Fees and Funding


Graduation Assistance Fund


The details
Graduands invited to Graduation in July 2023
United Kingdom

The University of Essex is offering a Graduation Assistance Fund to assist graduands who are unable to afford the cost of gown hire and/or guest tickets for their Graduation ceremony. Awards will be paid directly to the University and gown hire company.

Please note: If you apply for this fund, please do not purchase tickets or a gown while your application is being processed. Tickets and a gown will be reserved for you by the Graduation and Awards team when you submit your application until you receive the outcome of your application.

How to apply

The deadline to apply for the fund is 11 June 2023 by 4pm.

 To apply for the Graduation Assistance Bursary, you will need to do the following:

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria above
  2. Carefully read the terms and conditions
  3. Visit Blackbullion to access the fund. You will need to register for the Blackbullion online money management website if you do not already have an account using your external email address
  4. Click the ‘Funds’ tab and select ‘Graduation Assistance Fund’ or use the search facility to find the fund
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the application form, upload the required evidence and submit your application

Note: your application will not be assessed until you submit a full and complete application form which includes all necessary evidence to complete an assessment.

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions for your entry year before applying for the fund. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

Graduation Assistance Fund terms and conditions 2023 (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.