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International Students' Emergency Fund

Christmas Deadlines

The deadline for submitting hardship fund applications is Friday 24 November. We will endeavour to process all complete applications received by this date before Christmas. Applications made after 24 November will still be accepted, although appointments may not be offered until the new year.

What is the International Students' Emergency Fund?

The International Students’ Emergency Fund is intended to provide discretionary financial help to International and EU students in situations of unexpected short-term emergency or crisis. The funds available are very limited and cannot be used to help with tuition fee costs or to provide any high value, ongoing support. Awards may be made either in the form of non-repayable grants or as loans.

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Am I eligible?

The International Students’ Emergency Fund is a fund of last resort and students must be able to demonstrate that they have made every effort to meet their needs from any other available sources. Applicants must also show that the limited assistance available from the International Students’ Emergency Fund is sufficient to enable the student to continue with their programme of study. Registered full and part-time International and EU students pursuing a course of study leading to a formal qualification, e.g. Master’s or PhD, can apply. Postgraduate students whose registration status is 'Limbo: Thesis' are not eligible for the International Students' Hardship Fund.

More detailed information can be found in the International Students' Emergency Fund Guidance Notes  .

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How do I apply?

Complete the Hardship Funds Application Form  . Alternatively, you can request an application form from the Student Funding Office, Senate House.

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What help can I expect to receive?

Grants from the fund are needs-related and assessed on an individual case by case basis. As a result, we are unable to give a clear indication of the likely value of any possible award until an application has been submitted and the assessment process completed. There is no guarantee that funds will be awarded in every case and consequently, some applications will be unsuccessful.

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I have completed the application form. What happens next?

Once we have received your form, the Student Funding team will consider whether funding from the International Students' Emergency Fund may be appropriate to support you during your period of financial need. Should your circumstances meet the purpose and eligibility of the fund we will contact you to arrange a short confidential interview with a specialist Student Funding Adviser which will take approximately 30 minutes. The interview will be informal and will give you the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and circumstances in detail. There is no guarantee that your application will be successful and result in an award being made to you.

Please be assured that the Funding Adviser will consider your best interests at all stages of the assessment process. However, you should be aware that the Funding Adviser works within guidelines for the assessment of awards and distribution of funds. It may be necessary during the interview to refer to your bank statements, credit history and spending patterns. The discussion may also explore opportunities for part-time working and other funding opportunities that may be available to you. Any questions are not intended to be intrusive, but to allow the Funding Adviser to form a complete and comprehensive assessment of your financial situation and, if possible, to recommend a successful outcome to your application.

After your interview, your application will be assessed against guidelines for the allocation of funds. You will be notified of the outcome by email within 10 working days and any award will be paid within a further 10 working days (providing your have submitted your bank details on receipt of your email, if applicable). Please note, payments may be made in instalments.

Any original documentation you supplied as part of your application will be available for you to collect at your appointment. Please ensure you bring your University ID card to your appointment.

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Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions related to the International Students' Emergency Fund, the application process or Student Funding in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Funding team on, or by telephone on 024 7615 0096.

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