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In order to apply for the Hardship fund, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:


The Hardship Fund is for UK/Home students registered on a course. A UK/Home student is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions (the same conditions apply to eligibility for external student funding support, for example, the maintenance loan). Usually this means you have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK, and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for four years prior to the start of your course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Overseas and EU students who are eligible for tuition fee support will not receive a recommendation for support from the Hardship Fund. For further information on support available if you are an EU or Overseas Student please contact The Student Union Advice and Representation Centre or The <i> Student Information and Support Centre.

Students Union Advice and representation centre Email:  / Telephone: 01772 89 4880

The <i> Student Information and Support Centre Email: / Telephone: 01772 89 5000

The criteria detailed below defines the UK/Home students that can apply to the Hardship Fund:

1) Undergraduate students, either full time or part time, including part time distance learners, following a higher education course, including sandwich courses and any period of placement. All students who study part-time courses on or after 1 September 2012 are required to study at least 25 per cent (30 credits) FTE in each year.

2) Full-time and part-time students on a postgraduate course (including distance learners) following a course that is a minimum of 1 year, and providing that part-time postgraduate students are studying at least 50% per academic year for courses starting before 1 September 2012 and 25% per each academic year for courses starting on or after 1 September 2012 of a full-time equivalent course.

3) NHS students eligible to apply for an NHS bursary or training grant.

Students who have interrupted their studies

If you are a ‘UK/Home’ student who has not permanently withdrawn from your studies and you intend to return after your time out, you can still apply to UCLan for support from the Hardship Fund. For example, if you are unable to attend your course for health or caring reasons or another unavoidable circumstance, you can apply for help.

Priority Groups

Not all students that are eligible to apply to the Hardship Fund will be eligible for an award.
Students in financial hardship that fall into one or more of our agreed ‘priority groups’ may be more likely to receive an award. These are as follows:

  1. Students with children, especially lone parents.
  2. Students that can demonstrate that they have existing financial commitments, including priority debts (if you are unsure whether your debts are ‘priority debts’, please see the Student Union Advice and Representation Centre Money webpages for more information and support or contact them for further guidance.
  3. Students who are homeless.
  4. Students with caring responsibilities.
  5. Students receiving the final year maintenance loan rate who are in financial difficulty.
  6. Students with compulsory placements.

If you are a single student on a standard undergraduate course who does not fall into any of the priority groups above, it is unlikely that you will qualify for support. Please use one of our online eligibility calculators below to see whether you are likely to receive an award before submitting an application.

If you have a set of circumstances that is not covered by the priority groups above, please contact the <i> on 01772 895000 or at to speak to one of our experienced advisors.

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.

Unfortunately, students on Degree Apprenticeship courses are not eligible to apply for the Hardship Fund. We recommend that you contact the Students' Union Advice Centre for further advice about any additional financial support that may be available.

Financial Support Enquiries:
Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: