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
- 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.
- a copy of your letter from Student Finance England showing how much student finance you’ll get
- documents about your finances eg bank statements and rent details
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 (external site)