Student funding advice

Money issues can quickly get on top of you, we’re on hand to help with any issues you’re having, so please never be afraid to ask. We’ll treat your enquiry with the utmost respect and total confidence.

University hardship fund

Support when you need it

Students who are experiencing financial hardship can apply to the University Hardship Fund. If you have children, are a mature student with existing financial commitments, are from a low-income family, were previously in care, are homeless or have other financial difficulties you may be eligible for an award from the fund. 
All applications will be means tested and payments will usually be made in installments. Students can apply to the fund once they are fully registered at the University.
The University Hardship Fund application form and guidance notes are available from the Student Funding Advice section of The Student Handbook, hard copies from the Information Hub or to request a copy to be emailed please contact

Student Finance

Help with tuition fees and living costs

You may be able to borrow money to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs. Please visit our Fees and Funding webpage for further information regarding tuition fees, student finance loans and other types of funding.

If you have any issues with applying for your student finance or want to check that you are receiving all that you are entitled to please contact for help and advice.


The UK benefits system

If you are in of receipt benefits you must inform your benefits provider/s of your upcoming change in circumstances prior to starting at university and provide them with your finalised Student Finance Entitlement summary detailing what funding you will be in receipt of for them to reassess your entitlement.
Make sure that the Student Finance entitlement letter that you provide includes the DWP disregard statement.

Further information regarding Universal Credits and students is available here.

For details regarding other benefits please visit the following websites: Gov.UK , Citizens Advice , Job Centre Plus

If you need any further guidance with this or think you have been assessed incorrectly please contact the Student Funding Adviser in Student Support: / 01752 636891



Keeping it under control

When you’re a student, building up debt is often an inevitability, but it should always be manageable. It’s important to make informed decisions and keep your finances under control while you study so that you’re not distracted from your studies.
If you’re worried about debt while you’re studying, Step Change Debt Charity offers invaluable advice to students about managing their money. Plus their Debt Remedy service can help you get things back on track if you feel like debt is taking over. 
If you would like any further support or advice regarding debts (including help setting up a managable budget plan and signposting to relevant debt support organisations) please contact


Helping you juggle it all

Quite often, people decide to go to university once they’ve already had children, but the financial hurdles can make it seem impossible. We don’t want this to stop you. We have plenty of recommendations for great childcare providers, including the superb Flying Start nursery which is based on campus in a purpose-built building. There are tonnes of other childcare options within Plymouth: visit the Plymouth City Council or GOV UK sites to find out more.
We know that childcare can get expensive so, providing you qualify for financial assistance, we may be able to help. You could be eligible for the Childcare Grant, the Parents’ Learning Allowance (to help with books, material and travel), the University Hardship Fund (if you’re having financial difficulties), and Child Tax Credits.
If you have any questions about balancing childcare with your studies, we’re on hand to help.