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Summer Hardship Fund

The Summer Hardship Fund is available to University of the Arts students attending a full time course, or a part time course that is studied at a minimum intensity of 50% of the full time course.


Students on any undergraduate, postgraduate or graduate diploma courses can apply for funding from the Summer Hardship Fund.

To be considered for this fund you must have a household income below £45,000 equivalent (per annum) and you will be required to provide evidence to confirm this.

Your application will be assessed against the priority groups listed, students:

  • with caring responsibilities
  • who are care leavers
  • with disabilities and chronic medical conditions
  • who are estranged from both parents
  • with significant debts
  • who have been a victim of fraud resulting in unexpected hardship
  • who were made the £1,000 UAL Bursary in the previous academic year, prior to undertaking the DPS/Placement year, for the current academic year
  • who have experienced exceptional unexpected circumstances which can be documented - may include but is not limited to costs incurred due to bereavement for a parent/guardian, within the last 12 months; loss of earnings; parent/guardians loss of earnings

Students who have been previously made an award from the University Hardship Fund for the 2021/22 academic year, must evidence a change of circumstances, as to why their circumstances merit additional financial support from the Summer Hardship Fund.

Applicants must declare all sources of income and must demonstrate that they have made suitable provision to fund their studies. Applications from students who cannot show the means to support themselves are unlikely to succeed.

Applicants in receipt of state benefits must declare and evidence all receipt of benefits, both within the bank statements, as well as benefit entitlement letter(s).

The minimum award we can pay is £500 and the maximum amount award a student can be made from the Summer Hardship Fund is £1,000.

The award is for maintenance only; no award will be made for tuition fees.


The Summer Hardship Fund is a means-tested grant to assist with study costs. It is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.


Applications for the Summer Hardship Fund must be made by filling in an online application form via the funding tab in the UAL Student Portal.

Applicants will receive the result by email, within 20 working days of us receiving their fully completed application form and/or supporting documents.

If you are unable to upload your supporting documents, please send your attachments via our funding student enquiry form.

Please do not post supporting documents.

Closing date: 18 September 2022.

Receiving payment

Successful applicants will receive payment via bank transfer. Further information to be provided after confirmation of funding.


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