Digital support fund
Additional funding has been secured to re-open applications for the Digital Support Fund after 46 grants of £500 were awarded to students in October 2020.
The Digital Support Fund is a support fund to help students with the associated costs of online learning and study.
There are limited grants of £500 per student, designed to provide financial support towards internet connectivity, specialist software as well as IT related study equipment costs. The £500 can be used as a contribution to buying a laptop and peripherals (mouse, keyboard, extra monitor, router, dongle etc.) or for paying broadband bills.
The University of Reading is committed to ensuring that none of our applicants is disadvantaged in accessing our undergraduate degree programmes because of their background. We recognise that some students are more likely than their peers to face barriers to higher education, through no fault of their own.
This digital support fund is designed to provide financial support for applicants who live in areas of the United Kingdom with high levels of deprivation and low participation in Higher Education and whose assessed taxable household income is below £27,000.
This fund has been made possible thanks to the generous support of University of Reading donors, many of whom were once students at Reading themselves. We are grateful to Santander Universities for their substantial contribution.
Who can apply?
To apply for the Digital Support Fund, you must:
- Be a first year or a returning student on any undergraduate course; and
- Be a permanent resident of the UK; and
- Live in an area with low participation in Higher Education (defined as Polar4 Quintile 1, 2 or 3); and
- Be assessed by your Student Finance Authority as eligible for financial support and have an assessed household taxable income of below £27,000.
How can I check my postcode?
Enter your home address postcode into the Office for Students postcode checker.
For the purposes of meeting the eligibility of this fund you should check that the POLAR 4 quintile is 1 or 2, view an example.
How to apply?
Please read our Guidance notes before you begin your application online.
What if I am not eligible for the Digital Support Fund?
If you are having financial difficulties and you now unexpectedly need to purchase new IT related equipment, please look at our Student Support Fund, which may be able to support you. The Student Support Fund can now provide £500 awards from the Student Support Funds to students in financial hardship that are not eligible for the Digital Support Fund for example international and postgraduate students who need to purchase IT related equipment and/or peripherals (mouse, keyboard, extra monitor, router, dongle etc.) and/or connectivity services. This award if given will not contribute to the maximum award limits set within the Student Support Funds guidance notes.