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  1. Financial alternatives
  2. Hardship funds
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Hardship funds

Hardship funds support undergraduate and postgraduate students who fall into financial difficulties.

City, Short Term Loan

Limited financial assistance can be offered through a Short Term Loan (STL) to students whose Student Finance has been delayed significantly beyond the start of the term. The maximum STL available is £500, the STL must be repaid within 10 days of receipt of your Student Finance and/or NHS Student Bursary. To apply for a STL please contact the Student Funding Team on STLs are provided at the discretion of the Student Funding Team.

City, University of London Hardship Fund

At City we understand that despite financially planning for your study period unexpected financial hardship can arise leaving students with difficulty in paying for living costs and course materials. City is dedicated to providing financial support for students who find themselves in these circumstances through the City, University of London Hardship Fund. The maximum grant for full-time students is £1,000 and £1,500 for full-time priority students (students with a disability, care leavers, dependent children, estranged students, carers and undergraduate students in their final year).

NHS Learning Support Fund

The NHS Learning Support Fund provides financial support to fee paying students on one of the following courses: BSc Midwifery, BSc/PGDip/MSc Nursing, BSc Radiography and BSc/MSc Speech and Language Therapy. Eligible students can apply for financial support in three areas - child dependents allowance, clinical placement travel and accommodation expenses and financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund). Please visit the NHS Student Services site for more details.

Richard Reeves Foundation Grants

The Richard Reeves Foundation Grants provide financial support for students in receipt of the maximum means tested NHS bursary for 2019/20 or whose household income is £25,000 or less as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) who are in financial hardship. Students must also have been resident in Islington, Camden or the City of London for at least one year prior to starting on one of the following courses: BSc Midwifery, BSc/PGDip/MSc Nursing, BSc Radiography and BSc/MSc Speech and Language Therapy. For further details please contact the School of Health Sciences on

Individual External Grants

Some students gain individual awards from various external charitable foundations and government bodies. You may wish to search for local charities through your local library or online charity registers for further support.