Student Support Fund

Additional funding via the Student Support Fund

The Liverpool John Moores University Student Support Fund helps students in financial hardship. Read on for more information about how the scheme works.

When can I apply?

You can apply at any point in the academic year. We do not have a deadline as such (other than the end of the year) and instead applications are processed as they are received ,on a rolling programme over the year.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to all students at LJMU regardless of your fee status (e.g. International, postgraduate etc.). However, due to visa restrictions, applications from international students will only be considered if you need help with short term unexpected situations.

What am I applying for?

You can apply if you think you will not have enough money to cover essential expenditure or experiencing financial difficulties due to the rising cost of living , such as not having enough money for food, energy costs or to pay your rent. Alternatively it may be due to unexpected costs such as a broken heating system.

We cannot help pay tuition fees regardless of the situation but we are happy to give you advice about these.

Energy Cost Assistance: This is a one-off award for students who can demonstrate that they are contributing to an energy bill at their term time address. The amount of the award is £250 for single students and £500 for students with children.

If you have already had an award from the Student Support Fund for this academic year, email moneyadvice@ljmu.ac.uk with proof of your energy costs.

How to apply?

You can apply on line via the LJMU student website. If you go to MyLJMU and then My Services scroll down near to the bottom - LJMU Student Support Fund.

Before you apply, we encourage you to log on to blackbullion and complete the budgeting module. The Blackbullion website is all about money management and is free to all LJMU students. It has lots of interesting information on it, so please take a look if you haven't done so already.

What is the application process?

The application form asks you to enter your income and expenditure for the year. Don’t panic about getting things wrong as we will check the application. It also asks you to let us know of anything specific to you, so why you need extra financial support. This is where you should let us know about anything you need help with (such a broken heating system). You will also need to attach a few documents to the application such as details of your student funding and your bank statements.

Once you submit the form, a student money adviser will look at your documents and apply the University policy to your application. In order to minimise errors and ensure applications are assessed correctly, at least two members of staff will assess the form. We may get in touch with you when assessing your application to suggest other funding options. This is not because we do not want to help you but we may be able to suggest other options that may be more appropriate.

We will then email you to your LJMU email address to say if you have been successful or not and if you have been given award it will say how much you have been awarded and when you will receive it. Most awards are paid in instalments to help both you and us with budgeting.

How long does it take to process an application?

Applications can take up to four weeks but we do them as quickly as we can. Make sure you attach the documents required when you apply as this tends to be the main thing that holds up processing. 

What are the likely outcomes?

If you are successful, we will pay money into your bank account so make sure you enter these details carefully when you apply as we cant be held responsible for any payments that aren’t made due to incorrect bank details being entered.

If you are not successful, this is because we have applied the policy to your application and you do not come out with an award. We may suggest other options to you and are always happy to talk to you about these.

Need help just ask?

Please do get in touch with us if you need any help or advice about this or any other aspect of your funding. Moneyadvice@ljmu.ac.uk 0151 231 3153/3154