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Tuesday 19 November

Student Money Advice Service

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Learning Support Fund

The Learning Support Fund is in place to help support Home/EU students with payments for study related goods and activities that a student might not be able to afford otherwise.

As this is a discretionary fund we cannot guarantee all students will receive an award and priority will be given to the following groups:

  • Low household income under £25,000
  • Lone parents
  • Care leavers/Estranged students
  • Disabled students
  • Carers

The Learning Support Fund can assist with the following costs:

  • Help with the cost of a diagnostic test and the £200 equipment contribution to Disabled Students Allowance
  • Essential course related equipment (laptops, specialist equipment and materials for major submissions)
  • Placement Travel costs for students not in receipt of any other support for this
  • Course Enrichment such as UK field Trips, volunteering, conferences, exhibitions etc

Please note that for support towards overseas experiences/ field trips students must now apply to the ARU Go! International Fund.

Eligibility for the Learning Support Fund

Students who satisfy all of the following are eligible to apply:

  • Home/EU students (paying full fees of at least £9000 for a Bachelor’s degree, £7500 for a HND/Foundation degree or part time equivalent)
  • Core Anglia Ruskin University students (not those who are studying at one of our partner institutions)
  • Those on undergraduate courses (full/part time) leading to a recognised qualification
  • Those from a low-income family (with a household income of £42,875 or below) – not applicable for help with diagnostic testing/£200 top up

The following categories of students are not eligible to apply to the Learning Support Fund:

  • Students who are studying at our partner institutions
  • Students whose course is sponsored by an employer
  • Students repeating without attendance
  • Continuing students studying on an NHS bursary supported course (i.e. BSc Nursing, Midwifery or DipHE ODP) who started before 1st August 2017
  • International students
  • Postgraduate students
  • Distance learners

Help with diagnostic testing and £200 equipment contribution

If you have had a screening with Study Support for dyslexia/dyspraxia, and have been advised you should have a full diagnostic assessment and need to make a contribution of £310, we can still help with this cost if you satisfy the eligibility criteria.

We will require a completed application to the Learning Support Fund (below) and a confirmation email from Student Support that you have attended a screening and been recommended for a full diagnostic test if applying for the support towards the cost of a diagnostic test.

If subsequently you are awarded Disabled Students Allowance and need to make a £200 contribution, we should also be able to help with this cost. We would require a copy of your DSA 2 support letter confirming who your supplier is. If you are applying for this support only you will be required to complete an application form below.

Help with essential course equipment, placement travel and course enrichment

Eligible students can apply for a variety of support via the Learning Support Fund. The fund cannot be used to cover costs such as text books, stationary, clothing, daily travel to campus etc.

The list below is not exhaustive and you should discuss any need with the Student Money Advice Service if you are not sure of your eligibility:

  • Course Enrichment such as UK field Trips, UK volunteering, UK conferences, UK exhibitions etc (overseas experiences can be applied for via our NEW Go! International Fund)
  • Essential course related equipment (laptops, specialist equipment and materials for major submissions)
  • Placement Travel costs for students not in receipt of any other support for this (i.e. NHS Learning Support Fund, NHS Social Work bursary, support via their faculty or any other support)

How to apply for the ARU Learning Support Fund

The Learning Support Fund is currently closed and will reopen in the new academic year.

*Continuing students can still apply during the summer for support towards diagnostic testing and the £200 DSA contribution.

Students claiming the “Placement Travel Bursary” (i.e. Paramedic Science Students) must have made a main application before their relevant closing date above but can still submit completed Placement Travel Bursary forms after this date up to and including 30 days after the month in which placement was attended.

If you have any further questions on the Learning Support Fund and support for diagnostic testing and equipment in particular eligibility and how the assessment/payments work please contact the Student Money Advice Service: