Dennis Turner Hardship Fund

Is open for applications

The Dennis Turner Hardship Fund can be accessed* by any students, home or international, who are struggling to make ends meet.  The fund is not classed as public money and does not affect the visa status of international students. These hardship funds are non-repayable, and can provide a short-term solution to students in this position.  Processing timescales can be from 2 to 4 working weeks, depending on volume of applications**.

The hardship fund reopens every academic year and remains open until mid-July, or until the fund is depleted. 

*Apprenticeship students, those studying Stand Alone modules, Distance Learners (as stated in the actual course title) and TNE (International students who are studying in their home country) are not eligible

** These processing times are also dependant upon correct completion of form and provision of all relevant evidence. 

Please note that it clearly shows a confirmation message upon submission and will send you a confirmation email to the email address registered on your e:Vision account.

For a more in depth explanation of the evidence you may need to supply, incuding tips on how to do this, please see our What evidence is required? page.

Please note - hardship funds cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

See the Hardship Fund FAQs below for more information about how to apply. 

Funding Surgeries

Are you repeating a year?

Do you need support with sorting out your funding?

If you will not be progressing on your course as expected next year, you’ll need to adjust your student loan application with Student Finance England (SFE).

The Student Funding Team, together with the SU are running drop-in Funding Surgeries to give you support and advice with your SFE application, and to answer any queries you have about funding and finance.

A member of the Employability team will also be on hand, who can talk to you about finding part-time employment, if you are looking to boost your income.

20 - 24  June (10am – 4pm)
8 - 12  August (10am – 4pm)

Harrison Library, ground floor
No booking required!

If you are unable to attend a surgery and have queries regarding your funding, email the Student Funding Team at Money@wlv.ac.uk.

Hardship Fund FAQs

All current (i.e. enrolled) students, home and international, including those studying at partner institutions are eligible to apply for the hardship fund.

UK/Home Students can apply to the Hardship Fund if you:

  • have taken up and are in receipt of all statutory support that is available i.e. Maintenance Loan/Tuition Fee Loan/NHS Bursary 
  • Postgraduate students must have paid, or made arrangements to pay, their tuition fees. 


International and EU Students

You should have made provisions to pay your tuition fees and cover basic living costs before you commenced your studies if it is a condition of your visa. 

You can apply to the Hardship Fund if you have had a significant change in circumstances since enrolling on the course, and are struggling to cope financially. Applying for the Hardship Fund does not affect your visa status.

 

Who is not eligible?

  • Unfortunately, the fund is for current students only and cannot support students who are pre-entry, those on apprenticeships, TNE courses, or stand-alone modules.
  • University funding and bursaries cannot help towards your tuition fees.

 To request to negotiate a payment plan for your tuition fees, please contact incomesections@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

The fund opens from October and closes at the end of April every year, or until the funds are depleted, whichever is the sooner.

When the fund is open, you can apply via e:Vision.  

  1. Click on the My Finance button on your Homepage
  2. Click on Scholarships and Bursaries
  3. Click on Apply or upload evidence for the Dennis Turner Fund

Then choose which fund you are applying for from the drop-down list, e.g. "Assessment based on Financial Hardship"

Please make sure you have all relevant evidence saved and ready to upload in the correct format (pdf or word document only) before you apply. 

For a more in depth explanation of the evidence you may need to supply, incuding tips on how to do this, please see our What evidence is required? page.

Please note - hardship funds cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

Help and support for applying can be found via:

Please note: your application is not complete until all supporting evidence has been received.

When we allocate awards, we are asked to give priority to the following groups:

  • Students with children
  • Disabled students (especially where DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
  • Students who have entered higher education from care for the period of time spanning their 16th birthday (regardless of age now)
  • Students who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family
  • Students from Foyers or who are homeless
  • Students from low income families
  • Students receiving the final year loan rate 
  • Students who's courses have additional costs (for example, final year Arts students have to buy materials for their "show")
  • Students who suffer unforeseen change of circumstances during their studies

If you are not in one of the priority groups you can still apply but you must provide as much evidence as possible to show why you have a particular need.

 

Specific bursaries available

Please check here to see if you are eligible to apply (UK/Home students only) 

What is a Care Leaver?

A student who has entered higher education from care for the period of time spanning their 16th birthday (regardless of age now). 

We have a dedicated team who provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation.  They can also provide a link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

As a care leaver you may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries which take the form of a cash payment paid over two years.

How to register as a Care Leaver (if you have not done so already):

To register as a Care Leaver simply complete the online consent form at: Care Leaver/Estranged Registration and Consent Form which will include uploading relevant evidence (below):

  • Letter from your Leaving Care Team - confirming your Care Leaver status 

Additional funding

You may also be eligible to receive a bursary in each year of study (this money does not have to be repaid).

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to the Care Leaver question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Once you have submitted let us know by emailing cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) and we will take it from there. 

For details of additional support available please visit the Support for care leavers and estranged students web page (www.wlv.ac.uk/care) or drop an email to cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

Who can be classed as estranged?

A student who has entered higher education who does not have a family support network, who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family.

We have a dedicated team who provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation. 

If you are stating a course from September 2021, you may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries which take the form of a cash payment paid over two years.

How to register as estranged (if you have not done so already):

To register as estranged simply complete the online consent form at: Care Leaver/Estranged Registration and Consent Form which will include uploading relevant evidence (below):

  • 3rd party evidence to show that you are estranged and have no contact with either of your parents (unless previously supplied)

Additional funding:

You may also be eligible to receive a bursary in each year of study (this money does not have to be repaid).

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

As an estranged student you only need to do the following:

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to the Estranged question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Once you have submitted let us know by emailing cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) and we will take it from there. 

For details of additional support available please visit the Support for care leavers and estranged students web page (www.wlv.ac.uk/care) or drop an email to cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

Who can apply for this funding?

A student who is in receipt of help via the DSA for computer equipment but have to pay the 1st £200 themselves.

NB: if you are an Apprentice student you are NOT eligible to apply for Dennis Turner but other funds may be available.  Please contact SSW@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) stating that you are an Apprentice and would like to discuss support with an advisor.

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to Question 1, I am in receipt of DSA and would like to claim the £200 specialist equipment contribution
  3. Add the amount of Maintenance Loan/Grant/ etc that you are in getting from Student Finance (see Total Student Finance we’ll pay to you on your Notification on Entitlement letter)
  4. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  5. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  6. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • DSA Letter – again you can download this from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link for the DSA2 letter then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Who can apply for this funding?

A student who needs help to pay for a full SpLD assessment.  The Dennis Turner Fund can help with up to £300 towards that cost.

NB: if you are an Apprentice student you are NOT eligible to apply for Dennis Turner but other funds may be available.   Please contact SSW@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) stating that you are an Apprentice and would like to discuss support with an advisor.

If you have not yet had the assessment

We can offer an Emergency Loan for £300 to pay towards an assessment.  Please email money@wlv.ac.uk with your student number requesting this and provide the following evidence:

  • Evidence that you require a full assessment - proof you have an appointment booked (forwarded email/invoice)

The emergency loan will cover up to £300 for the full assessment and, upon receipt of your report, will be repaid by the Dennis Turner Fund. 

You MUST provide us with the copy of the full assessment upon receipt or you will be liable to pay back the loan and may lose IT facilities.

If you have had the assessment and received the report

Please send a copy to Student Support and Wellbeing (ssw@wlv.ac.uk) and complete the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's) Testing Support fund:

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's) Testing Support and click apply
  2. Say yes to the I would like to claim support for my dyslexia test question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Report – you will be sent the report electronically which you can upload - don't forget to also send it to ssw@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number)
  • A recent bank statement showing your name, account number and sort code.

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Help and Support

Book a drop-in appointment with a member of the Funding Team

If you need support with your application, or for advice on funding you can now book a drop-in appointment to speak with a memeber of the Funding Team by clicking the above link.

The virtual drop-in is via Teams so make sure you are logged into the Teams app on a PC/Laptop/Tablet.  This will allow for screen sharing should you need us to help with applications.

For help sharing your screen please have a look at Share content in a meeting in Teams

You can also get in contact:

by email: money@wlv.ac.uk 

or call the helpline: 01902 321070

Make sure you include your student number in all emails to the University.

In the event that you find yourself in a financial emergency please get in touch at the details above. Please provide your full namestudent number and a brief statement of your individual circumstances and we will advise you. This may include referral to food banks. 

If your circumstances are getting worse, please remember the other resources that you have to hand. 

We recommend that you contact the Students’ Union’s Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) for advice and support on any matter. Please complete their enquiry form

 

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