Discretionary Hardship Fund

The NTU Discretionary Hardship Fund is an amount of money available to eligible students who are suffering financial hardship. 

To be eligible to apply to the fund, you need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be studying at least 25% of an equivalent full-time programme at Higher Education level
  • be fully enrolled and attending your course
  • meet the residency criteria to be classed as a 'home' student for fees and funding purposes
  • have applied for the maximum Student Loan you are entitled to.

The fund is cash limited and demand is high. Support is income-assessed and based on a shortfall between income and expenditure. Priority will be given to the following target groups: disabled students; care leavers; students who are estranged from their family; and students who are unable to work due to illness or disability.

The fund is intended to supplement your main source of funding. However, it cannot be relied upon as a sole or main source of financial support, and is not intended to support your tuition fees. Postgraduate students are expected to have made full provision to cover tuition fees and other living- or course-related costs for their studies, and should therefore only apply in cases where there has been an unexpected and unavoidable change of financial circumstances during their studies.

You can submit an application to the Discretionary Hardship Fund once you are fully enrolled, at any time between the following dates:

  • 18 September - 8 December 2017
  • 8 January - 23 March 2018
  • 9 April - 18 May 2018

We are only able to assess an application once we have received a completed application and all requested supporting evidence.

If you submit an application outside of these dates, it will not be assessed until the fund reopens for the next round of submissions. Please note that the final date for submitting an application for the 2017/18 academic year is 18 May 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. 

Apply for the Discretionary Hardship Fund

If you wish to speak to someone about the Discretionary Hardship Fund please contact the Fund Administrators on +44 (0)115 848 6135 / 82521 or alternatively contact the Student Financial Support Service, on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Further information

If you have any further queries with regard to your eligibility to apply or the application process, or if you have any problems providing your documents, please contact the fund administrators or call on +44 (0)115 848 6135 / +44 (0)115 848 2494.