International Leeds Hardship Fund

The primary purpose of the International Leeds Hardship Fund (ILHF) is to assist students facing particular financial hardship to continue to participate in Higher Education and reach a successful outcome and completion of the academic year.

The Fund will provide support, on a case-by-case basis, for students who face unexpected financial hardship which puts continuation on their programme at risk, and where they have no access to alternative sources of financial support.

The Fund is intended primarily to assist students personally and not their dependants. It is expected that students will have made provision for any dependants. The Fund may provide support, on a case-by-case basis, for students who face unexpected financial hardship which puts continuation on their programme at risk, and where they have no access to alternative sources of financial support.

The Fund cannot be used to meet the cost of tuition fees. 

Where students are impacted by extreme world events, such as natural disaster, invasion or civil war a separate process will be considered by the University of Leeds.

The Fund cannot not be used as a principal source of funding. You will be expected to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds to complete the course at the start of your study, that sufficient funding remained in place at the start of the current academic year, and that you now face an unexpected financial crisis that could not have been reasonably foreseen.

Eligibility

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

· Be registered on a Higher Education course at the University of Leeds

· Be ineligible for UK student maintenance funding on residency grounds

· Have started the course with sufficient funding for yourself and any dependants living with you. This includes academic fees and living costs

· Have accessed all other available sources of funding before applying to the Fund

· Not have had Tier 4 sponsorship withdrawn*

*Students sponsored by the University of Leeds as Tier 4 students will not be eligible for assistance from the Fund if their Tier 4 Sponsorship is temporarily or permanently withdrawn.  Any student needing immigration permission to be in the UK will not be eligible if that permission expires or is curtailed by the UK Home Office.

You will need to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds to complete the academic year at the start of the year, and that you now face an unexpected financial crisis that could not have been reasonably foreseen.

How to apply

Contact Leeds University Union Help & Support (LUUH&S) to make an initial enquiry about applying to the Fund. You can visit LUUH&S in the foyer of the Student Union building, or contact them on 0113 3801 400 or helpandsupport@luu.leeds.ac.uk. Your case will be reviewed by an LUU advisor. If, following the review it is determined that your case meets the ILHF eligibility criteria, you will be supported by LUUA to complete the application form and gather the necessary evidence. Your application will then be forwarded to Funding for assessment.

Evidence Required

· 3 months’ bank statements for you and your partner (if applicable)

· Evidence of initial funding for the duration of the course

· Evidence of all income/savings/wages/benefits - Including the three most recent payslips for you and your partner (if applicable)

· Rent or mortgage contract

· Evidence of essential expenditure e.g. housing, childcare

· Leeds University Union Help & Support supporting statement

 

  • A supporting statement from your School 

 

Contact the Funding team if you need help about the evidence required or get advice from Leeds University Union Help & Support in the Leeds University Union building.

When to apply

You can apply at any time in the academic year, but no later than the last day of your personal academic year.

If your course has a long summer vacation you would be expected to fund the vacation period by working. If you are unable to work e.g. due to illness, we may be able to accept an application during the vacation period.

If there is a further significant change in your financial circumstances in the same academic year, you can ask for your application to be reassessed.

How you are assessed

An assessment of your income and expenditure for the academic year will determine whether or not you had made adequate financial provision for living costs and tuition fees costs, regardless of your current circumstances. If your financial provision is assessed as being inadequate, your application may be unsuccessful.  If you are assessed as having made such provision, you will then need to demonstrate a change in your finances to be considered for an award. The change must be one that could not have been reasonably foreseen.

If there is an acceptable change in financial provision, then a further income and expenditure assessment will be carried out to determine your financial need.

The assessment period will cover the date the complete application is received, until the end of your own personal academic year.

Income

Please tell us about any bursaries and scholarships, financial contributions from family or other sources and earnings from paid work.

Any money held in bank accounts and savings accounts will be considered when calculating an award.

Expenditure

We apply a set expenditure level, based on state benefit rates, for general living costs: for example, food, utilities, contents insurance, clothes, TV licence, entertainment, and gym membership. For 2020/21 general living costs are £84 a week for single students.

Course-related costs such as books, printing, study materials field trips are capped at £462 per year for full-time students. Course-related travel and childcare are included separately.

Evidenced costs associated with specific learning disability diagnostic test costs will be included as a distinct cost within the overall assessment.

Any other expenditure you consider essential should be included on the application form.

When we assess your application, the Funding team may require further information and evidence. If this is the case, we will contact you at your University email address, so please check your email to ensure your assessment is not delayed.

Decisions

The application will be assessed within four working weeks of the date you submit your completed application. Once the Panel have made a decision it will be immediately communicated to you.

Please note that this decision is final.