Coronavirus Hardship Fund

The Scottish Government has made extra funds available to help students who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund is intended to help with essential living costs such as food, utilities and rent. 

This Coronavirus Hardship Fund is OPEN and will close on 12 November 2021.  Please allow 21 days for your application to be assessed and you will receive an email with the outcome to your University.

 
 

Fund now Open

The fund is to help students who are struggling to secure adequate income through the pandemic with their basic living cost expenses. The fund is not available to support the payment of tuition fees.

If your application is successful, you do not need to pay this money back. It is a non-repayable bursary and will not affect visa requirements.

There will be several opportunities for eligible students to apply for help from this fund throughout the 2021/22 academic year.

Please watch out for details of further opportunities to apply on social media and in student newsletters.

Funding available is limited and successful students will receive no more than one award per trimester. Priority will always be given to students who have demonstrated the greatest need and those who have not yet received an award.

During each funding opportunity we will do our best to consider all applications received by the published deadline, funds will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

If you are a student from Scotland or the rest of the UK, please apply for Discretionary Fund by logging in to eStudent Records (this does not apply to nursing students).

 
 

Who is eligible?

International & EU Students

Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate International & EU students (including nursing and midwifery students) who are currently studying at a UK campus, and who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic may apply.

To demonstrate financial hardship you must provide:

  • Details of income and expenditure
  • Recent bank details for all accounts held that show income and expenditure (this includes partner's accounts)
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Any other information that you feel is relevant to your application

The funding available is to help you meet your general living costs only - you cannot apply for help to pay for any remaining tuition fees.

If you are originally from the EU but have lived in the UK/Scotland long enough to receive student funding for living costs from the UK/Scottish Government, you should read the section below for UK students.

UK Nursing and Midwifery Students

UK nursing and midwifery students should continue to apply for help from the Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund.

UK Full-time and Part-time Students (excluding UK nursing and midwifery)

Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Scottish or UK students, who are experiencing financial hardship and who are accessing the maximum student support available to them (Student Awards Agency Scotland Student Loans Company SLC, etc.) will be considered for from the Discretionary Fund by logging in to eStudent Records.

Students arriving/returning to Scotland

New and continuing students joining us from red list countries for the 2021-2022 academic year will be able to apply for financial support of up to a total of £1200 of the cost of managed hotel quarantine. Students will need to provide evidence of financial hardship and provide a receipt of the costs. Documents required to be considered for an award are as follows:

  • Completed application form - Click to download
  • A copy of one month of bank statements for ALL accounts held by you and your partner (if applicable). This should be for any period from 1 July 2021 onwards
  • A copy of your flight ticket, clearly showing your name, point of departure and arrival
  • Your hotel isolation receipt, clearly showing your name, start and end date of managed hotel isolation

Students will only be able to apply to the fund for the costs of personal managed hotel quarantine payable for the 2021/22 academic year. Students will not be able to apply for funding for family members, the costs of testing, or other costs associated with self-isolation on arrival in their own accommodation. Eligible students must have fully completed the matriculation process before any payment can be made.

While we will do our best to consider all applications received, funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Who is not eligible?

Research Postgraduate Students

All categories of currently registered research postgraduate students can apply to the RPG Hardship Fund or the RPG Covid19 Hardship Fund.

How do I apply?

International and EU Students

Current students can click here to login to our new Find-a-Fund Application System.

UK Nursing and Midwifery Students

Current students can click here to login to our new Find-a-Fund Application System.

UK Full-time and Part-time Students (excluding research postgraduate and UK nursing and midwifery)

Eligible students should make a Discretionary Fund application.

To apply for the Discretionary Fund please log in to eStudent Records.

If you are a UK student and you are not eligible to be considered for the Discretionary Fund you should read the section for International & EU students.

What happens next?

We will consider your application as quickly as possible and will inform you of the outcome via email, so please check your student email account.

We may get in touch to ask for further information or documents before we can make a decision and it is important you respond to this before the closing date.

Need to know more?

If you have any further questions or need help with your application, please contact studentfunding@napier.ac.uk

Please be aware that funding staff will be really busy assessing applications so we can ensure that funds awarded are transferred as quickly as possible and it may take a bit longer to respond to your email.