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There are a number of ways you may be affected financially due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. The Government has published some guidance for current students relating to funding, it can be found here.

Student Finance England

  • We understand Student Finance England are planning to pay the next scheduled instalment of your maintenance loan for summer term as normal
  • Payments will not change due to the move to learning online
  • You can continue to apply online for funding as normal
  • The contact centres for Student Finance England are currently closed, so you won’t be able to call to discuss any queries you may have
  • Please check the Gov.uk website here for updates

Employees

  • If your employer has deemed you unable to work due to the current pandemic, you have lost your job or your hours have been reduced, you may be eligible for support through the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • You may be eligible for welfare benefits, including Universal Credit
  • Please visit the Gov.uk website here for full information

Accommodation

  • The university is aware that some students are still being asked to pay their accommodation fees to private providers
  • The government has suspended all new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place. If you are struggling to pay your rent please contact your landlord, the Students’ Union Advice Centre or a charity such as Shelter for advice

NHS Funding

  • The Department for Health and Social Care have confirmed that all NHS Bursary, Social Work Bursary and Learning Support Fund payments will continue to be awarded as normal
  • Claims for placement expenses are now being processed online
  • Students applying for the Exceptional Support Fund can complete the application form online and email it to transitions@shu.ac.uk who will complete it and send to the NHS Business Services Authority
  • Applications for the NHS Bursary and Social Work Bursary for the forthcoming academic year are currently paused
  • You can see more information and log in to your online account here

Check this page regularly for updates. There is a comprehensive guide to how you may be affected financially by Coronavirus on the Money Saving Expert’s page here. Information about the Hallam Hardship fund can be found here.

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