to confirm that you did this.
Yes - you can submit an application in every year of your course.
However, please remember that the outcome of your application in the current academic year may not be the same as a previous year. We update our assessment guidelines each year to reflect the priorities of the fund. The amount of funding and volume of applications that we receive each year can also vary. This may affect the amount of additional funding that we can offer to each student every year.
Once submitted, your applications will progress through a number of stages:
We aim to notify you about the outcome of your application within 4 working weeks of your application reaching stage 2.
We will also email you within 5 working days of submitting your application to let you know if anything is missing:
Please remember to check your student email account regularly, as we send you updates at every stage of the application process.
The assessment time will vary depending on the complexity and number of applications received and at peak times such as the start of term and around the closing dates. During peak times, your patience is appreciated whilst we try to assess applications as quickly as we can.
You can find more information about our assessment timescales and assessment stages by clicking on the link below:
For detailed information about how your application will be assessed, including what we use as income, how we calculate your expenditure and whether we will consider your debts, please refer to the Day to Day Support Guidance Notes. The notes also contain some sample assessments that might help you understand how we carry out our calculations.
The Student Financial Support Team has assessment guidance in place to ensure that all applications are assessed fairly using the same criteria. However, the following student groups are given priority in our assessment process:
Please note: even if you fall into a priority group, this does not guarantee that you will receive an award as applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
If your application is assessed to receive an award, we will write to you with details of how much you have been allocated and when you will be paid. Any award that you recieve will only ever be a contribution towards some of your essential costs. We also cannot always meet all of the costs that you might be applying for help with.
Successful applicants could receive an award ranging from £100 - £3,000, but the amount that they receive will always be based on their circumstances and how these fit into our assesssment guidance.
Unsuccessful applicants will receive £0, but may be offered information or guidance about alternative ways that they may be able to address their circumstances (including signposting to other funds where appropriate).
The fund has an annual limit which can not be exceeded, so unfortunately we cannot offer an award to every applicant. Approximately 70% of applicants do receive a payment. However, where financial support cannot be provided, we aim to offer guidance to help you address some of the issued that may be raised in your application.
Furthermore, as we assess every student individually, all awards are based on your own individual circumstances. As such, we cannot determine how much any student could receive until we receive their application and carry out our assessment.
If your application is assessed to receive an award we will write to you with details of how and when you will be paid.
Payments are usually made by BACs which is an electronic transfer of funds into a nominated bank account which must be in your name.
We will write to tell you when the money will be paid into your account. If your total award is over £500, this may be split into instalments. If this is the case, your award email will also contain information about any subsequent instalments that you can expect to receive.
Some payments may be paid directly to a third party with your agreement (for example to cover a specific cost e.g. rent paid directly to a landlord). In these cases, we will always seek permission from you first before making the payment. If you would like us to pay your award to a third party, this can be something that you can request at the point of application.
No - all awards from Day to Day Support are non-repayable.
You can contact us on 0161 247 1045 to request a review of your decision. You must ensure that you request a review within 2 working weeks of receiving your stage 3 decision email.
Once we have received your request for a review, the manager of our service will review your application, ensuring that no errors were made with the initial assessment and that the decision was in line with our asssessment guidance. They will also consider any new or additional information that you may wish to provide, so you may also be asked for further information to help inform the review.
You will receive an outcome of the review to your student email account within 4 working weeks of receiving your request. However, in most cases the timescales will be significantly shorter.
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your review, you may ask to appeal the decision which will be looked at by our head of department. Their decision will be final.
No - unless there has been a significant change in your circumstances.
Assessments for Day to Day Support look at your circumstances over the full academic year. Because of this, most students can only submit an application once per academic year. However, if there has been a significant change in your circumstances since your original application, or if you have experienced an unexpected event, you may be able to submit a 'Change of Circumstances' form to update your original application.
If you feel this could be appropriate, please contact us on 0161 247 1045 to discuss further. However, not all changes will affect the original outcome of the assessment and all changes will be considered using the operating guidelines of the fund.
If you have not had any changes in your circumstances but need to apply for additional financial support, we do also have other funds that might be more appropriate which are outlined below.
In most cases, students will recieve the first payment of their student loan and/or grant a few days after the start of term. If you are a new student, your first payment will normally be released within 3-5 working days of picking up your student ID card. For this reason, it is sensible to arrive at university with a cash buffer if you can to last you for the first few weeks whilst your payment is released to you.
However, in some cases, the first payment from the SLC is late. This can be for a number of reasons, perhaps your application is delayed, or you made a late application because you applied through clearing etc. For more information about why there may be delays to your loan, you can refer to our Top Tips about Student Finance.
If you are in a situation where delayed funding is causing financial difficulty then the Bridging Loan may be available for you. A Bridging Loan is an interest free, cash loan and aims to be a short-term solution to your funding delay.
A Bridging Loan may also be offered to other students in certain circumstances, including:
Bridging Loans may be considered in other circumstances at the manager’s discretion.
Any student enrolled on a course at Manchester Metropolitan University who has also applied for living cost support from Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland/SAAS can apply for a Bridging Loan.
Please note: New students must have collected their MMU ID card. In cases where a Bridging Loan is requested due to delays with Student Finance, we must also be satisfied that you are likely to be eligible for student finance for living costs.
Applications open on Monday 9th September 2019 and close on Friday 24th April 2020.
However, loans approved after the end of the Autumn term (i.e. after 13th December 2019) will normally only be offered on a discretionary basis, or for one of the specific reasons listed above (under 'What is a Bridging Loan?').
Bridging Loans are only offered face-to face, either via our drop-in service or during an appointment where we will conduct an informal interview to explore your circumstances and assess your eligibility.
Please bring your MMU student ID card with you to your interview. If you have child dependents, please also bring supporting information with you to confirm that you have children living with you e.g. child benefit letter, child tax credit award letter, universal credit award letter etc.
In term time: students should attend our drop-in service in the Business School Student Hub. If you wish to speak to a member of the team prior to attending the drop-in service e.g. to check eligibility, please contact our helpline on 0161 247 1045.
At peak times, the drop-in service can get very busy and there may be a short wait in the queue to be seen by an advisor. We also sometimes have to close early if a large number of students are still waiting to be seen towards the end of the day. For this reason, we recommend that students wishing to apply for a Bridging Loan visit drop-in as early in the day as possible.
Outside of term-time: students should contact our helpline on 0161 247 1045 where we will carry out a quick assessment of your circumstances. Depending on the outcome of our conversation, you may be offered an appointment.
Interviews for Bridging Loans normally take approximately 15 minutes, and you will be informed about the outcome by the end of the interview. However, at peak times, the drop-in service can get very busy and there may be a short wait in the queue to be seen by an advisor. We also sometimes have to close early if a large number of students are still waiting to be seen towards the end of the day. For this reason, we recommend that students wishing to apply for a Bridging Loan visit drop-in as early in the day as possible.
Students without children can apply for a Bridging Loan of up to £250. This amount is intended to be a contribution towards some of your basic essential living costs such as food and travel for a 4 week period. It's not intended to cover all your costs.
Some students may receive a loan of £125 which is intended to help with your basic essential living costs for 2 weeks.
Some students may receive a different amount (e.g. help with an Educational Psychologist Assessment is set at £100).
If you have children, the amounts that you can receive will be the same, but the period of time over which this is expected to last is different. See below for more information (under 'What if I have children?').
If you have children who are financially dependent on you, then you can still apply for a loan of £250, but this is intended to be a contribution towards some of your basic essential living costs such as food and travel for a 2 week period only.
You would need to provide a copy of your Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit award letter in order to qualify for this.
If you are successful, you will be notified about the outcome during your interview with Student Financial Support. You will then need to go and collect your loan from the Finance Service and Support Team on the 2nd floor of the All Saints building. You will be given instructions about how to collect your loan during the interview with Student Financial Support. Successful applicants will receive a cash payment.
We aim to pay eligible students on the same day. In some cases, where the interview is late in the day, students may need to return the next working day to collect the cash (for example, if the cash desk has closed by the time we have finished our interview).
Before you receive the loan, you will sign a loan agreement to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions of the loan, including that you agree to repay the loan within a specified timeframe. We will discuss repayment dates with you during your interview. You will also be issued with a copy of the loan agreement which will confirm the repayment dates.
Failure to repay the loan as agreed may result in the matter passed to the Collections and Recovery team who can recover the loan as a debt to the university.
We work with our colleagues in both the Finance Service and Support Team and the Collections and Recovery team to award and recover this loan.
In most cases, students will be asked to set up a 'Recurring Card Payment (RCP)' when they collect the loan. This will allow the University to automatically collect the loan on a pre-specified date that will be agreed during your loan appointment. If you have an RCP in place and you need to change your card details, please contact the Finance Service and Support Team so that they can update the RCP system. Alternatively, if you cannot pay by the pre-specified date of your RCP, please contact the Finance Service and Support Team to arrange an alternative payment date. You should also get in touch with Student Financial Support if you are unable to pay due to financial difficulties (see below under 'What should I do if I cannot repay the loan?').
In some cases, it may not be possible to set up an RCP. In these cases, students will need to repay manually. The quickest and easiest way to repay manually is online via this link. If you choose to repay online you should select Bridging Loan Repayments from the drop down menu listed Select Type. Alternatively, you can contact the Finance Service and Support Team for more information about how to repay manually.
In some cases, students may experience further issues that could result in difficulties with repaying the loan. In these cases, students should contact the following services:
1. If you have arranged a Recurring Card Payment to repay the loan, you should contact the Finance Service and Support Team to arrange an alternative payment date.
2. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you can contact Student Financial Support again to talk about whether you may be eligible for any alternative forms of financial support.
All students are encouraged to seek help from Student Financial Support or the Student Union Advice Centre if they have a money related problem. Please do not wait until you have very low funds before coming to seek money help and guidance.
However, it is recognised that some students may occasionally find themselves unable to afford the cost of food, essential hygeine products or other very essential items due to a lack of available funds. In exceptional circumstances where students have very low available funds, we may be able to offer short-term Crisis Support.
This short-term financial assistance is offered to give students time to:
Crisis Support cannot assist with day to day costs such as:
The focus of Crisis Support is to assist only with short-term welfare and safety whilst students seek specialist money advice. Crisis Support will not always be able to provide support to students until their next student loan, wages or welfare benefit payments (particularly when their next source of income is more than 4 weeks away).
Students requiring assistance with everyday living costs should be signposted to apply for Day to Day Support.
Any student registered and enrolled on a course at Manchester Metropolitan University in a money crisis and unable to meet immediate subsistence living costs by which we mean:
Students may also be able to apply in cases where they are unable to attend an essential event or opportunity due to having very low available funds, by which we mean:
Support due to an essential event/opportunity will be offered at the discretion of the Student Financial Support Manager.
Subject to availability of funds, Crisis Support is normally available all year round (including the summer vacation). However, depending on availability of funds, support may be limited to food vouchers only later in the year (particularly in the summer vacation).
Students should call our helpline on 0161 247 1045 or email email@example.com to enquire about this support. We will then send you an application form that will need to be completed online.
We aim to process applications for Crisis Support within 5 working days, although in most cases this time will be significantly less.
During the interview for Crisis Support, Student Financial Support staff will assess your eligibility and explore your circumstances. How much you receive will depend on a number of factors, including available funds, other sources of income and whether or not you have any child dependents. All awards are based on a maximum capped amount. As a guide, students could receive a maximum of up to £40 per week, up to a maximum of 4 weeks (with a slight uplift for students with children). However, this may be paid in food vouchers, cash or a combination of both. These amounts are also subject to availabilty of funds - adjustments may be made to the level of award at the manager’s discretion.
In most cases, you will also be signposted to other sources of specialist support where applicable. We may also signpost you to apply for additional funds where appropriate (including Day to Day Support).
You will also be signposted to apply to other funds where applicable.
If you are successful, you will be notified about your award via email. Any award will be paid into the nominated bank account that you provided on your application form via bank transfer.
No - all awards from Crisis Support are non-repayable.
Crisis Support is intended to offer one-off support to students who find themselves in a position where they have very low available funds and cannot afford the cost of food. It is not intended to be a regular or sustained source of income for any student and all students are expected to take the necessary steps to reduce the need to access Crisis Support again later in the year. These steps will normally be outlined during your interview for Crisis Support.
However, in some cases, we appreciate that other unexpected or exceptional events can happen which may lead you to needing Crisis Support for a second time. Whilst we cannot guarantee that we can offer any further Crisis Support, students are encouraged to contact our helpline on 0161 247 1045 to discuss their circumstances further. Once we have had a discussion, we will be able to determine whether or not we can offer any further support (or if another element of our Support Fund would be more appropriate).
Accommodation Fee Support Scheme
Students who wish to live in MMU student accommodation are required to pay £200 as a pre-payment of rent to complete the room booking.
However, some students are unable to afford this initial cost and therefore cannot secure their accommodation.
The Accommodation Fee Support Scheme is intended to help eligible students secure their room booking by assisting with the £200 pre-payment of rent.
Eligible applicants must:
They should also:
For the purposes of this fund, independent students should be under the age of 25 on 1st September 2020 and meet at least one of the following criteria:
If you meet any of the above criteria, you will need to provide evidence to confirm your status. To discuss our evidence requirements, please call us on 0161 247 1045.
If you do not meet the above critera, you will need to show that your household income is below the ‘relative low income threshold’ which is explained further below.
Each year, the Government publishes a survey of income poverty in the UK called Households Below Average Income (HBAI). This survey measures the net income from all sources for households in the UK. The ‘relative low income threshold’ is 60% of the median UK household income. In other words, if a household’s income is below this threshold, HBAI considers them to be living in poverty.
The most recent HBAI report, published in March 2019, measured income levels in 2017/18 and indicated that the relative low income threshold in that year was £15,808 per year. This figure applies to an adult couple without any children, so this threshold will be used as a guide in assessments for the AFSS, but it will be adjusted for different sized households. For example, the threshold will be lower for a single person, or higher if the household contains numerous children. If you would like to know the exact income threshold we would use for your circumstances, please call us on 0161 247 1045.
Application forms will be available between Monday 16th March 2020 and Friday 11th September 2020.
However, a limit of 25 awards will be available for students in the September 2020 intake, so applications will be handled on a first come first served basis.
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure that they are considered. However, all awards are paid from the university support fund which is discretionary - this means that awards are not guaranteed for any student.
Before applying for the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme, you would need to register your interest and select a room on the MMU accommodation portal. You can find more information about how to apply for MMU accommodation here.
Eventually, you will get to the point where you will be asked to pay £200 to finalise the booking. At this point, contact the Accommodation Team on 0161 247 2958 and let them know that you are applying for the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme. The Accommodation Team should then put a temporary hold on your application for halls whilst you seek support from the Student Financial Support Team.
Once you have selected a room and spoken to the Accommodation Team about your room booking, contact the Student Financial Support helpline on 0161 247 1045 to request an application form for the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme. We will then send you a form via email which will need to be completed and returned to us. The form will contain instructions about how to complete the form, so please read these carefully.
If you have submitted a complete application form and all the requested supporting information, you should be advised of the outcome within 7 working days.
If we need to request additional information from you, your application may be delayed.
Please note that the Student Financial Support team are not involved in the process of booking accommodation in any way, and we do not have any influence over the length of time that your application for halls is put on hold whilst your application is being processed for the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme. It is your responsibility to contact the Accommodation Team on 0161 247 2958 and let them know that you are applying for the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme so that they can put a hold on your application for accommodation.
All awards will be £200 only and will be paid to your accommodation account on your behalf. However, the Accommodation Team will also be notified about the outcome as soon as a decision is made, so this will allow you to progress with your room booking before the payment is actually made. One you have received your decision email, please contact the Accommodation Team on 0161 247 2958 to complete your application for accommodation.
No alternative payment arrangements are possible.
No – all awards from the Accommodation Fee Support Scheme are non-repayable.
Bursaries and Scholarships
In addition to the discretionary schemes listed above, the Student Financial Support Team also administer a number of targeted scholarships and bursaries aimed to support specific groups of students which are listed below.
The Estranged Student Bursary is provided in line with our Standalone Pledge to assist with living or accommodation costs over the long vacation for continuing students and to contribute toward the costs of graduation for final year students.
Applicants must be:
* Where a student is yet to be fully assessed as estranged by their funder but the Student Financial Support manager is satisfied that the evidence provided indicates a student is likely to meet the regulatory requirements, the Estranged Student Bursary may be awarded at the managers discretion .
Applicants must demonstrate that their estranged student status has been accepted by their Student Funding body for the academic year and be able to submit evidence to support this.
Forms will be made available from Monday 6th January 2020. Students who are eligible should automatically receive an application form via their student email account. If you are not sent a form automaticaly and wish to apply for this bursary please contact us after 6th January to request an application form. Applications must be received by Friday 3rd April 2020.
Awards will be made in June 2020.
MMU is committed to providing Care Leavers with as much support as possible whilst at University.
Care leavers at MMU can apply for an additional cash bursary of £1000 in 2019/20. If you wish to apply for this bursary please contact us to request an application form. You will be asked to submit documentary evidence to confirm your care leaver status with this form and you must submit the form by Friday 29th May 2020.
Applicants must be:
Please note the amount of bursary paid or the terms and conditions are subject to change. Any such changes will be announced on these pages.
The DSA Reimbursement Bursary offers a full or partial reimbursement to eligible students who have needed to contribute £200 towards the cost of a computer that was recommended through a DSA needs assessment.
Eligible students are as follows:
*If you cannot pay the £200 contribution up-front, you cannot apply to this scheme as it is intended to be a reimbursement. However, if you are struggling to cover the up-front cost, please contact us to ask about other support that may be available.
The following groups of students are not eligible to apply to the DSA reimbursement scheme:
Disability Services are responsible for checking the potential applicants meet the above eligibility criteria and for issuing application forms. Awards are based on a student’s Household Income (HHI) as follows:
|£25,000 or less||£200|
|£25,000 or less||£200|
The Educational Psychology Assessment Bursary (EPAB) supports students who must attend an educational psychologist assessment. The total cost of the test is £265. Students are expected to contribute £100 towards the cost of the test, but the EPAB covers the remaining £165 for eligible students.
To be eligible for the £165 contribution to be paid, students must be:
Disability Services are responsible for checking that potential applicants meet the above eligibility criteria. Once eligibility has been confirmed, the £165 will be paid directly to the educational phycholoist on your behalf to allow you to attend the assessment.
If you are struggling to pay the £100 expected student contribution due to financial difficulty, please contact the Student Financial Support helpline on 0161 247 1045 to discuss your options.
Manchester Metropolitan University offers the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which is classified as a ‘Further Education’ course.
Our university is allocated funds by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to help support students on this course. These funds are administered by Student Financial Support.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for support, all applicants must be:
Any eligible student can apply for financial assistance. Applications will be assessed in line with the fund eligibility requirements with reference to published guidance from the ESFA.
16-19 Bursary Fund Students in most cases must be must:
Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Students must be:
How can I apply?
Contact Student Financial Support on 0161 247 1045 and request an application form. We will also normally email eligible students at the start of the year, so check your emails for a notification from us.
Applications are accepted between 16th September 2019 to Friday 15th May 2020.
How long will my assessment?
We aim to assess your application within 14 working days of receiving a complete application and all supporting information.
We will acknowledge receipt of the application and notify you of the outcome of the assessment by email to your MMU email address.
How much is the award?
Awards will depend on the volume of applications received during the academic year, and how much funding we are allocated by the ESFA. The amount that each student receives will also depend on their own circumstances. However, in all cases, awards will only ever be a contribution towards some of your essential course related costs and is unlikely sufficient to cover your total living costs for the full academic year.
This scholarship was established in memory of Manchester Metropolitan University graduate Neelam Aggarwal to help undergraduate students achieve their academic ambitions at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The scholarship is administered on behalf of the Development and Alumni Relations team.
How can I apply?
When can I apply?
Applications for the Neelam Aggarwal Scholarship will open on 7 October 2019 and close on 29 November 2019.
When will I know if my application has been successful?
You will be notified about the outcome of your application by email to your University student email account on 31st January 2020.
Where can I find more information?
For further information, please visit the Development and Alumni Relations website, or contact or helpline on 0161 247 1045.