Dennis Turner Hardship Fund

Is open for applications

The Dennis Turner Hardship Fund can be accessed* by any students, home or international, who are struggling to make ends meet.  The fund is not classed as public money and does not affect the visa status of international students. These hardship funds are non-repayable, and can provide a short-term solution to students in this position.

The hardship fund reopens every academic year and remains open until mid-July, or until the fund is depleted. 

*Apprenticeship students, those studying Stand Alone modules and TNE (International students who are studying in their home country) are not eligible

How to apply

All students, home and international, can submit an application through e:Vision:

  1. Click on the My Finance button, on your e:Vision homepage 
  2. Click on Scholarships and Bursaries
  3. Click on the Apply or upload evidence for the Dennis Turner Hardship Fund button

Then choose which fund you are applying for from the drop-down list, e.g. "Assessment based on Financial Hardship"

Please make sure you have all relevant evidence saved and ready to upload in the correct format (pdf or word document only) before you apply. 

Please note - hardship funds cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

See the Hardship Fund FAQs below for more information about how to apply.   

Hardship Fund FAQs: 

All current (i.e. enrolled) students, home and international, including those studying at partner institutions are eligible to apply for the hardship fund.

UK/Home Students can apply to the Hardship Fund if you:

  • have taken up and are in receipt of all statutory support that is available i.e. Maintenance Loan/Tuition Fee Loan/NHS Bursary 
  • Postgraduate students must have paid, or made arrangements to pay, their tuition fees. 


International and EU Students

You should have made provisions to pay your tuition fees and cover basic living costs before you commenced your studies if it is a condition of your visa. 

You can apply to the Hardship Fund if you have had a significant change in circumstances since enrolling on the course, and are struggling to cope financially. Applying for the Hardship Fund does not affect your visa status.

 

Who is not eligible?

  • Unfortunately, the fund is for current students only and cannot support students who are pre-entry, those on apprenticeships, TNE courses, or stand-alone modules.
  • University funding and bursaries cannot help towards your tuition fees.

 To request to negotiate a payment plan for your tuition fees, please contact incomesections@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

When we allocate awards, we are asked to give priority to the following groups:

  • Students with children
  • Disabled students (especially where DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
  • Students who have entered higher education from care for the period of time spanning their 16th birthday (regardless of age now)
  • Students who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family
  • Students who are homeless
  • Students from low income families
  • Students receiving the final year loan rate 
  • Students studying courses that have additional costs (for example, final year Arts students have to buy materials for their "show")
  • Students who suffer unforeseen change of circumstances during their studies

If you are not in one of the priority groups you can still apply but you must provide as much evidence as possible to show why you have a particular need.

All applications must provide the following mandatory evidence:

  • Personal statement - brief explanation outlining your reason(s) for applying (this is part of the application process and can be up to 500 charatcers long)
  • Funding source - evidence of how you are funding yourself for this academic year, whether that is through Student Finance (UK/Home students), an employer or you are self-funding (International/EU)
  • Accommodation costs - rent, mortgage statement or board letter
  • Bank statements - most recent 3 months' worth of bank statements for EACH AND EVERY account you hold (including any Savings, ISA's, Credit Union, Post Office, Bitcoin, etc)
Please note, we DO NOT take into account: 
  • Credit card statements
  • Store cards
  • Utility bills (ie phone/gas/electricity/broadband/etc)
  • Any debts that you have accrued BEFORE you started your course
  • Personal lifestyle choices (leisure or non-essential spending)

For a more in depth explanation of the evidence you may need to supply, including tips on how to do this, please see our What evidence is required? page.

Please make sure you have all the evidence ready before you apply, so you can easily upload it during the application process.  

You will submit your evidence as part of the application process, via e:Vision. You can save and return using the Evidence Upload task if necessary, but please do so within the time limit.

Saving evidence documents

  • Save all evidence files as a pdf., or word document. (We cannot accept image files.)
  • Alternatively you can paste pictures/screenshots in a word document (as long as all pertinent information can be clearly seen), save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option from the drop down box.
  • Max file size 2mb.  
  • Please name the evidence documents appropriately. We suggest that you put your student number followed by a description of what it is, i.e. ‘1234567 Tax credits ’or ‘1234567 Tenancy’.   

Incorrect evidence can cause your application to be delayed or rejected. 

 

In exceptional circumstances emergency loans may be available to undergraduate full-time UK/Home students, for example:

  • for first-year undergraduate students where there has been a delay in funding
  • for continuing students where there has been a delay in funding due to circumstances beyond their control
  • where banking systems crash, a student may need to apply for a short term loan.

Emergency loans are not normally available for International, part-time or postgraduate.

To apply:

Once you are FULLY enrolled simply email money@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number in the subject line) for more help and guidance.

 

The Dennis Turner Hardship Fund Panel meets weekly to decide cases and we aim to normally process all complete application forms* within 4 working weeks. If the panel or an assessing officer requires more information to make an accurate decision, or if information is missing or ambiguous, it may take longer to give you a decision.  

*Please note - your application will not be complete until all evidence has been received.

You will be notified of the Panel’s decision via email.

Awards may be made by instalments which may be subject to you seeking financial advice. We may ask to see evidence of this. This should be clear from your award email.

If you do not understand how the decision has been made, please contact the Funding Support team via email at money@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number in the subject line).

Specific bursaries available

Please check here to see if you are eligible to apply (UK/Home students only) 

What is a Care Leaver?

A student who has entered higher education from care for the period of time spanning their 16th birthday (regardless of age now).

We have a dedicated team who provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation.  They can also provide a link between the University, your local authority and/or your Care Leaving Team.

As a care leaver you may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries which take the form of a cash payment paid over two years.

How to register as a Care Leaver (if you have not done so already):

To register as a Care Leaver simply complete the online consent form at: Care Leaver/Estranged Registration and Consent Form which will include uploading relevant evidence (below):

  • Letter from your Leaving Care Team - confirming your Care Leaver status 

Additional funding

You may also be eligible to receive a bursary in each year of study (this money does not have to be repaid).

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to the Care Leaver question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Once you have submitted let us know by emailing cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) and we will take it from there. 

For details of additional support available please visit the Support for care leavers and estranged students web page (www.wlv.ac.uk/care) or drop an email to cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

Who can be classed as estranged?

A student who has entered higher education who does not have a family support network, who are 18 to 24 and have no communicative relationship with either living biological parent, or often their wider family.

We have a dedicated team who provide ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your student journey, from making an application to Wolverhampton through to graduation. 

If you are stating a course from September 2021, you may be eligible for one of our Access Bursaries which take the form of a cash payment paid over two years.

How to register as estranged (if you have not done so already):

To register as estranged simply complete the online consent form at: Care Leaver/Estranged Registration and Consent Form which will include uploading relevant evidence (below):

  • 3rd party evidence to show that you are estranged and have no contact with either of your parents (unless previously supplied)

Additional funding:

You may also be eligible to receive a bursary in each year of study (this money does not have to be repaid).

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

As an estranged student you only need to do the following:

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to the Estranged question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Once you have submitted let us know by emailing cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) and we will take it from there. 

For details of additional support available please visit the Support for care leavers and estranged students web page (www.wlv.ac.uk/care) or drop an email to cl_estranged@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number).

Who can apply for this funding?

A student who is in receipt of help via the DSA for computer equipment but have to pay the 1st £200 themselves.

NB: if you are an Apprentice student you are NOT eligible to apply for Dennis Turner but other funds may be available.  Please contact SSW@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) stating that you are an Apprentice and would like to discuss support with an advisor.

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Care Leaver/Estranged Student Bursary or Support for DSA Computing Equipment and click apply
  2. Say yes to Question 1, I am in receipt of DSA and would like to claim the £200 specialist equipment contribution
  3. Add the amount of Maintenance Loan/Grant/ etc that you are in getting from Student Finance (see Total Student Finance we’ll pay to you on your Notification on Entitlement letter)
  4. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  5. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  6. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Student Finance - current Student Finance Notification letter (all pages) which can be downloaded directly from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • DSA Letter – again you can download this from your Student Finance online account under Letters and Emails - click the link for the DSA2 letter then download the pdf to save and then upload to your application
  • Recent bank statement - we do require a recent statement to confirm where you want the payment to go clearly showing your name, the account number and sort code

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Who can apply for this funding?

A student who needs help to pay for a full SpLD assessment.  The Dennis Turner Fund can help with up to £300 towards that cost.

NB: if you are an Apprentice student you are NOT eligible to apply for Dennis Turner but other funds may be available.   Please contact SSW@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number) stating that you are an Apprentice and would like to discuss support with an advisor.

If you have not yet had the assessment

We can offer an Emergency Loan for £300 to pay towards an assessment.  Please email money@wlv.ac.uk with your student number requesting this and provide the following evidence:

  • Evidence that you require a full assessment - proof you have an appointment booked (forwarded email/invoice)

The emergency loan will cover up to £300 for the full assessment and, upon receipt of your report, will be repaid by the Dennis Turner Fund. 

You MUST provide us with the copy of the full assessment upon receipt or you will be liable to pay back the loan and may lose IT facilities.

If you have had the assessment and received the report

Please send a copy to Student Support and Wellbeing (ssw@wlv.ac.uk) and complete the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's) Testing Support fund:

How to apply:

After you have registered, as above, log into your e:Vision, then from your homepage,  click the My Finance button (then Scholarship and Bursaries), then click the Apply button:

button to apply to the Dennis Turner Fund

  1. From the drop-down list choose the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD's) Testing Support and click apply
  2. Say yes to the I would like to claim support for my dyslexia test question
  3. Put in the bank details of the account where you would like the bursary to be paid
  4. Upload relevant evidence (see below)*
  5. Tick terms and conditions and click submit

*Have the following evidence ready to upload as either a pdf or word document prior to starting (you will not be able to submit your application without it):

  • Report – you will be sent the report electronically which you can upload - don't forget to also send it to ssw@wlv.ac.uk (with your student number)
  • A recent bank statement showing your name, account number and sort code.

If you bank online but cannot download your bank statements as a pdf, you should be able to choose to print them.  If you do this you should see a dialogue box that has a destination drop-down.  You should be able to choose save as pdf from there and then save as a pdf to upload directly to your application. 

Alternatively you can paste a picture/screenshot in a word document, save it, and then click Save as and choose the PDF option form the drop down box.  You just have to make sure that the final file size is 2mb or less.

Who to contact:

Further Support and Advice 

If your circumstances are getting worse, please remember the other resources that you have to hand. 

Students’ Union

The SU are currently running the SU Pandemic Fund, providing £50 ASDA vouchers and food parcels.

We recommend that you contact the Students’ Union’s Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) for advice and support on any matter. Please complete their enquiry form

 

 Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) can advise if you are in receipt of all the benefits that you are entitled to.