The Hardship Support Fund provides financial support to help you to access and remain in higher education, and can help alleviate unexpected financial hardship.
The Summer Hardship Fund is now closed.
If you are a care leaver or estranged student, unable to work due to ill health or a disability, a carer for a child, relative, partner, or other adult, or are undertaking an unpaid placement as part of your studies, you may be able to apply to the Summer Hardship Fund. The summer fund works in the same way as the the Hardship Support Fund. It provides financial support to help you to access and remain in higher education, and can help alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Summer Hardship Fund payments can be used to help with course-related costs such as childcare costs, books, materials, and travel, and general living costs such as rent, food, and utility costs. Payments can also be used to meet exceptional costs, such as repairs to essential household equipment, assistance with priority debts, and other emergency situations that arise. The fund is not designed to meet the cost of tuition fees. You will need to explain any of the above in your personal statement. Fully completed application forms and documents need to be submitted to your Student Hub. Your Student Hub cannot process incomplete forms, or forms where documents are missing. It is the aim to assess applications within 4 weeks of submission, although this could be longer during busy periods.