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you did not and could not foresee at the start of your course has occurred which means that your original budget is no longer valid.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 and will first be considered for the Access to Learning Fund if eligible.

Amount awarded: 

Awards may range from £100 to £5,000; awards at the highest level will usually be a combination of a grant and a loan. 

How and when to apply: 

A hardship application form and guidance can be obtained from the Student Finance Officer or by emailing student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk. Please note that applications to the Access to Learning Fund and the University Hardship Fund are made through a single hardship application form.

Your application must be supported by a letter from your Personal Tutor or 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 - Thursday of 2nd week (19 October 2017)
  • Hilary Term – Thursday of 2nd week (26 January 2018)
  • Trinity Term – Thursday of 0th week (19 April 2018

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 qeuries about the Access to Learning Fund, please contact the University’s Student Funding office or the Student Finance Officer.