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Student administration

City, University of London Hardship Fund

The City, University of London Hardship Fund is funded by City, University of London and the City Future Fund and provides discretionary financial assistance for students who are in financial hardship or who face an unexpected financial emergency whilst they are studying.

Eligibility criteria

Students must meet all of the eligibility criteria below:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time students (at least 50% of a full-time equivalent course) at City, University of London
  • Students must apply for all eligible sources of funding before applying to the City Hardship Fund, this would include means tested maintenance loans and grants, NHS Student Bursary, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Council Tax Reduction
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students must be able to demonstrate that they have made reasonable provision to cover their tuition fees and living expenses, evidence is required
  • Students must be paid their first instalment of their Student Finance before applying to the City Hardship Fund
  • Students must not have any outstanding tuition fees due to City when making their application to the City Hardship Fund. No financial support can be provided towards payment of tuition fees under any circumstances.
  • You can apply only once during the academic year.

Assessment and notification

  • Applications can only be assessed once the online application form and all required supporting documents have been submitted. Please allow up to four weeks for processing
  • Applications are assessed in the order of receipt.
  • Both a financial assessment based on your income and outgoings will be conducted also taking into consideration your personal circumstances. Grants to not need to be repaid.
  • Priority is given to students with a disability, care leavers, dependent children and undergraduate students in their final year.
  • The maximum award for full-time students is £1,000 and £1,200 for priority students.
  • The maximum award for part-time students is £500 and £600 for priority students.
  • Once all the funds have been allocated to students, the Hardship Fund will close.We will contact you via your City email address to notify you of the outcome of your application.

Guidance and FAQ's

Further guidance on how to make an application and Hardship FAQ's can be found within the document.

Supporting documents

A) Undergraduates required supporting documents:

  • Student Finance entitlement statement/ letter 2018/19
  • NHS Bursary entitlement letter 2018/19 (NHS funded courses only)
  • Three months bank statements (official online statements are acceptable but not excel spreadsheets) please explain all debits and credits over £100.
  • Rent/tenancy contract, mortgage statement, parental confirmation of contribution to rent/mortgage;
  • Council tax bill (if applicable);
  • Priority bills (if applicable);
  • Partner/spouse income for three months e.g. payslips or bank statements (if applicable);
  • Recent Housing Benefit Letter (if applicable);
  • Council Tax reduction statement (if applicable);
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credits Letters (if applicable);
  • Childcare receipts (students with children);
  • If your term-time address is outside London, please give evidence of the costs involved in travelling to City e.g. weekly or monthly travel tickets.

B) Postgraduates required supporting documents:

  • Postgraduate Loan and/or Professional and Career Development Loan letter;
  • Studentship/Scholarship letter;
  • Three months payslips (part-time students);
  • NHS Bursary entitlement letter 2018/19 (NHS funded courses only);
  • Three months bank statements (offical online statements are acceptable but not excel spreadsheets) please explain all debits and credits over £100;
  • Rent/tenancy contract, mortgage statement, parental confirmation of contribution to rent/mortgage;
  • Council tax bill (if applicable);
  • Priority bills (if applicable);
  • Partner/spouse income for three months e.g. payslips or bank statements (if applicable);
  • Recent Housing Benefit Letter (if applicable);
  • Council Tax reduction statement (if applicable);
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credits Letters (if applicable);
  • Childcare receipts (students with children);
  • If your term-time address is outside London, please give evidence of the costs involved in travelling to City e.g. weekly or monthly travel tickets.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Your application will not be assessed until it is fully completed and all the necessary documentation has been received. Please make sure the you have uploaded all the supporting evidence required.

How to apply

To apply for the 2018/19 Hardship fund please complete the online form

If you have any queries, please contact the Student Funding Team via email funding@city.ac.uk in the first instance.