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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

As part of City's commitment to provide financial assistance for their students in financial hardship, we have the City, University of London Hardship Fund. The fund provides financial support to all our current students who have met unforeseen financial hardship during their studies. The maximum award is £1,000, and £1,500 for full-time students with a disability, dependent children and care leavers. For many students a grant from our City Hardship Fund can make all the difference, allowing students to refocus on their studies and successfully graduate.

NHS Learning Support Fund

The NHS Learning Support Fund has been set up to provide financial assistance to students who started one of the following undergraduate courses Midwifery, Nursing, Radiography and Speech and Language Therapy after 1 August 2017. Eligible students can apply for financial support in three areas - child dependents allowance, travel and dual accommodation expenses and the exceptional support fund. The NHS Learning Support Fund will open from 1 November 2017, please visit the NHS Student Bursaries site for more details.

Richard Reeves Foundation Grants

The Richard Reeves Foundation Grants provide financial support for Home/UK students studying specific courses with the School of Health Sciences. For further details please contact the School of Health Sciences on

The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund

The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to successful eligible students. Please visit the International Students House site for more details and how to apply

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.