Your application is assessed following guidelines provided by NASMA and if successful, either a standard or non-standard award could be made. A non-standard award may be made where a student has an unexpected financial crisis or has unforeseen essential costs that cannot be met from other sources.
When we assess your application we will look at your income and expenditure over the course of the academic year.
What we will count as income:
- HE Maintenance Grant (up to the first £1,850 is not included)
- Special Support Grant (up to the first £1,850 is not included)
- Student Loan for maintenance
- University Bursary’s
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Childcare Grant
- Adult Dependents Grant
- NHS/Social Work Bursaries and Grants
- Parental contributions
- Means-tested benefits
What we will count as expenditure:
For the purposes of the fund, not everything you spend can be included as expenditure. For instance, we do not include money spent on mobile phones, car costs (except for disabled students or students with dependants), holidays or furnishing your home.
We do include:
- Rent (with capped limits)
- Council Tax (if you have to pay it)
- Travel costs (with capped limits)
- Childcare costs (with capped limits)
We also include a figure called ‘Composite Living Costs’. This includes flat amounts for money spent on basic living costs, such as food, household bills (gas, electricity, water, TV Licence, etc.), clothes, and entertainment. This figure is included in everyone’s assessment, regardless of what they actually spend on these items. The Fund is not intended to support your lifestyle choices.