Support funds for students financially impacted by COVID-19

We’re committed to supporting all of our students to complete and succeed in their studies, and we know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some of our students to find themselves in financial difficulty.

We’ve launched two new support funds that could help you if you’ve been financially impacted by the pandemic, depending on your circumstances and need: the COVID-19 Financial Support Fund and the Ruskin Support Fund.

How can the COVID-19 Financial Support Fund help?

The fund can help if you’re having issues accessing teaching online. For example:

  • If you’re finding it hard to access your studies because you don’t have a suitable laptop or peripherals (including a monitor, printer etc)
  • If you don’t have access to broadband or a suitable data package.

The fund can help if your income has been affected. For example:

  • If you’ve been made redundant
  • If your earnings have been significantly impacted by COVID-19

It can also help in certain circumstances if you’re struggling to afford your accommodation costs.

Find out if you’re eligible to apply for a non-repayable grant from the COVID-19 Financial Support Fund.

How can the Ruskin Support Fund help?

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many students financial difficulties, but that this has particularly impacted some of our more vulnerable students, including:

  • Care leavers (aged 25 or under)
  • Students estranged from their parents (aged 24 or under)
  • Students who are parents themselves and in receipt of income related benefits such as Housing Benefit or Universal Credit
  • Carers
  • Disabled students

Find out if you’re eligible for a non-repayable grant from the Ruskin Support Fund.

Find out more and check your eligibility for all of the ARU support funds.