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Triage - Warwick Hardship Fund for Full-time Undergraduates

If you are experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties, you may be eligible to receive some financial assistance to help you with your day-to-day living expenses and some course-related costs. On this page you can find out more about the Warwick Hardship Fund and how to apply.


What is the Warwick Hardship Fund?

The Warwick Hardship Fund is intended to provide selective help to undergraduate students who have unforeseen financial difficulties. Awards from the Warwick Hardship Fund are needs-related and are non-repayable. They are intended to help with day-to-day essential expenses and course-related costs, such as the costs of accommodation, childcare, transport, books and utilities.

Warwick Hardship Funds cannot be awarded to assist with the payment of academic fees.

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Am I eligible?

Registered full-time students paying UK home fees and who have settled status and have been ordinarily resident in the British Islands for three years immediately before the start of their studies are eligible to apply.

You will need to show genuine financial hardship and that you have explored and exhausted all other ways of supporting yourself. Full-time undergraduates should have taken out their full entitlement of student Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan. Priority for funding is given to students with dependants and students with disabilities. Applications cannot be considered from students who have completed, permanently withdrawn from or abandoned their course.

More detailed information can be found in the Guidance Notes for Full-time Undergraduate students  .

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What help can I expect to receive?

Awards from the fund are needs-related and assessed on an individual 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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How do I register my interest in applying to the Warwick Hardship Fund?

If you would like to apply to the Warwick Hardship Fund then you will first need to complete and submit an Expression of Interest form. You will then be invited to book a short initial consultation with one of our specialist Student Funding Advisers. This appointment will take approximately 15 minutes and will allow us to determine whether it is appropriate for you to make an application and if so, offer you information, advice and guidance on the application process.

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What happens if I am invited to apply to the Warwick Hardship Fund?

Once we have received your application and supporting documentation, the Student Funding team will contact you to arrange a short confidential interview with a specialist Student Funding Adviser which will take approximately 30 minutes to one hour. The interview will be informal and will give you the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and circumstances in detail. We offer appointments over Microsoft Teams, however, if you would prefer to attend an in-person interview then please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate your request. You will be sent details of the appointment in a confirmation email.

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 with National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) guidelines and University 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 available. 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.

Your application will be assessed against guidelines for the allocation of funds after your interview and once all supporting documentation has been provided. 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 you have submitted your bank details on receipt of your email, if applicable).

Please note, payments may be made in instalments.

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I would like to apply for financial help with the cost of a diagnostic test

If you are eligible for a Warwick University bursary
  • You should complete the online application for reimbursement of a diagnostic test within 3 months of your diagnostic test.
  • Please scan and attach a copy of your invoice or receipt from your test centre. This should be on letter-headed paper and state clearly the date of your assessment appointment. The maximum award is £350.
  • You will receive an email within ten working days to notify you of the outcome of your application and process for payment, if applicable.
  • Please note that applications cannot be considered from students who have completed, permanently withdrawn from, or abandoned their course.
All other full-time home (UK) undergraduate students

Your application for an award will be means-tested.

  • If you would like to apply to the Warwick Hardship Fund for help with the cost of a diagnostic test then you will first need to complete an Expression of Interest FormLink opens in a new window and book an appointment to speak to one of our specialist Student Funding Advisers for an initial consultation. This appointment will take approximately 15 minutes and will allow us to determine whether it is appropriate for you to make an application. If so, we will offer you information, advice and guidance on the application process.
  • Please note that if you are invited to apply to the Warwick Hardship Fund then you will need to complete and submit your application within 3 months of your diagnostic test date. In addition, you need to include a copy of your invoice or receipt from your test centre. This should be on letter-headed paper and state clearly the date of your assessment appointment.
  • Please note that to be eligible for an award from the Warwick Hardship Fund you must have taken out your full entitlement to student loans and grants (if eligible). Applications cannot be considered from students who have completed, permanently withdrawn from, or abandoned their course.

If you are not sure which applies to you, please contact us on 024 7615 0096 or email studentfunding@warwick.ac.uk.

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I am required to pay £200 towards the cost of a computer through Disabled Students' Allowance

If you have been recommended a computer as part of your assessment for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), you will be required to pay £200 towards the purchase. You may be eligible for financial assistance to help with this cost. For details, please see the Disability Services Disabled Students' Allowance page.

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Can I reapply to the Warwick Hardship Fund?

You can reapply to the Warwick Hardship Fund during the same academic year providing you are still fully registered on your course. You will need to register your interest in re-applying to the Warwick Hardship Fund by completing the Expression of Interest Form. If you are invited to re-apply then you will be asked to complete either a new Hardship Fund Application Form or a Students Hardship Funds Re-application Form depending on your circumstances.

In both cases, you will need to provide electronic copies of the relevant documentary evidence and bank statements for the last 3 months. Once we have received your application and documents you will be asked to attend another brief appointment with a Student Funding Adviser and you will be notified of the outcome of your re-application as above.

We offer appointments over Microsoft Teams. If you would prefer to attend an in-person interview then please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate your request.

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Who should I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions related to the Warwick Hardship Fund, the application process or Student Funding in general, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Funding team on studentfunding@warwick.ac.uk, or by telephone on 024 7615 0096.

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