About the Fund

  • Are you a registered Full-time/Part-time Undergraduate/Postgraduate Ulster University Student (studying at least 30 credits)?
  • Have you taken your maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans & Grants available?
  • Then you can apply for Financial Support - simply follow the steps provided below.
  • Additional funds have been made available through the Department for the Economy for those students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are in genuine financial hardship.

Remote Study Support

If purchasing a laptop is required in order to complete remote study, and you can evidence that this would put you into financial difficulties, follow the steps below to apply for financial support.

Please note that awards may not cover the full price of equipment required. If you have any queries, please contact our team directly at sma@ulster.ac.uk.

Steps to apply

  1. About the fund
  2. Documentary evidence required
  3. Apply for the fund


  • You must be a registered UK student undertaking a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at Ulster University. This includes sandwich courses, but excludes year out.
  • Full time students - you must have taken your full student maintenance loan and tuition fee loan, or provide evidence that you are not eligible (where applicable).
  • Part time students - you must be studying at least 25% (30 credit points) of a full-time equivalent course and must have taken your full tuition fee grant and/or loan, or provide evidence that you are not eligible (where applicable).
  • You must show, with supporting documentation that you have made arrangements for payment of tuition fees (if not eligible for funding) and daily living costs.
  • You must provide evidence that you have exhausted all other sources of income, for example, student overdraft, student loans, grants, bursaries, benefits, assistance from family, savings and part time earnings.
  • Applications cannot be accepted from those showing evidence of gambling/betting or excessive spending.
  • We will only accept one application from you in the academic year (unless otherwise advertised)
  • All students applying for financial support will need to complete a Mind your Money workshop. A digital workshop and worksheet will be emailed to you once you have submitted your application. We want to empower our students with the knowledge and awareness to help you better manage your money, both during university and after you graduate.
  • Applications are assessed based on a shortfall between income & expenditure, and any savings will be offset against credit balances, eg. student overdraft/credit card.

Please note: the fund cannot be used to meet the cost of tuition fees.

Receiving an award

If you receive an award:

  • this will be a one-off payment made directly to your UK bank account (unless otherwise agreed)
  • it is YOUR responsibility to put stringent measures in place to avoid the same situation occurring again. If you need further guidance on this, you can meet with a member to our team
  • successful applicants should be advised that payments from the fund may have implications for your entitlement to social security benefits, please check with your social security office for more information