Hardship Fund

Both Universities run hardship funds to support students in financial difficulty.

To find out more, click on your university name below:

 

The University of Exeter

What is it?

The University’s Hardship & Retention Fund is designed to:

  • Assist students who face unforeseen financial problems during their course;
  • Provide help to meet course-related costs such as childcare, books/equipment, travel or general living costs such as rent.

Most awards from the Fund are in the form of grants, although some short-term loans may be available to meet temporary hardship, such as delayed Student Maintenance Loan or severe cash-flow problems.

Who can apply?

Eligibility is restricted to home fee status undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of their course. 

How to apply

Applications should be made online. 

Register and apply to the Hardship and Retention Fund.

When can I apply?

Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.

How are awards calculated?

Students may receive one of two types of awards:

  • ‘Standard’ help may be given to meet course related costs such as childcare, books/equipment, travel or for general living costs.
  • ‘Non-Standard’ help may be available in a crisis situation, such as the repair of essential household equipment or for travel home for serious family illness or bereavement.

Can I get some help in preparing my application?

Yes, you can speak to an FXU adviser.  To make an appointment phone 01326 255861.  Before attending an appointment, you should complete as much of the online application form as possible and collate the evidence that you intend attaching to your application.  You should also try to write a first draft of your ‘supporting statement’.

Register and apply to the Hardship and Retention fund.

The University recommends that students use Firefox for completing applications - this should be free to download.

 

Falmouth University

What is it?

The University’s Hardship Fund is designed to:

  • Assist students who face unforeseen financial problems during their course;
  • Provide help to meet course-related costs such as childcare, books/equipment, travel or general living costs such as rent.

Most awards from the Fund do not have to be repaid.

The Fund cannot be used to meet the cost of tuition fees.

Who can apply?

All students registered at Falmouth University during the year of application are eligible to apply.

This includes:

  • All enrolled students
  • All intermitting students
  • UK, international and EU students and students from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man

Students from outside of the UK are expected to have adequate financial provision for any unexpected circumstances.  Therefore, awards for these students are capped at £600 per year.

Students enrolled on affiliate courses (e.g. DIME and the Foundation Degree at Bodmin College) are not eligible to apply. These students should contact their host institutions.

Ordinarily, the University would expect a student to apply just once during the academic year.  However, where a student experiences a further significant change of circumstances during the year, they may submit a second application.

To find out more and to access an application form, click here.

Can I get some help in preparing my application?

Yes, you can speak to an FXU adviser.  To make an appointment phone 01326 255861.  Before attending an appointment, you should complete as much of the application form as possible and collate the evidence that you intend attaching to your application.  You should also try to write a first draft of your ‘supporting statement’.

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