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Overseas Student Hardship Fund

What is the Overseas Student Hardship Fund?

If you have experienced an unexpected financial emergency e.g. funeral costs or emergency house move, you can apply to the Overseas Student Hardship Fund for support. You will be asked to provide supporting evidence as proof of your circumstances and must apply for support no more than 4 weeks after you are made aware that you will incur the cost.

Awards made through this fund vary depending on your circumstances and the unexpected costs you have had to pay. All awards are made as a ‘one-off’ payment and most of our awards are capped so you may not receive the full amount of the costs you have incurred. Please be aware that we cannot consider any contributions towards tuition fees.

When can I apply?

The 2021 Overseas Student Hardship Fund will be open from 19 April 2021 and will close on 30 June 2021.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for the fund, you will first need to contact The <i> on 01772 895000 or via email at to inform us of your situation and staff will be able to recommend the most suitable course of action. If we feel your case requires further consideration, an appointment will be made for you to speak with one of our experienced advisors. During this appointment we will discuss your circumstances with you to see if this fund would be the most suitable form of support and if so, how you can continue the application process.


In order to apply for the Overseas Student Hardship Fund, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• If you are an international student, you must be studying a full time undergraduate or postgraduate course, including sandwich courses and any period of placement.
• If you are an EU student, you must be studying either a full time or part time undergraduate or postgraduate course, including sandwich courses and any period of placement.
• You must be currently residing in the UK.
• You must be fully enrolled.

Supporting Evidence

As part of your application you will be asked to provide supporting evidence to prove your eligibility for support and the costs that you have incurred. You may be asked to upload the supporting evidence as part of the application process or contacted after you have submitted your application to tell you what evidence you will need to supply to progress your application for support.

If you are asked to send any evidence by email, we ask that you provide good quality, scanned copies of your documents. Where you do not have access to a scanner, we will accept photo screenshots, but they must be good quality and capture all the requested information. You can download the TinyScanner app for free which allows you to use your smartphone as a scanner. Please also see Adobe's guide on how to convert and combine PDF's.

We reserve the right to reject evidence that is not good quality, or where the requested information is not clear and legible.

We will always give you a 2-week period of time in which to supply the evidence that is needed for your application. This is a flexible timeframe and can be extended upon request. Failure to supply the evidence requested in the time frame provided may affect the outcome of your application and can result in your application being closed.

If you are not able to scan your evidence because of a disability, long term condition or another specific reason, please contact us so that we can advise you on the best way to get your evidence to us.

Applications are processed in the order in which they are received and any delays in providing the requested evidence will result in a delay in your application being assessed.


If you disagree with the outcome of your assessment, please contact us so that we can arrange an appointment to go through the assessment with you. If after this, you wish to dispute the decision, please complete an appeal form so that it can be looked into further.