University Hardship Fund

The University Hardship Fund (UHF) is available to provide support for home (i.e. UK) students experiencing financial difficulty.  The UHF is part of the University’s commitment to providing financial support to students to enable them to achieve their potential at the University.  The aim of the fund is to relieve financial hardship that might impact on a student’s participation at University, however there is no automatic entitlement to an award from the fund.

The UHF has two types of award, standard and non-standard awards.  For a Standard award an assessment of your income against allowable expenditure will be carried out to see if you are eligible for an award.  Non-standard awards are considered when a student doesn’t qualify for a standard award but has an unexpected expenditure during the year which results in them suffering hardship. 

Who is eligible?

UK undergraduate and postgraduate full and part-time students are eligible to apply.

When can I apply?

The opening date of UHF for academic year 2018/19 is 1 October 2018.  The closing dates will be:

  • Final year undergraduates - 29 March 2019 (DEADLINE NOW PASSED)
  • Continuing undergraduates - 30 April 2019
  • Postgraduates - 30 May 2019

How to apply

To apply to the fund please download the form and accompanying supplementary notes here:

For detailed information about the UHF and how awards are assessed please see the UHF Guidance 2018/19 (coming soon)‌.

Short-term loans

If your Student Loan has been delayed for any reason we may be able to offer you a small short-term loan from the fund to help towards your essential daily living costs (loans cannot be made to pay rent).  If you think you need to discuss a loan please attend one of our drop-in sessions to see a Money Adviser.

For more information on the UHF please email or telephone 0151 794 5863.