Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund is now closed to new applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Hardship Fund can support you if you are experiencing unexpected or unforeseen financial difficulty and are from a low-income household

We’ll give you a grant of up to £1,000 to enable you to continue your studies at the University of Essex. You don’t need to pay this money back and you can use it to support:

  • Living costs – to assist with core living costs
  • Residential costs – to assist with the cost of rent/accommodation
  • Equipment/digital support – to assist with digital, IT equipment or to secure access to internet
  • Childcare costs – provides additional financial support towards childcare costs

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions carefully before applying.

2021-2022 entry

How to apply

The Hardship Fund is now closed to new applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Other Support

The University and other external organisations offer financial support to get you through your studies, check out other ways of funding your University for current students at the links below:

UoE offers a range of additional welfare support and guidance.