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How the Hardship Fund is Assessed

Standard Hardship Fund Applications are assessed by looking at your income versus your expenditure over the course of an academic year (either 39 weeks for standard courses or 52 weeks for long courses).

We will only consider essential expenditure and may not always use your exact costs in our calculations. We cap some figures such as rent and living costs using the recommended regional figures provided by the National Association of Student Money Advisors (NASMA).

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 of our website so that you can see how this may affect your eligibility for support and potential award.

Please read our How you are assessed guide for a more detailed explanation on how we assess hardship fund applications.  


Application Processing Times

You will receive either a phone call or email to discuss your application and evidence requirements within 10 working days of submitting your application to the hardship fund. You will then be given 2 weeks to provide the evidence needed to assess your application.

From the date that all mandatory evidence has been received, checked and verified, your application will then be processed by an assessor and a decision made about your eligibility for support within a further 10 working days.

This means that the process should not take longer than 6 weeks, however, delays in providing the requested mandatory evidence and the number of applications we receive at certain points in the academic year may affect our processing times. We will communicate any delays in processing to you and will ensure that you remain supported during the time it takes for us to process your application.

You must complete the Blackbullion Budgeting 101 module prior to submitting an application for support. Applications for standard support from the Hardship Fund that are submitted without completing this module will be automatically declined. If you have an emergency financial situation, please contact The <i> to speak to an advisor before submitting an application so that we can advise you on the best route for support (01772 895000). If you are not already registered with Blackbullion, please register today using your UCLan email address. The Budgeting 101 module can be found in the Uni Life section of the Blackbullion Library.