Other hardship funds

The University's Student Financial Support Service administers a number of other hardship funds for students. If you have any further queries in relation to other hardship funds, please contact the team either by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Summer Vacation Hardship Fund

The University has set aside limited funds primarily to assist non-final year undergraduate students who are unable to work over the summer vacation period due to illness or disability. The Fund can also assists lone parents with dependent children during the period when there is no benefit entitlement. Please note, due to the limitations of the fund we are unable to cover all living costs.

Applications will open for students to apply to the Summer Vacation Hardship Fund from late May 2019.

Discretionary Hardship Fund applicants who may be eligible for Summer Vacation Hardship Funding will be sent a link to the online application when the fund opens (providing you gave us email consent at the time of your original application). Awards from the fund will not be paid until after the end of term. 

If you think you may be eligible, you can contact the fund administrators by email or on +44 (0)115 848 6135 / +44 (0)115 848 2521. 

Funding Delay Loans

If you are experiencing delays with your Student Finance payments and you have exhausted all other possible sources of funding, you may qualify for limited funding from the Emergency Loan Fund. To qualify for funding you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have submitted an application and all the necessary documentation to your national Student Finance Service
  • You must be actively chasing your National Student Finance service to secure your funds
  • You must have exhausted all other possible sources of funding (including overdraft facilities and loans from family)

This loan will only cover your basic food and travel needs. You will need to speak with one of our advisers to check the reason and likely length of the delay. Our advisers will assess your needs during the period until your funding arrives. Please be aware that all loans will need to be repaid immediately upon receipt of Student Finance Funding. 

Please note Funding Delay Loans are only available to eligible students who have received none of their Student Finance funding. We are unable to offer the Funding Delay Loan where a student has received partial funding. 

Advisers are available at the City Newton Student Services Centre, Clifton Student Centre and Brackenhurst Student Centre. For further guidance please contact the team either by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Further Education (FE) Bursary Funds

The University is allocated limited funding each year to assist further education students with travel and other course-related expenses (including childcare for those aged 20 and over as well as assistance towards accommodation costs for those Students who meet the eligibility criteria for a Residential Bursary). These funds are ordinarily allocated during the Autumn Term, further information and details on how to apply are available on our FE student funding page.

Email us if you need further information on the funding available or find out more about FE student funding.