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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
  • Undergraduate
  • PGCE

The Hardship Fund is available to all of the above students and has a number of priority groups:

  • Students with children
  • Mature or disabled students
  • Final year students
  • Students from Foyers, or who are homeless
  • Students who have been in care or who are irreconcilably estranged from their families

Eligible students will be required to provide evidence that shows they are in severe financial hardship. To apply, students will need to complete a short application form. 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.


  • Students must be registered on an a course 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 Hardship Fund cannot help with paying for tuition fees.
  • EU & International students can apply if there are extenuating circumstances but have to show there were provisions in place to study at St Mary’s