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Solidarity fund offers financial support for returning students

A local charity is offering to help returning students who may struggle to pay for accommodation.

The Manx Solidarity Fund will provide up to £250 to help students - who can prove a genuine financial need, cover costs whilst self-isolating.

The fund aims to deliver support to residents and organisations facing difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under new restrictions, when someone travels to the Island from the UK - their whole household will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

However, the government will contribute £250 per week towards the cost of private accommodation if people don’t wish to isolate at home.

Students returning to the Island for Christmas may apply for assistance, if they can demonstrate a need for additional financial support.
The Fund will provide up to a maximum of £250 to qualifying applicants. 

As part of the Manx Solidarity Fund’s due diligence process, all applications from students will be processed and checked in conjunction with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture’s Student Awards team.

The additional support will only be provided to those eligible students staying in accommodation that is listed on the Isle of Man Government’s ‘Select Accommodation Isolation List'. 

The list of properties can be found on its Covid-19 page here.

Applications for the Manx Solidarity Fund support can only be made via its online portal, which can also be accessed here.

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