Data Protection Act 2018

The University of Portsmouth is a data controller in terms of the 2018 legislation. The Student Finance Centre follows University policy in matters of data protection. 

The data requested in this form is required to allow staff in the Student Finance Centre to consider your eligibility for help from Student Finance Centre Funds.

We believe that it is necessary to process the data we have requested in order to perform the contract you enter into when applying to the Student Finance Centre funding streams. We will use your contact details to inform you of the outcome of your application and to pass on any information we believe will be useful to you. Your data will not be passed to any third party outside the University without your consent, except when the University is required to do so by law, but you should be aware that your data may be passed to appropriate colleagues within the University in the event that you submit a complaint/appeal to the University

All data concerned with this application will be kept for six years from the date of your last award or from the last application submission if unsuccessful. We will anonymise your data as soon as we are able and then will use that anonymised data for statistical purposes.

Any formal enquiries concerning the use of data noted here should be addressed in the first instance to the Head of Student Finance Centre (rachael.lyons@port.ac.uk or +44(0)23 9284 3413) or alternatively you may contact the University's Data Protection Officer on information-matters@port.ac.uk or +44(0)23 9284 3642.

For further information on how the University processes your data, and your rights in respect of your data, please see the University's data protection statement.

University of Portsmouth Rent Assistance Scheme

2020/21 Terms and Conditions

As part of the £50 million announced by the government to support students in hardship, the University has been provided with additional funds to assist students struggling to meet their rent costs as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and recent lockdown.

The new Rent Assistance Scheme is designed to help students who are liable for rent in a private property which they have not been able to occupy due to the recent lockdown and have not received any form of rent rebate or assistance with this cost.

The following Terms and Conditions apply to the scheme:

1. Eligible students

1.1 The scheme is open to the following categories of student:

  • Home (UK) undergraduate students studying on a full or part-time basis in 2020/21 who have a household income below £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance England or equivalent).
  • Home Postgraduate (Taught) students studying on a full or part-time basis who have taken out the Postgraduate Masters Loan to fund their studies.
  • Any Home, International or EU student who can demonstrate they are in financial hardship through provision of bank statements.

1.2 In addition the students must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be liable for rent at their term-time property in the private sector which is separate from their permanent home.
  • Have been prevented from occupying this property due to the current Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
  • Have not received any form of rent discount or rebate for the current lockdown period from their landlord or rent provider.
  • Be in financial hardship as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

2. Application Process

2.1 Students will be asked to apply via an online form and confirm their current situation and must provide evidence of their rent liability through the provision of a current named Tenancy Agreement.

2.2 Evidence of household income for Home undergraduate students will be automatically checked through the Student Finance England Bursary Portal (HEBBS). Those with incomes below £35,000 who have met the other scheme criteria will be automatically successful.

2.3 Home Postgraduate students will be required to provide evidence that they have taken out the Masters Loan to confirm eligibility.

2.4 Home undergraduate students with a household income above £35,000, International students and EU students will be required to demonstrate their hardship through the provision of two months up to date bank statements.

2.5  Students will be asked to confirm they are in hardship and supply a supporting statement along with a declaration that they cannot currently occupy their student accommodation.

3. Timescales

3.1 Due to the government requirement that the funds need to be allocated by 31st March 2021, the fund will be open for a limited time. The closing date is midnight on Sunday 28th February 2021.

3.2 Any applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the fund. Incomplete applications where supporting evidence is not received before the deadline will also not be considered for the fund.

4. Payment of awards

4.1 Awards will be calculated after the closing date and the amount granted to each student will depend on the number of applications received. Awards will be paid by BACs into account provided during the application process.

4.2 Successful applicants will receive a minimum award of £100 to help meet their hardship needs. Any students with further hardship needs will be encouraged to apply to the University Support Fund and any contribution from the Rent Assistance Scheme will be disregarded.

4.3 Students who are currently interrupted from their studies will still be eligible to apply providing they meet the scheme criteria.

4.4 The University’s decision on the allocation of the awards in accordance with these terms and conditions is final. There is no appeals process.

Care Leaver Bursary

Please note:
  • If your application is successful, your eligibility for the Care Leaver Bursary will be confirmed for the duration of the course (including any placement/sandwich/repeat years of study). However, the Student Finance Centre reserves the right to withdraw it in extreme circumstances (such as disciplinary action). You will be notified in writing in the unlikely event that this occurs.
  • You will not need to apply to get the Bursary in future years of your course but you will need to ensure your bank details are up-to-date.
  • A check will be carried out prior to each payment to ensure you are still in attendance on your course.
  • If your personal circumstances change, your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • You will not receive the award during any period of interrupted study.
  • If you transfer to another course or if you change mode of attendance (e.g. from full-time to part-time), your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • If you withdraw from the course your award will cease.
  • If you would like the payment(s) to be made into a different bank account, please contact us and provide a new bank statement (showing your name, account number and sort code) at least two weeks before the payment is scheduled.

Stand Alone Bursary

Please note:

  • If your application is successful, your eligibility for the Stand Alone Bursary will be confirmed for the duration of the academic year. You will need to re-apply in future years of your course and your eligibility will depend on your circumstances at the start of each academic year (including placement/sandwich/repeat years of study). However, the Student Finance Centre reserves the right to withdraw it in extreme circumstances (such as disciplinary action). You will be notified in writing in the unlikely event that this occurs.
  • A check will be carried out prior to each payment to ensure you are still in attendance on your course.
  • If your personal circumstances change, your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • You will not receive the award during any period of interrupted study.
  • If you transfer to another course or if you change mode of attendance (e.g. from full-time to part-time), your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • If you withdraw from the course your award will cease.
  • If you would like the payment(s) to be made into a different bank account, please contact us and provide a new bank statement (showing your name, account number and sort code) at least two weeks before the payment is scheduled.

Young Carer Bursary

Please note:

  • If your application is successful, your eligibility for the Young Carer Bursary will be confirmed for the duration of the academic year. You will need to re-apply in future years of your course and your eligibility will depend on your circumstances at the start of each academic year (including placement/sandwich/repeat years of study). However, the Student Finance Centre reserves the right to withdraw it in extreme circumstances (such as disciplinary action). You will be notified in writing in the unlikely event that this occurs.
  • A check will be carried out prior to each payment to ensure you are still in attendance on your course.
  • If your personal circumstances change, your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • You will not receive the award during any period of interrupted study.
  • If you transfer to another course or if you change mode of attendance (e.g. from full-time to part-time), your eligibility for the award will be reassessed.
  • If you withdraw from the course your award will cease.
  • If you would like the payment(s) to be made into a different bank account, please contact us and provide a new bank statement (showing your name, account number and sort code) at least two weeks before the payment is scheduled.

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