Student administration
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  1. Hardship Fund
Student administration

City, University of London Hardship Fund

Due to staffing levels, regrettably the application processing time is now 4 to 6 weeks. We are trying to complete application assessments as soon as possible.

Please ensure you submit a complete application and all required supporting documents.


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 25% 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 the full entitlement for means tested maintenance loans and grants, NHS Student Bursary, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Council Tax Reduction, Universal Credit.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate that they have made realistic provision to cover their tuition fees and living expenses, evidence is required
  • Students must have received their first instalment student funding.
  • 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.
  • Students can apply only once during each 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 assessment.
  • 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.
  • Priority is given to students with a disability, dependent children, carers, care leavers, estranged students and undergraduate students in their final year.
  • The maximum grant for full-time students is £1,000 and £1,500 for priority students.
  • The maximum grant for part-time students is £500 and £750.
  • We will contact you via your City email address to notify you of the outcome of your application.

Supporting documents

A) Undergraduates required supporting documents:

  • Student Finance entitlement statement/letter 2019/20;
  • NHS Bursary entitlement letter 2019/20 (NHS funded courses only);
  • Three months bank statements for all your bank accounts (online statements are acceptable but not excel spreadsheets) please explain all transactions (credits and debits) over £100;
  • Rent/tenancy contract, mortgage statement, parental confirmation of contribution to rent/mortgage;
  • Council tax bill (if applicable);
  • Priority bills e.g. rent arrears, council tax arrears, overdue utility bills (if applicable);
  • Partner/spouse income for three months e.g. payslips or bank statements;
  • Recent Housing Benefit entitlement letter (if applicable)
  • Council Tax Benefit entitlement letter (if applicable)
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credits entitlement letters (if applicable);
  • Universal Credit entitlement letter (if applicable)
  • Childcare receipts (students with dependent children only)
  • If your term-time address is outside London please highlight your weekly/monthly travel expenses on your bank statements.


B) Postgraduates required supporting documents:

  • Postgraduate Loan entitlement letter;
  • Studentship/Scholarship letter;
  • Three months' payslips;
  • NHS bursary entitlement letter 2019/20 (NHS funded courses only);
  • Three months bank statements for all your bank accounts (online statements are acceptable but not excel spreadsheets) please explain all transactions (credits and debits) over £100;
  • Rent/tenancy contract or mortgage statement;
  • Council tax bill (if applicable);
  • Priority bills e.g. rent arrears, council tax arrears, overdue utility bills (if applicable);
  • Partner/spouse income for three months e.g. payslips, bank statements (if applicable);
  • Recent Housing Benefit Letter (if applicable);
  • Council Tax Benefit Letter (if applicable);
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credits Letter (if applicable);
  • Universal Credit entitlement letter (if applicable);
  • Childcare receipts (students with dependent children only);
  • If your term-time address is outside London please highlight your weekly/monthly travel expenses on your bank statements.

Payments

  • Payments are made by bank transfer. Please ensure you carefully check the bank details you submit – incorrect details will cause payment loss or delay.
  • Payments are made once per week.
  • Grants to not need to be repaid.

Student guidance for making an application to the City Hardship Fund

How to apply

Apply for the City Hardship Fund

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

Once all the funds have been allocated to students, the Hardship Fund will close.