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Types of Award

There are different types of Hardship Fund awards, each type dependent on your situation:

Standard Awards

In order to qualify for a standard Hardship Fund award, you will have to demonstrate a shortfall between your income and essential expenditure. Our Standard Awards range from £100 to £2,500 depending on your circumstances. Payments are usually made as a lump sum into your nominated bank account.

You must complete the Blackbullion Budgeting module prior to submitting an application for support. If you are not already registered with Blackbullion, please register today using your UCLan email address. The Budgeting module can be found in the Uni Life section of the Blackbullion Library.

Students are awarded 50% of their total shortfall up to the capped level. Students may receive an additional payment if there is enough budget remaining at the end of the academic year. Applicants will be contacted if they are due to receive any further payments. Further payments are not guaranteed and should be relied on as part of your budget..

Non-Standard Awards

Non-Standard awards are a one-off payment made for students who must pay exceptional costs that other students may not incur.

Students who can demonstrate that they will have to withdraw from their course due to financial reasons may also be considered.

If you have experienced an unexpected financial emergency, e.g. funeral costs or emergency house move, please apply to the hardship fund (link) for ‘non-standard’ support. After your initial application has been reviewed by an advisor, you will be asked to provide supporting evidence as proof of your circumstances. You must apply for support no more than 4 weeks after you are made aware that you will incur the cost.

We can consider non-standard hardship fund applications at any point in the academic year. If the standard hardship fund is closed, you will need to contact The <i> to be given permission to submit an application outside of the standard opening times. Depending on the situation, non-standard awards can usually be dealt with quicker than standard awards.

Non-standard awards vary depending on your circumstances and the unexpected costs you have incurred. We cap most of our non-standard awards so you may not receive the full amount of the costs you have incurred.

If you are at all unsure about whether you will qualify for non-standard support or have an emergency situation, please contact The <i> by Email: or by Telephone on 01772 895000 to speak to one of our experienced advisors.

We may make changes to the way we assess students each academic year to meet the demands on our designated hardship budget. If you are a returning student, please ensure that you read the What's new this Academic Year page so that you can see how this may affect your eligibility for support and potential award.

For Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: