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Support Grant

The Support Grant is a non-repayable grant for students who are in financial hardship.

What can it help with? 

It can help towards:

  • Living costs.
  • Childcare.
  • Travel.
  • Accommodation.
  • Household expenses.
  • Books and course equipment.

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Unfortunately the grant cannot help pay towards tuition fees or those who have just mismanaged their finances. 

For students who have only been able to take out the non-means tested part of the maintenance loan, due to a high household income, they cannot be fully compensated for the lack of parental contribution by the fund, but are encouraged to still apply. 

Who can apply to the Support Grant?

Students enrolled on a course for 2019/20 at Solent University and are:

  • Full-time / part-time (U/G or P/G) UK  'home' students, in receipt of their full student funding/maintenance loan 
  • EU students (U/G or P/G) who are in receipt of full UK funding (including maintenance loan if U/G) 
  • All students must have received the first payment of their full entitlement of maintenance loan/funding.
  • International, EU, Channel Island and IOM students cannot apply - see below*

* EU and International Support Grant
If you are experiencing a short term financial emergency which is unforeseen and beyond your control then you should come and see the funding team in the first instance. You will need to demonstrate that you had initially made adequate financial arrangements to support yourself throughout your studies, including paying your tuition fees and that your current situation is temporary.   EU / International Support Grant application forms are only available from the Student funding team.

When can I apply? 

Students can ONLY apply from:

  • Monday 7 October 2019 until Friday 26 June 2020  (by 3pm) or 
  • until funds are exhausted, whichever is the sooner.

Support Grant application forms 

How to submit an application form

You will need to see a Student Funding Adviser with your completed form, in the Student Hub, RM050, during our drop-in times:  10 - 4 Mon -Thurs;    10 - 3 Friday.

If you are unhappy with the result of your Support Grant application you can appeal the decision.  You can contact the chair of the panel, Joanna Wakely, by emailing:   


Other grants available

Course costs support grant

Students who have compulsory course costs (not general costs such as books, stationary etc), may be able to apply to the course costs support grant.

Unpaid placement support grant

This grant is available to support students who have been offered a short term  unpaid placement.

International Marketing Placement Support Grant 

This grant is available to support students who have been offered to take part in the International Marketing Week programme only.  Please note this is not for unpaid placements.  Please go to our page for more details and an application form.

Diagnostic Assessment Support Grant

This grant is to support students requiring a diagnostic assessment in order to receive support from the university and the “Disabled Students’ Allowance.”  Please go to our page for more details 


Help over the summer - summer support grant

Please note the fund is now closed.

The summer support grant opens during the summer break each year, if funds are still available.   

Eligibility criteria remains the same as for the support grant.

For more details about financial support during the summer break please go to the summer support grant page on the Solent webpages.  

Further information

If you need help with your student funding please contact a student funding adviser


Page last updated on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 3.26pm.


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