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.  


Please note, we are currently only able to accept UHF applications by email and normal closing dates will apply. 

Before submitting, please ensure you read, and adhere to, the Guidance on submitting University Hardship fund applications by email.

If you have already submitted an application form it will be assessed as soon as possible.  All applications and queries should be sent to


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.

Alternatively, £25 cash loans are available from the Guild Advice Centre.  Please call 0151 794 6868 for information.