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St Mary's University Hardship Fund

St Mary’s University Student Hardship Fund is a cash-limited fund that is aimed to support vulnerable students who need additional financial help to meet particular costs not being met by statutory (or other) sources of funding.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

You can apply to the Hardship Fund if studying a higher education course that is:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Foundation
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate (including PGCE)

The Hardship Fund is also available to a number of priority groups:

  • Students with children
  • Mature or disabled students
  • Final year students
  • Students from Foyers, or homeless
  • Students who have been in care

Eligible students will be required to provide evidence that shows they are in severe financial hardship. It’s a very simple form and doesn’t take too long to fill out. We aim to reach a decision on all applications within 4 weeks. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions about anything to do with an application.

Students will be able to make an application through the Student Funding Service after they have registered on a course of study at St Mary’s.

Conditions

  • Students must be registered on an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, studying at an intensity of at least 0.25 FTE.
  • Students will be required to provide evidence that shows they are suffering severe hardship or have urgent unexpected expenditure.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate they had properly considered and planned for the costs of studying before commencing their studies.
  • The Alumni Hardship Fund cannot help with paying for tuition fees.
  • Priority will be given to those students ineligible for other sources of student support funding.

Alumni Hardship Fund

We are lucky to have the support of our alumni (former students) who also contribute to a hardship fund for the support of St Mary's students in need. The Alumni Hardship Fund aims to primarily help those students not eligible for other sources of support. As such there are no exclusions based on home country, level of study or mode of study (eg full time/part time).

Students will be able to make an application through the Student Funding Service after they have registered on a course of study at St Mary’s. Please contact us on  studentfundingservice@stmarys.ac.uk or come by for a chat in the Student Services office.


International Hardship Fund

The University also provides a cash-limited hardship fund for registered International students who are in financial hardship due to an unexpected financial crisis. This fund is not able to assist with tuition fees or general living costs.