The Aston Support Fund

Here are some Quick FAQs.

The Aston Support Fund offers financial support to students paying Home tuition fees who are in unexpected financial difficulties. If you would like to discuss this to see if your situation meets this criteria please contact us.

The grants offered are considered by assessing your circumstances on a case by case basis. You may be considered for financial assistance if you are experiencing an unforeseen situation that will not be resolved in the immediate future and which has impacted on your financial capability to afford your basic living costs.

These funds are for fully-enrolled Aston University students. If you are not fully enrolled when you apply your application will be rejected. 

To apply please visit the 'Apply to the Aston Support Fund now' section below.

If you have any questions about these funds please email FinancialSupport@aston.ac.uk.

You may like to book an appointment with Hub advisors prior to applying for hardship funds. This can be done by logging into the Hub's booking system: https://wass.aston.ac.uk/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?makeapp=1&cal_id=2359

Please ensure you have read the Policy document before applying to the Fund.

Aston Support Fund, £200 DSA laptop student contribution grant

If you have applied for Disabled Students' Allowance and your confirmation of funding letter includes the purchase of a laptop, you may be awarded a one-off £200 grant to cover your contribution towards the cost of the laptop. To be eligible for this you must be a current Aston University undergraduate student with a household income of less than £25,000.

To apply please visit the 'Apply for the £200 DSA laptop contribution grant now' section below.

To apply you must complete an application form and discuss the finances you had in place to cover your tuition fees and living costs. You also need to explain what has happened to change the financial provision you made prior to enrolment/re-enrolment. 

You will be asked to submit supporting documents of your circumstances. This is needed so that we can fully consider your situation and assess your income and basic outgoings.

Initially you are requested to submit:

  • Three months' of up to date bank statements for all account you hold
  • Your letter from Student Finance showing tuition and maintenance loan amounts
  • If applicable, tenancy agreement showing total rent and due dates
  • Any other information you feel will support your application


Stages of the application:

  1. Complete the application form (see link in 'Apply Now' below)
  2. Submit the application form and supporting documents, either by emailing them to FinancialSupport@aston.ac.uk, bringing them into the Hub or by posting to the University for the attention of the Student Funds Officer, Student & Academic Services, Main Building.
  3. We will assess your circumstances
  4. We contact you with the result of your application or to ask for further information or to invite you to an appointment to discuss your circumstances.
For your application to be considered you need to demonstrate and illustrate through supporting evidence:


That you made enough financial provision to fully fund your tuition fees and a basic level of living costs before starting the course (or active year). This financial provision could for example be from sources such as Student Finance England, a Professional & Career Development Loan, Scholarships, Savings, Employment or family contributions.

2) That your situation is unexpected (it could not normally have been planned for), that it is short-term/could be resolved between 1 and 12 weeks and that currently you have no other sources of income. This will be demonstrated though the application form and supported with the documentary evidence that you submit as a part of your application.

Your application will be carefully considered in a fair and confidential environment on the basis of what you have included in your application form and the documentary evidence that you provide to support the circumstances that you have described in your application form.

As part of the normal assessment process we may ask you to come into the Hub for an appointment to discuss your circumstances in a bit more detail.  We may also ask you to see an adviser for advice on the management of debt, money advice and budgeting assistance.

Should you wish to make an appointment with the Hub prior to applying to the Fund, which may mean you do not have to submit financial information, you can book an appointment by logging into the Hub's booking system:  https://wass.aston.ac.uk/pages/viewcalendar.page.php?makeapp=1&cal_id=2359

Apply to the Aston Support Fund now

Application Form (Word document)

Application Form (PDF document)

Information guide (PDF document)

Aston Support Fund policy 2019/2020 (PDF document)

Note: the application form can be completed electronically and emailed to financial support, or by hand and passed to the Student Funds Officer via the Hub Reception, Main Building.

You can appeal a decision if you feel there have been procedural or administrative errors, if you have more evidence to submit, or if you would like further consideration of your circumstances.

Appeals are considered by an independent member of Student & Academic Services staff who will convey their decision within three weeks of receipt.

The appeal form is here - http://form.jotformeu.com/form/50363883912358.

Applications for a DSA specialist equipment contribution can be made by completing the following form:  https://form.jotformeu.com/60913899720364


Checked & updated DR 14/05/19