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Hardship Fund - Non-Standard

A one-off payment made for UK/Home students who must pay exceptional costs that other students may not incur (e.g. funeral costs or emergency house move) and who subsequently find themselves in Financial Hardship.

Key Facts

Type of award: Fund
Value: (for details see below)
Application deadline/process: (see below for details)


The Hardship Fund - 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 for this ‘non-standard’ support.

If you are at all unsure about whether you will qualify for non-standard support or have an emergency situation, please contact Student Support by Email: or by Telephone on +44 (0)1772 895000 to speak to one of our experienced advisors.

How is the value received? 

Payments are usually made as a lump sum by bank transfer into your nominated bank account.

The value of the 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. 


The Hardship Fund is for UK/Home students registered on a course

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

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

Excludes the following programme: Degree Apprenticeship. 

Eligibility criteria and way that we assess students is subject to change each academic year, once you have commenced your studies with us you can refer to the latest information on the student portal.

How to apply?

Once you have commenced your studies with us you can apply through the university student portal.  

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 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.

Student Criteria

This scholarship / bursary is available to the following :

Eligible study levels

Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Research

Eligible countries

United Kingdom (UK)