#CutTheCosts: Solent SU win £200,000 grant for additional course costs

Tuesday 15-03-2016 - 16:31

Students’ union president successfully lobbies university to create new fund to alleviate financial pressure on students.

Following a campaign from Solent SU, The Vice Chancellor’s Group at Southampton Solent University agreed to add £200,000 to support students with additional course costs.

Grants are being made on a sliding scale from £100 to £600 and are open to applications from all students, with priority being given to low-income first year students.

The fund considers covering the costs of compulsory additional course costs, like specific equipment, trips and exam fees, and also covers disability or medically specific equipment and final year project costs.

The additional course costs fund has been a reward for the dedication and hard work of the students’ union and its president Naomi Oiku, who had included it as a manifesto pledge.

More information on their campaign can be found here, and Solent students can apply for a Course Costs Grant here.

For advice or support on lobbying your institution, Naomi can be contacted on


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