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University and college hardship funds

You could get extra money from your university or college if you’re experiencing financial hardship. You may be, for example:

  • a student with children, especially single parents
  • a mature student with existing financial commitments
  • from a low-income family
  • disabled
  • a student that was previously in care (a ‘care leaver’)
  • homeless or living in a foyer

What you’ll get

The amount you can get is decided by your university or college. It’s paid in a lump sum or instalments.

You usually won’t have to pay the money back, but in some cases you’ll get a loan that you have to repay.

How to apply

Contact the student services department at your university or college - they’ll decide if you qualify.

You’ll need:

Note: Money from your university or college won’t usually be counted as income when working out your entitlement to benefits or tax credits, unless it’s for day-to-day living costs.

For further information, visit:

Extra money to pay for university



Last Updated 31/12/2020

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