University Hardship Fund


The University Hardship Fund (UHF) is available to support students experiencing financial difficulties.  The fund is open to UK, overseas and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students. 


The UHF is administered by Money Advice and Guidance and we will consider applications for standard and non-standard awards.  Standard awards are made in cases where income isn’t sufficient to cover basic allowable living costs.


Non-standard awards can be made in cases where a student has had an unexpected cost during the year that could not have been foreseen.


The fund cannot consider help towards tuition fees in any cases


As part of the UHF process MAG will look at your income and expenditure and ensure you are receiving all of the student loans/grants and other income that you may be entitled to.  We may need to ask questions about your finances, these questions are not intended to be intrusive but we need to understand your full financial situation.


The fund will open on Monday 4 October 2021


Closing dates:


Undergraduates – 6 May 2022

Postgraduates – 15 July 2022


You can apply to the fund at any stage during this time but please do not wait until you have run out of money.


Applications normally take 20 working days to process (providing all documentation is provided to support your application).  At busy times the assessment times may be longer.


For any queries regarding the UHF please email:


Before applying to the UHF, students should read the Hardship fund guidance 2021 which provides further details on the application process.


To apply to the hardship fund:


  • Create a OneDrive with your supporting evidence, and share this with . If you are unsure of how to do this, or what evidence you need to provide, please use the instuctions for sharing . Please note we cannot accept screenshots of bank accounts from laptops or phones, or data exported to excel spreadsheets. All banks provide monthly pdf statements, accessible via online banking.
  • After sharing your evidence, please complete the UHF application form (please do not submit this form before sharing your evidence) - You must be logged into your MWS account. The application will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, so please ensure you set aside enough time.


Speak to a Money Advice and Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find an answer to your query on our web pages email or book an online confidential one-one appointment.