Discretionary fund

Digital Inclusion IT Equipment loan scheme

If you are struggling financially and require IT equipment to study your course online, you can apply to this scheme for a loan of a laptop or other IT equipment (including dongle if you have no wifi access). Any equipment loaned under this scheme must be returned to GCU at the end of your course. You will need to provide evidence of household income less than £33,999 in order to apply.

Application Form 

Digital Poverty Application Form word format

Digital Poverty Application Form pdf format

Please note International students and EU students who only receive tuition fees from SAAS cannot apply, however if you are struggling financially to purchase this equiptment, please do let us know by emailing digitalpoverty@gcu.ac.uk.

Applying to the Discretionary and/or Childcare Fund

Please note: You can no longer apply to the Discretionary Fund for help towards IT equipment (alternatively see Digital Poverty IT Eqipment Loan scheme)

You should only send us one PDF attachment, containing the completed application and all supporting documentation.

Some useful tips to help complete the application form are below: 

  • Download Adobe Acrobat  this allows you to combine separate PDF files into 1 file and also to add a signature to your application form.
  • You can also use a website called www.ilovepdf.com. This allows you to convert file types from one format to another and to collate them all into a single document. 
  • Bank or credit card statements - you can download copies of bank or credit card statements as pdfs from most online banking accounts. Mobile apps sometimes do not give this option, so you may need to log into your online banking via a website, instead of relying on a mobile app.
  • Don't go from "current transactions" as this rarely produces a statement. Look for "statements" or go to historical transactions and go back 3 months. Statements (e.g something that "looks" like a posted version with name address, account details etc.) are only produced once every month so if you can't get one for this month, last months will be there somewhere.
  • SAAS award letter - this can be downloaded as pdf from your SAAS account. If you can’t find it and need to request a copy from SAAS, you can email SAAS asking for a copy of your 2020-21 Award notice. Whilst the SAAS email response says a response can take up to 28 days, students requesting an Award notice usually receive this within a few days
  • Any other evidence can be converted from photograph or jpeg to pdf using www.ilovepdf.com

FINAL IMPORTANT STEP - collate all the pdfs you have pulled together into 1 document, save this as your name and Student ID, and email to funding@gcu.ac.uk

You should only send us one PDF attachement containing the completed application and all supporting documentation.

Application Forms

Discretionary & Childcare Fund Application Form Full Time 2020/21

Discretionary & Childcare Fund Application Form Part Time 2020/21

Carer Form 2020/21

 

 

Who Can Apply?

Please note - International and EU fee only funded students are not eligible to apply to this fund.

New students to GCU that are starting in academic year 2020/21 can apply to the funds once they commence their course

Undergraduate - As an undergraduate student, you must have applied to SAAS or your own Local Education Authority (LEA) for the funding support package in order to be eligible for this fund.

Postgraduate - Postgraduates (not Nursing & Midwifery) can also apply as long as you can show you have applied for any available Government funding and have some support in place for living costs while you study. 

Nursing – Undergraduate nursing students can apply to the Nursing Discretionary Fund for extra help towards study and living costs. Please note these funds are limited and you must have taken out full SAAS/LEA funding in order to apply.

Part time - Part time students can apply for help towards travel, study costs (such as books, printing, photocopying) and registered childcare costs while attending GCU. See our Part-time section for further information.

Some groups of students are given priority:

  • Care experienced students
  • Students with at least one dependant child
  • Final-year students
  • Students who are carers
  • Postgraduate students who receive tuition fee support from SAAS
  • Part-time students
  • Estranged students
  • Impacted financially by Covid19
How Do I Apply?

Information on applying to Discretionary Fund whilst Off-Campus

The University is working hard to ensure that students who are struggling financially can apply for assistance.

Applications usually take 2-3 weeks to process. Please be aware that this timescale may be a little longer due to off-campus working procedures.

Should you wish to make an application to the Discretionary please ensure you adhere to the following guidance:

For Discretionary Fund Applications:

  • Download a Discretionary Fund application form
  • Gather required documentation as listed on front page of application
  • Make sure you sign and date your application
  • Supporting documentation should be combined into 1 PDF form
  • Email your application form and accompanying documentation and email to funding@gcu.ac.uk

 

For Childcare Applications: Please note that Childcare applications will not be open for 2020/21 until the start of Trimester 1

Please follow the guidelines for Discretionary Applications PLUS:

  • Download a Carer Form for your Childcare Provider (or email form to Childcare provder) to complete and return to you to attach with your application
  • Remember to complete the back page of the Carer Form
  • Ensure you provide a detailed timetable for placements or online teaching
  • Ensure you give clear details on your application or in your email of why you require childcare for this period
  • Email your application form and accompanying documentation and email to funding@gcu.ac.uk
Tips on filling in the form
  • If you have a mortgage, make sure that when you are writing down your monthly outgoings you include mortgage-related insurance such as building and contents insurance.
  • Include monthly expenses for: TV licence, personal insurance, course materials and household expenses.
  • Hang on to a few of your bus or train tickets so that you can include these as evidence of travel costs. Please note that we will only consider the cheapest mode of transport.
  • Make sure you enclose  all the supporting documents you need when sending in your application (these are listed on the front page of the form). If some are missing this will significantly delay processing any award.
Part-time students

Part-time students can only apply to the Discretionary Fund for help towards study costs, travel and registered childcare.

Applications usually take 2-3 weeks to process. Please be aware that this timescale may be a little longer due to off-campus working procedures.

Should you wish to make an application to the Discretionary and/or Childcare Fund, please ensure you adhere to the following guidance:

For Discretionary Fund Applications:

  • Download a Part Time Discretionary Fund application form
  • Gather required documentation as listed on front page of application
  • Make sure you sign and date your application
  • Supporting documentation should be combined into 1 PDF form
  • Email application form and supporting documents to funding@gcu.ac.uk

 

For Childcare Applications:

Please follow the guidelines for Discretionary Applications PLUS:

  • Download a Carer Form for your Childcare Provider to complete and return to you to attach with your application
  • Ensure you provide a detailed timetable for placements or online teaching
  • Ensure you give clear details on your application or in your email of why you require childcare for this period
  • Scan your application form and accompanying documentation and email to funding@gcu.ac.uk

 

Discretionary Fund Myths

It is only available to mature students
NOT TRUE – We do not apply any age restrictions

It is only available to students with children
NOT TRUE– We accept applications from those with no dependants
 
You must have debts
NOT TRUE– You don’t have to be in debt (but we take it into consideration if you are)
 
You can’t apply if you live in your parental home
NOT TRUE – You can apply if you own / rent a property or if you live with your parents

You can only apply once throughout your whole degree
NOT TRUE– You can apply in every year of your course as long as you remain eligible

It takes hours to fill in and we need evidence of everything
NOT TRUE–It can take as little as 30 minutes and it all depends on your personal situation as to how much evidence we need. 
 
You can’t apply if your parents are working
NOT TRUE– SAAS will calculate a parental contribution that we will consider, but we won’t ask for their income details and will take your expenditure into account when making decisions 

You can't apply if you are working
NOT TRUE - You can apply as long as you're having problems balancing your monthly finances or find yourselves with unexpected costs that you cannot budget for.