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University Hardship Fund

The University Hardship Fund is available to all students on any undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2020-21. The UAL Equipment Hardship Fund can support students who may need financial support to purchase equipment to access online learning.


Students who are on any undergraduate or postgraduate course can apply, but you should check the detailed eligibility requirements on the application form.

All undergraduate students will need to have a student finance assessment of household income that is below £42,000 to be eligible for a payment from this fund.

Students who have already applied and been successfully awarded the University Hardship Fund in 2019-20 academic year (repeat applicants), but are now experiencing unforeseen circumstances can re-apply for the Summer Fund.

New applications are welcome from undergraduate continuing students and postgraduate students with Home, EU and International fee status, who are experiencing exceptional unforeseen circumstances such as:

  • homelessness
  • inability to work due to disability and/or chronic medical conditions
  • inability to work due to childcare
  • priority debts (students should be referred to Student Advisers for debt advice).

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


University Hardship Fund

Repeat (successful) applicants do not need to complete a new University Hardship application but must provide:

  • most recent 3 months of bank statements for all accounts
  • evidence of unforeseen circumstances
  • personal statement explaining their circumstances.

New applicants need to complete a full application and provide all supporting evidence relevant to the 2020-21 academic year, which will be assessed as a standard application and awarded 40% of the shortfall.

Applications can be made via the

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

Completed application forms and supporting documents should be sent via email only to Applicants should not post completed application forms and documents.

UAL Equipment Hardship Fund

Where access to remote learning is restricted, your course team will seek to make adjustments to your learning and assessment to ensure you can engage in your course.

If the solution to ensuring you can engage in your course requires purchasing technology, such as a laptop, and/or internet access, the University may be able to provide financial support up to £500 to students who have a family household income below £42,000.

Please download and complete the form and then email to your course leader:

Receiving payment

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


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