Postgraduate study

Hardship Support Fund

  • Available to all postgraduate students who experience unanticipated and serious financial difficulties.
  • Both campuses
  • UK/EU and international students
  • Variable
  • Master's and research

We understand the stress and worry these can cause, and various sources of hardship support may be available to help you through a difficult period.

If you are in financial hardship you might be able to get some help from a hardship fund. The Hardship Fund is aimed at helping all students who experience difficultly throughout their university life. 

We have advisers who can help you whatever the reason. 

What is the Hardship Fund?

The Hardship Fund (HF) is provided by the University as a safety net for students in unforeseen financial difficulty despite having received all financial support available to them. It is not a main source of support. The fund cannot help with tuition fee payments. You need only make one application in any academic year, unless you experience a further change of circumstances. Not all applications will be successful. The maximum award is £2,500. Decisions are made by the Assistant Registrar. 

What kind of awards can be made?

Any assistance is normally a non-repayable grant and will be assessed as either a ‘standard’ or ‘non-standard’ award. Where appropriate a loan may be offered. Any awards are paid by bank transfer.

Standard awards

Standard awards are assessed by calculating the difference between your expected provision (from income and/or capital) and standardised living costs to identify any shortfall. Successful applicants will receive either the amount requested or the calculated standard award, whichever is the lower, up to a maximum of £2,500

Non-standard awards

In exceptional circumstances non-standard awards may be paid even though there may be no calculated shortfall. For example - emergency situations, emergency flights home, unexpected costs due to ill health. The amount of assistance is discretionary, up to a maximum of £2,500. International students are generally considered for a non-standard award.

Emergency loans

Small short-term loans, available from Student Support Centre, may be available in emergencies. It is important that these loans are repaid by the agreed date.

Application procedure

Further information on eligibility criteria and application procedures for the Hardship Fund and Bursaries is available from the Student Support Centre (Tel 01509 222058).

The necessary forms can be obtained from the Student Support Centre website.

Get in touch with an advisor

Loughborough campus: visit the Bridgeman Building between Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, call 01509 222058, or email 

London campus: call 020 3818 0777 to make an appointment or email