University Hardship Fund

This funding is provided by the University to help any student who experiences unforeseen financial hardship. You must be able to demonstrate that something that you did not and could not foresee at the start of your course has occurred which means that your original budget is no longer valid. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have insufficient funds to cope with the unexpected change. Certain scenarios are not considered ‘unforeseen’, e.g. fluctuations in exchange rates. 

Type of award
Welfare and hardship
Eligibility or selection criteria

The University Hardship Fund is open to undergraduates and postgraduates of any fee status. However, students must have already applied for college support.

Amount awarded

Awards may range from £100 to £6,000; awards at the highest level will usually be a combination of a grant and a loan. 

How and when to apply

A link to the hardship application form and a guidance document can be obtained from the Student Finance Officer or by emailing student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk

Your application must be supported by an online statement from your College and supervisor.

Completed applications should be sent to the Student Finance Officer, who will submit the completed application to the UHF committee.  The deadlines for applications to be returned to the Student Finance Officer are: 

  • Michaelmas Term - Friday of 3rd week 
  • Hilary Term – Friday of 3rd week 
  • Trinity Term – Friday of 1st week 

It is possible, in urgent cases, for the Chair to consider a UHF application between meetings. This must be requested when the application is submitted and is subject to the availability of staff and the Chair.

Further information

For further information, see the University website.

If you have any further queries about the University Hardship Fund, please contact the University's Student Funding office or the Student Finance Officer.