Worried about money over the summer? The summer fund may be able to help!

If you are worried about money over the summer? The summer fund may be able to help you. Additional funding from the University is available to support continuing students over the summer break.

The past academic year has been difficult for many of us. The Covid-19 pandemic and the implications from it have had a significant impact. If you’re worried about your finances during the summer (10 July to 18 September 2021), you might be eligible for help from the Summer Fund (Eligibility criteria apply).

Don’t wait until you have run out of money, the deadline is Friday 9 July 2021, so apply now!  

Funds are limited and there is no guarantee that you will receive an award, but you won’t know unless you apply.

To be eligible to apply for the Summer Fund, you must:

  • Be a UK (‘Home’) student*,
  • Be enrolled on a University of Northampton course (paying your tuition fees to the University of Northampton)
  • Have taken your full entitlement of statutory funding in 2020/21 from Student Finance England (or your regional funding authority) and/or NHS or the Learning Support Fund,  
  • And be continuing on your course in 2021/22!

(Other eligibility criteria may apply).

*EU Tuition Fee only students please see EU Summer Fund below.

We especially encourage applications from the following groups of students:

  • Lone parents,
  • Those who are care leavers or estranged,
  • Those who have ill health/disabilities,
  • Those with caring responsibilities,
  • Those enrolled on courses which run throughout the full year (i.e. health courses, intensive courses, etc)

However, you do not need to meet any of the categories above to apply.

Please complete the application form(including all relevant sections) and send it to us at fgapplications@northampton.ac.uk with your supporting evidence (PDF copies only) before the deadline.

I applied for the Financial Assistance Fund earlier this year, can I apply for the Summer Fund?

If you have already applied to the Financial Assistance Fund in 2020/21 and are due to continue on your course in 2021/22, we will send you a shorter Summer Fund form to complete.

If you have already applied to the Fund and are enrolled on a long course such as BSc Nursing, BSc Paramedic Science, etc, you will not usually need to complete a new Summer Fund application as you will usually have already been assessed over a 52 week period.

For further clarification, please contact the Financial Guidance team.

I am a final year student, can I apply?

Unfortunately, final year students are usually ineligible to apply to the Summer Fund, unless you are extending your course or repeating some of your study in the 2021/22 academic year. To apply to the Summer Fund, please complete the application form and provide evidence that you are continuing your studies.

Help us to help you.

Gathering together evidence may take time, but you should have all the information required to hand, please see our FAF – get it right first time information sheet for further guidance.  Please be aware that the team can only accept supporting evidence in a PDF format, and assessment of your application will be delayed if we need to request further information.

Please note: The Fund is limited and awards will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Receiving an award from the fund is not guaranteed.

Don’t delay, apply today!

For further information about the Financial Assistance Fund Summer Fund, visit the Financial Assistance Fund section of the Student Hub.

What about students from the European Union?

If you’re from the EU (and have applied for a Tuition fee loan from Student Finance Services or a Postgraduate loan from Student Finance England), you may be eligible to apply for the EU Summer Hardship Fund (eligibility criteria apply).  For further information about the EU Hardship Summer Fund, click here.

Other funding support is still available!

Additional support may also be available to students applying for a diagnostic test and/or paying a contribution towards DSA-recommended equipment, from a care background, foyer or estranged students, or responsible for the care of a relative due to disability or illness (eligibility criteria applies).  

The final deadline for applications and supporting evidence is 9 July 2021, subject to funds remaining available.

Reapply now for your funding for 2021/22.

If you haven’t already done so, reapply now for your student funding ready for 2021/22. The SFE deadline for continuing student applications is 25 June 2021; reapply by this date to ensure you have your money paid on time for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Get in touch.

If you have any queries about applying to our Funds, please get in touch by emailing fgapplications@northampton.ac.uk.

For general student money related queries, please email money@northampton.ac.uk.

How to submit supporting evidence to the Financial Guidance Team using OneDrive.

1. Login to OneDrive using your University of Northampton sign in details. (These are the same details you use to access NILE). Here is the link to the OneDrive login page.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive sign in page.

2. Create a folder on your University of Northampton One Drive account and name it appropriately.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive creation of a new folder.

3. Upload all the documents that you need to provide to this folder. Make sure you name all the corresponding documents correctly with a relevant name. Such as David Lewis – Monzo Current Account – 1234 – May 2021. (By naming your documents correctly and fully, it will allow for the Financial Guidance Team to be able to process and review your evidence quicker). If possible, convert all of your documentation to PDFs as it ensures that it will not change format or formatting when opened on another computer.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive files inside a folder, The files are name in regards to the name and the corresponding documentations.

4. When you have uploaded and appropriately named your required documents to the folder. It is time to share the folder with the Financial Guidance Team so we can access your supporting evidence. To do this you need to go back to the ‘My Files’ section of you OneDrive and click on the icon next to you folders name which shows and arrow leaving a folder.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive My Files page. This also shows how to send a link by clicking on the send link image to the right of the file name.

5. This will take you to the send link menu, where you can determine how you want to share the folder with the Financial Guidance Team. We recommend using the ‘Copy Link’ function as it allows you to send from your email provider of choice.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive send link pop up.
A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive

6. Make sure to set your link settings to ‘People in The University of Northampton with the link can view.’ If it is not automatically set to that, you can can change it by clicking the arrow to the left of whom it is sent to. You will then get a menu where you can select the relevant option and click apply.

A screen grab showing the Microsoft OneDrive send link pop up and how to change the link settings to reflect to who you want to share the link with.

7. You will then want to click on the copy link icon. This will create a URL link which you will be able to copy and share.

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8. All you finally need to do, is create your email to copy you link into. Please include your student number and what you are providing the supporting documentation for.

A screen grab showing a drafted email to the FG Applications email with the body of text containing the link to a shared OneDrive file.

If you have any more questions about the submission of supporting documentation, please contact the Financial Guidance Team.

Financial Support Available to you!

We know that in these unprecedented times you might be concerned about your finances and looking at additional funding options. We’ve compiled all the information that you will need about the additional funding you can apply for through the University’s Financial Guidance Team in one blog post for you.

Financial Assistance Fund

If you’re a UK / ‘Home’ student, you can still apply to the Financial Assistance Fund for support until the end of May. Please don’t wait until you have run out of money to apply to the Financial Assistance Fund, apply now.       

If you’re worried because your loan, grant or bursary doesn’t cover your everyday living and course costs, then apply now to the Fund. We will compare your income and your expenditure (including any changes of circumstances) over the academic year and see if you show a shortfall.         

If you are eligible, awards made range from £100 to a maximum of £4,500 and you will not usually have to pay this money back! There is no guarantee that you will receive an award, but you won’t know unless you apply.  

For those wanting to apply for financial support over the summer period only, the team hope to have the summer fund open from June, further details will be on the website when this is available.

Please note: The Fund is limited and awards will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Receiving an award from the fund is not guaranteed

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Financial Assistance Fund, you must:

  • Be a UK (‘Home’) student.
  • Be enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate University of Northampton course for the current academic year.
  • Have taken your full entitlement of statutory funding (including maintenance loans) in the current academic year, from Student Finance England/ Student Finance Wales/ Student Finance Northern Ireland/ Student Awards Agency for Scotland and/or NHS funding (NHS Learning Support Fund for new healthcare students).

You can find the full list of eligibility criteria on the Financial Assistance Fund page.

To apply, you must complete the Financial Assistance Fund application form (including all relevant sections) and send it to us with your supporting evidence (PDF format only). The deadline for applications is the end of May, and further information to support your application can be accepted until the start of July, subject to funds remaining available.

Help us to help you.

We appreciate that gathering evidence for your application may take time, however you should have all the information required already. For most applications, the most time-consuming part is gathering copies of bank statements. To help us assess your application quickly and to avoid us asking for further information, please refer to the list of supporting evidence on the application form. Below we have listed some top tips:

  • Remember to include a copy of 3 months bank statements for all accounts held by you (and for your partner if you have one). You may have many accounts, some you may use often and others that you don’t use as much (such as savings accounts), the team need to have a copy of bank statements for all accounts held
  • Ensure the bank statements clearly show your account name, account number and sort code details, so that we can identify the account as yours. If your statement doesn’t show all these details, you may need to submit further information which shows this.  
  • If you have any transfers to other accounts, please ensure these transfers are explained and ensure you have provided the team with a copy of the bank statements for these accounts.  

If your application is missing any evidence, the team will request this by email and this will delay the assessment of your application.

Additional support available to you.

You might also be eligible to apply for additional financial support through the Financial Assistance Fund for the following:

EU Students

If you’re from the EU (and have applied for a Tuition fee loan from Student Finance Services or a Masters loan from Student Finance England), you may be eligible to apply for the EU Hardship Fund instead (eligibility criteria apply).

The deadline for applications and supporting evidence is the start of July, subject to funds remaining available.

University Mental Health Day 2021 – Money and Mental Heath.

University Mental Health Day is a significant day throughout Universities in the UK. For many, this past year of Covid-19 and its restrictions has had a significant impact on their Mental Health. One element that can have a significant impact on an individual’s Mental Health is their financial situation.

For anyone struggling financially, be it because their Student Loan isn’t stretching far enough, they’ve faced redundancy, been placed on Furlough because of the Covid-19 Pandemic or they have been unable to find work , this can make the management of their money considerably harder. For individuals with money worries – this can make their mental health worse. It is somewhat of a vicious cycle.

Flow chart diagram showing a circular flow between 'Poor mental health means managing money is harder' and 'Worry about money makes my mental health worse'.
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Many students would usually find work within the hospitality sector such as local pubs, bars, restaurants and night clubs or within the retail sector, as this often fits alongside their studies. With  these areas having been impacted massively during the Covid-19 pandemic – with some areas not expected to re-open until the middle of June, this has had a huge impact on the options available to students. In yesterday’s budget announcement, it was announced that the Furlough scheme would be extended until September, so many may face the continuation of life on 80% of their normal income but still having to balance this against their usual living costs.

However, for those who have not been on furlough and may have lost their jobs or not been able to find work at all, University life may have been very challenging over these last few months.

With so many 18-24 year olds facing a loss of employment and many of those being University students,having an understanding of how your finances can impact your Mental Health and being aware of the support available to you, is vital.

Many individuals who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health, may feel anxious and isolated (especially so within the current climate) and may find the management of their finances challenging. However, the University of Northampton have a Counselling and Mental Health Team and Financial Guidance Team who are here to provide information and support to help you.  You can find out more about the Counselling and Mental Health Team here:

Find out more about University Mental Health Day here:

Please find below more information about the  financial assistance and support offered by the University.

Hardship funds

The University of Northampton has recently received funding from the Office for Students (OfS) to help students who are struggling financially due to the impact of Covid-19. There are two funds currently available to  students at the University of Northampton, which are:

  1.  The Office for Students (OfS) Covid-19 Hardship Fund
  2. The Office for Students (OfS) Accommodation Hardship Fund

Both funds offer support of up to £500 per student and you can apply for both if you meet the eligibility criteria.  To find out more and to apply for these funds, please visit the Finances section of the Student hub or click the buttons bellow.

The Financial Guidance Team also offers other funds such as the Financial Assistance Fund and EU Hardship Fund. They also have funds to support Care Leaver/Foyer/Estranged Students, a Carers Award, financial support for those who require a diagnostic assessment as part of their DSA application and a DSA top-up support (eligibility criteria apply). The team also has a partnership with the local Citizens Advice office who can offer advice and information for those with complex queries.

Student Finance – Home and EU Students*

The majority of Home and EU students at the University of Northampton receive some level of funding from Student Finance  (dependent on their home region). For some, their eligibility for funding  may have potentially changed with current circumstances, if you have had a change in circumstances and need to find out more about how this may impact on you, you may wish to contact your funding provider directly, please find details below:

Student Finance England

NHS Student Bursaries Team

Student Awards Agency for Scotland

Student Finance Northern Ireland

Student Finance Wales

*Those whose course started within the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Students experiencing mental health difficulties may be eligible for DSA. Students experiencing mental health difficulties may not identify as disabled; however, for many experiencing mental health difficulties, it can be disabling and have an impact on your access to education.

For more information about DSA, the eligibility criteria  and how to apply, please click here:  

Money management and Mental Health go hand in hand. If you have any questions about any of the above funding or want to find out more email money@northampton.ac.uk.

A Covid -19 Accommodation Hardship Fund is now available for all eligible University of Northampton Students.

The University of Northampton has received money from the Office for Students (OfS) to help support students who are struggling with the costs of their student accommodation, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The University of Northampton Financial Guidance Team have therefore set up a new Accommodation Hardship Fund.

The Office for Students (OfS) Accommodation Hardship Fund can offer support to students who are renting student accommodation (both University Halls of Residence or Private Sector accommodation) and who are facing financial hardship because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

To be eligible to apply for this fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be enrolled on a University of Northampton Higher Education course. The Fund will be available to all Home, EU and International Students who are enrolled on a full-time or part-time, Undergraduate or Postgraduate course or studying with a University of Northampton Sub-Contract partner.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have student accommodation costs to pay. The Fund is aimed at those who cannot live at home and are currently living in University of Northampton Halls of Residence or Private Sector student accommodation OR those who are currently living at home but are still paying rent for student accommodation.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you are in financial hardship. This could be a loss of an income stream which you rely on, such as a loss of employment or reduced working hours/furlough, you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or have incurred additional costs due to Covid-19 and have access to limited funds. You will need to provide copies of your bank statements to demonstrate your access to limited funds.
  • You cannot apply for this fund if you have applied for and are eligible to receive a rent rebate on your rental contract with the University of Northampton Halls of Residence. All applications will be checked with the Accommodation Team.
  • You cannot apply for this fund if you are living in your own home (mortgage or renting) and are therefore not paying additional rent for student accommodation.

Please be aware that the OfS Accommodation Hardship Fund is limited and applications will be processed in date order by the Financial Guidance Team. Awards are restricted to one per student; up to a maximum award of £500.

To apply for the OfS Accommodation Hardship Fund you must complete the online application form which you can find on the Student Hub:

For further information about this fund and other funds offered by the Financial Guidance Team, please visit the Finances pages!

To allow the team to process your application as quickly as possible, please ensure you have provided all your supporting documents. This includes a copy of your tenancy agreement as well as a copy of bank statements for ALL the accounts held by you as well as any other supporting evidence that can help your application.

Many students are failing to submit all their bank statements, which means we need to ask for further information and results in a delay with your assessment. Please help us to help you, by providing all your information when you submit your application.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 17 March 2021. All application forms and any supporting evidence must be received by this date and will not be accepted after this date.

The team have already received a large number of applications. Funds are limited, so please be aware that funds could be fully allocated before the deadline date is reached.

If you would like to find out more about this fund or other support offered by the University, please visit the University of Northampton Finances page:

A Covid-19 Hardship Fund is now available for all eligible University of Northampton Students.

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the entirety of the world. The financial implications of such have been felt by many, but especially by University Students. With many students struggling with the loss of part time work, being placed on a reduced income because of furlough and the increased expenditures that often come with being at home.  

The University of Northampton have received additional funds from the Office for Students (OfS) to support students through this extremely difficult and uncertain time. The OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund, is available to all students studying at the University of Northampton, to support those who are facing financial hardship as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund can offer short term support only, with its intended purpose to be a contribution towards essential costs for those who have had a reduction in earnings or have lost their income, or those who have additional costs due to the result of the current pandemic. The Financial Guidance team will not consider requests for support towards the cost of fines issued by the University or the Police as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Fund will be available to all University of Northampton Home, EU and International students who are enrolled on a full-time or part-time, Undergraduate or Postgraduate course or studying with a University of Northampton Sub-Contract partner. Please be aware that the OfS Covid-19 Hardship Fund is limited and applications will be processed in date order by the Financial Guidance Team. 

The awards available will be capped as follows: 

  • ‘Home’/UK students without dependents: £300 
  • ‘Home’/UK students with dependents: £500 
  • EU students who are eligible to receive the Tuition Fee Loan support only/International Students: £500 

To apply for the OfS Covid-19 Hardship fund, please complete the application which can be found on the Student Hub: 

The deadline for all applications is Wednesday 17th March 2021. The Financial Guidance Team will not be able to accept any applications submitted after this date. Please be aware that funds are limited and may be fully allocated before this deadline date. 

The Financial Guidance team have created a Frequently Asked Questions document, which can be found here:

Coronavirus and student finance – FAQs

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed everyday life dramatically – it’s a very confusing and anxious time for many, and although the primary focus is health, there is likely to be an impact on money too. 

However, we have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions which can help if you have any queries about finances during this time.

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Money FAQs for beginning of term 2019/20

At the start of term, the Financial Guidance team receive many queries relating to student finance and funding. Here is a list of the most typical questions – and answers – to help you while you study with us.

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Welcome to University (2019/20)

Welcome to the University of Northampton! Whether you’re a new or returning student, we hope you have a fantastic experience studying with us at Waterside. Money can be a cause of concern for students, but the Financial Guidance team are here to help; here is our checklist to help you get into good habits early when managing your money:

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Five ways to get financially ready for university!

Whether you are starting university for the first time or continuing on your course this Autumn, there are several simple ways in which you can manage your finances more effectively– so you can focus on your studies and enjoy the opportunities university offers, rather than worrying about money!

Even if you struggled with money last year, it’s not too late to start afresh for the upcoming year – all it takes is a little time dedicated to planning ahead.  

Here are our five ways to get ready financially for university:

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