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COVID-19 Assistance Fund

The COVID-19 Assistance Fund can provide support to students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

The fund is open to all University of Sunderland students (UK, EU and International) who normally study in the UK. The fund can offer a non-repayable grant to provide some support through this unprecedented time when many students’ incomes may have been affected.

Please read the information below carefully, as it gives you important information and guidance about this new fund.

Am I eligible to apply?

The COVID-19 Assistance Fund is open to all current students of the University who normally study in the UK, who have been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are experiencing financial hardship as a consequence.

The fund encompasses:

  • UK, EU and International students
  • All programmes: including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Research students


How do I apply?

You will need to complete a form to tell us how COVID-19 has affected you financially and provide supporting evidence of this.

You will need to complete this simple form - COVID-19 Assistance Fund application form - to show us how COVID-19 has impacted your finances and led you to be experiencing hardship. The form asks about your income and expenditure, and to explain how COVID-19 has affected you financially. You will need to provide us with evidence, which is explained on the final page of the form.


Where do I send the form?

Once you have completed the application form and gathered your supporting evidence, you should email C19fund@sunderland.ac.uk with the form and evidence as attachments. One of our team will check this, and let you know if there is anything else we need.

Please ensure that supporting information is in English wherever possible.

(When providing documents to the University by email, the most secure way is to collate all of your documents into either a PDF document or a Word document, then password protect the document prior to emailing it to us.  For guidance on how to add a password to your document, please see our advice here. You can use the last 6 digits of your university registration number (from your uni campus card) as the password, or contact us separately if you wish to use a different password.)

How long will it take to receive a decision and payment?

We aim to make a decision, and any payment from the Fund, within 10 days of receiving a completed form and supporting evidence.

Please note that if the form is incomplete, or if you have not provided sufficient evidence for us to make a decision, your application will be delayed. Please do remember to check your application and evidence is complete before sending it to us.

We will email you our decision, using the email address on your application form.

How will payment be made?

If you are granted an award, we will make payment directly into your bank account. This means that you must ensure that your bank account details are up-to-date on your E-vision account in MySunderland. Ideally you need to give us your UK bank account details as this is very much the fastest payment method. 


Is there anything else I need to know?

The COVID-19 Assistance Fund is intended to help support students who are in financial hardship as a consequence of the pandemic. The fund is not intended to assist students with their tuition fees payments to the University nor to satisfy visa conditions, and such applications cannot be considered.

I need advice on completing the form

The Fund is administered by the Student Support Funds Office. You can find their contact details here.

Our Student Financial Guidance Team can also help you - not only with the COVID-19 Assistance Fund form but also if you have any wider questions about student finance issues. You can find their contact details here.

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