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Financial Assistance Fund (FAF)

What is it -  The UCL Financial Assistance Fund (UCL-FAF) provides discretionary financial assistance for students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulty.

UCL-FAF is intended to act as a safety-net for those in financial difficulty and therefore cannot be considered a main, major nor replacement for statutory sources of funding.

Who can apply – Students who may be considering leaving UCL because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply.

· Full-time or part-time students;

· Home(UK), EU or International students;

· Only currently registered UCL students;

· You must have paid (or be able to pay) your tuition fees in full;

· You can be at any level of study (Undergraduate, Taught Masters or Research);

· You can be on a Placement or on Study Abroad;

· University Preparatory Certificate in the Language Centre students are eligible;

· CRS may occasionally be considered, but on a discretionary basis

When – UCL-FAF applications can be accepted from 26 September 2016 until 7 July 2017 subject to the following constraints:

· If you are an undergraduate Home (UK) student, you must have applied for your maximum student loan entitlement and have received your first instalment before submitting an application;

· If you have just started your programme at UCL, you must have completed a minimum of one term of your current programme before you apply: this applies to all Undergraduates, Taught Masters and Research students. You will be eligible to apply from the start of your second term;

· Continuing students (Year 2 onwards) may apply from the start of the academic year;

· Applications will be accepted throughout the academic year.

How – Please read the Guidance Notes, and then submit an Application form, Budget Planner and any supporting documents to the Student Funding Office via e-mail.

Please Note:

· It may be necessary for you to attend an interview, If this is required, the interview will be conducted by the Head of Student Funding and/or the Student Funding Manager;

· Awards are made in a single payment in GBP to a UK bank account or via a cheque;

· Unsuccessful applications cannot be appealed;

· Awards are made towards maintenance costs only;

· The SFO considers your application and data to be confidential.

· We are happy to answer your queries, please see email link above.