Hardship Fund

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 Hardship Support Fund is due to open on Monday 10 October and you will be able to apply through the online portal via Blackbullion. To be eligible to apply you must be fully enrolled, have been assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) and have had your first maintenance loan payment paid.

It is for students who have made adequate provision to support their study and living costs, but who require financial assistance due to an unexpected and significant short-term situation outside their control.

It is limited and is not intended as a source of income but rather as a safety net for students in financial difficulty. It cannot support a student for the duration of their studies, nor meet all expenditure.

The Hardship Fund can only assist with a contribution to core living costs. It cannot help with the payment of tuition fees. Each application is assessed on individual need and there is no guarantee that an award will be made or will be on the same levels as in previous years.

Students may be able to source some extra support through various trusts and charities. Please refer to the Student Money and Accommodation Advice team's information sheet: Educational trusts and charities
 
If you're struggling with energy costs you might be able to receive certain benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers.
 
You can also find information on financial help with energy and water bills at turn2us.
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