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 fund is currently open for the summer vacation.


Who can apply?



PG students can apply if you think you will not have enough money to cover essential expenditure, this can be because you are struggling to pay day-to-day costs such as rent or bills.  Alternatively, it maybe due to a one-off exceptional cost that you could not have foreseen and it is causing you hardship eg additional travel home due to family illness or caring.  Please note to be eligible, PG students must be able to demonstrate that they made provision to fund both their tuition fees and living costs prior to starting the course.

The UHF cannot help pay tuition fees regardless of the situation.  



It is expected that the majority of undergraduate students will be working during the summer vacation to cover their living costs and will not be eligible to apply to the UHF.  In certain exceptional circumstances, applications to the fund will be accepted, for further details please refer to the summer guidance  (please do not complete the application form until you have read the guidance.  If you do not meet the eligibility criteria please email for further advice.


How to apply?

Please click on link below:


Closing dates:


15th July 2022


Please fill in all sections on the application form.  There is a supporting statement section which asks you to detail why you are applying to the UHF including whether you have any exceptional circumstances you would like us to consider, you should also detail here why you meet the criteria for applying during the summer vacation.  Please give as much detail as possible on this section.


On each page of the form you will be asked to upload documents to support your application, you should try to submit all of the requested evidence (not submitting documents will delay your application as we will need to contact you to request).  Documents can only be accepted in PDF format, if you need help with this please email


Once we receive your form, a Money Adviser will check all documents have been submitted and using the UHF Guidance, the application will be assessed.


As part of the UHF process the adviser 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.


How long will it take to assess my application?

We aim to assess complete applications within 20 working days (when additional documentation is requested the 20-day period will start from when the last piece of evidence is received).  At busy times the assessment times may be longer.

Once the assessment is complete you will be notified of the outcome by email to your University of Liverpool email address.  If your application has been successful the email will contain details on the amount of award and when you will receive it.  If your application has been unsuccessful we will include a breakdown of income and expenditure used in the calculation and the appeals process.

Hardship Fund Privacy Notice

Please see Student Services Confidentiality statement: Student Services confidentiality statement

For any queries regarding the UHF please email:

If you have any financial concerns you can email: – UK students – overseas and EU students



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.