Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund is provided by the University to give discretionary financial assistance to UK students.

You may be eligible to make an application if you:

  • need help with unexpected financial difficulties or have a low income
  • are considering leaving higher education because of financial problems
  • are experiencing a delay in payment of your funding for living costs e.g. your student loan

Before making an application to the Hardship Fund students must have accessed all other sources of funding available to them. This means undergraduate students must be in receipt of the maximum statutory student finance (living cost loan and grant) to which they are entitled. The Hardship Fund cannot act as a main source of funding for postgraduate students so postgraduates must be able to demonstrate that they were adequately funded when they commenced their studies. The Hardship Fund is not a bursary or a scholarship and it cannot provide large sums for postgraduates who have made little or no financial provision for their studies.

The Hardship Fund cannot be used to pay tuition fees.

As the Hardship Fund is discretionary there is no guarantee that an applicant will receive funding; there is no entitlement or automatic right to funding and awards are based on the individual situation of each applicant.

Successful applicants can be receive either a non-repayable award or a loan. Loans will be issued where the applicant has a temporary cash flow problem.

If you are struggling with utility costs you might be interested to find out more about charity and trust funding which may be able to help. If you are worried about debts you have accrued and need help managing these you can contact the Student Advice Centre which is based in the Students' Union.