SOAS Emergency Support Fund
What is the SOAS Emergency Support Fund?
If you are struggling financially or facing hardship as a result of the current situation related to Covid-19 you may be able to access short-term non-repayable financial support from the SOAS Emergency Support Fund. Applications can be submitted online, and there is an expectation that students supply all the required information for assessment.
Who can apply?
Any SOAS students experiencing financial difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic can apply.
How do I apply?
You can make an application for the SOAS Emergency Support Fund via our SOAS Hardship Fund Application Form. Please note that an award from the Fund is available for short term support only, and awards will be allocated on a case by case basis. We aim to process applications within 14 days to provide support as soon as possible to those who need it.
The SOAS Emergency Support Fund is limited and should not be viewed as a form of funding to replace long-term loss of income or meet all additional costs, however we will seek to support those who are facing unexpected hardship as best we can.
How much will I receive?
Awards will be made up to a maximum of £500. The minimum award will be £200. We will prioritise the following groups of students for support:-
• Students with caring responsibilities
• Students with children (especially lone parents)
• Students from low income families
• Students who are displaced people, refugees or asylum seekers
• Estranged students and those with experience of care
• Disabled students
• Students who have entered higher education from Foyers or who are homeless
• Foundation year students (as teaching continues in Term 3)
I need a laptop to study at home, can I apply?
Yes, if you are in financial difficulty and need help to buy a laptop to study at home and sit your exams remotely please apply to SOAS Emergency Support Fund. SOAS has had a donation of laptops and may provide you with one of these while supplies last, or money from the Fund towards the purchase of a laptop.
How do I apply?
To apply for the SOAS Emergency Fund please complete the SOAS Hardship Fund Application. Please explain in the statement section how the Covid-19 crisis has caused you hardship. Once you have completed and submitted the application form, you will be sent an automated email to your SOAS email address. Please reply to this with scans of supporting documents including bank statements for the past 3 months with money coming in or out over £100 explained, proof of rent, proof of income for the year such as student finance letter, payslips etc. If we need any further documents we will contact via your SOAS email address.
Once we receive your supporting documents, your application will be in the queue to be assessed. We aim to do this within 14 days. If your situation is urgent, please highlight this in the subject box when you send your documents and in exceptional cases payments may be expedited.
Access to Learning Fund
If after planning your budget for the year and working whenever you can, you are still unable to make ends meet, you should consider applying for a grant from the SOAS Access to Learning Fund. This fund is provided by SOAS and awarded using national guidelines to provide financial support to home students, where access to education might be inhibited by financial considerations or where students face exceptional or unforeseen financial difficulties.The Fund can also help students with above average needs, especially:
- Students receiving the final year loan rate, who are in financial difficulty
- Students with caring responsibilities
- Students with children (especially lone parents)
- Mature undergraduate students, especially those with existing financial commitments, including priority debts
- Students from low income families
- Students who are displaced people, refugees or asylum seekers
- Estranged students and those with experience of care
- Disabled students (especially where the DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
- Students who have entered higher education from Foyers or who are homeless
Undergraduates - You must have been fully means-tested and receive the maximum amount of maintenance loan available to you before applying. We also need to see that you are using a student bank account with interest free overdraft facility unless you have credit issues.
Postgraduates - We expect to see that have taken the Post Graduate Loan. Before assessing we also check to see that you have an income for living costs of £248 per week (£199 for those with dependents or cannot work due to ill-health or disability). This income doesn't have to be from employment, it could be from a number of different sources including savings, private loans, benefits etc.
Part-time students must be studying 50% or more of a full-time course (ie. at least 2 units in a year). Disabled students, whose disability prevents them from studying at least 50% of a full time course, may apply for the Access to Learning Fund if they are studying at least 25% of a full time course.
We will also check to see that all full time students are using the TfL 18+ Student Oyster Card to receive a 30% reduction on travel in London before assessing an application.
Part-students who receive an award will qualify for the TfL 18+ Student Oyster Card.
For more information about Access to Learning Fund please read the SOAS Access to Learning Fund Guidance 2019/20 (pdf; 146kb)
Please complete the SOAS Hardship Fund Application.