Student Finance

 

Funding Delays

Each year, for a range of reasons, some students may not have their student finance in place when they arrive at University. Reasons for funding delays can include:

  • Late applications to Student Finance England (SFE), Wales (SFW), Northern Ireland (SFNI) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS);
  • Not supplying additional evidence requested by SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS;
  • Not signing and returning your “Declaration”;
  • Not providing a National Insurance Number;
  • Not completing the “Loan Request Form”.

If your funding is going to be delayed for any reason, there are several steps you can take to help you manage the first few weeks:

  • Contact SFE to get regular updates on what you need to do and when your funding will be released;
  • Open a Student Bank Account with an interest free overdraft;
  • Contact the Income Office or your landlord to explain the situation and try to negotiate a new payment date for any accommodation fees or rent;
  • Find some part-time work by registering with the Kent Union Jobshop;
  • Apply to the University for an Emergency Short Term Loan from the Access to Learning Fund.

Student Finance Contact Details

If you need to contact Student Finance England, their telephone number is 0300 100 0607. Alternatively, you can log into your Student Finance England account online.

If you need to contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, their telephone number is 0300 555 0505. Alternatively, you can email them using the form here or you can log into your online account here.

If you need to contact Student Finance Wales, their telephone number is 0300 200 4050. Alternatively, you can log into your online account here.

If you need to contact Student Finance Northern Ireland, their telephone number is 0300 100 0077. Alternatively, you can log into your online account here.

We allow students to use our telephones in the Financial Aid Office at the Canterbury Campus, or in the Medway Finance Office at the Medway Campus. You will need to have your customer reference number and your secret password to hand.

No moneyEmergency Short Term Loan

If you have not received your first payment from Student Finance England (SFE), Wales (SFW), Northern Ireland (SFNI) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) at the start of term, you can apply for an interim Emergency Short Term Loan (ESTL) from the Access to Learning Fund of up to £80 for each week that your funding has been delayed by. The maximum that a student can receive in any one application is £320, of which only £80 can be given as cash. Further details can be found in the Information Sheet, below.

You will need to complete and sign a short application form and provide documentary evidence to show that SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS are considering you for funding for living costs.

Take your completed application form, and evidence to the Financial Aid Office in Room G43, The Registry (Canterbury Campus) or the Medway Finance Office in the Medway Building (Medway Campus).

You will be required to contact Student Finance England to get an update on your application, so you will need to make sure you have your customer reference number and secret password to hand.

 

Useful Links

 

Finance Department, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

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Last Updated: 30/07/2018