Extra money for those who need it

Find out if you might be eligible to apply for some extra money to help plug the gap in your finances.

You may be able to get some help if:

  • you've planned your budget and your funding isn't enough to cover your essential costs, or
  • something unexpected happens and leaves you struggling financially.

NTU Undergraduate Hardship Fund (UK home students)

The Undergraduate Hardship Fund is an amount of money provided by the University. It's to assist eligible UK home undergraduate students who are:

  • in financial difficulties because their funding doesn't quite cover their essential living expenses, or
  • facing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you're eligible, a non-repayable grant is paid from the Undergraduate Hardship Fund. This is to supplement your main source of funding for your undergraduate course. It offers some support in meeting any shortfall between your income and expenditure.

The fund cannot:

  • meet your shortfall in full
  • make up for an absence of funding
  • compensate for a failure to make adequate financial provision for your studies.

The Undergraduate Hardship Fund is currently closed for applications and will re-open in October 2021.

Email us for more information.

NTU Postgraduate Hardship Fund (UK home students)

You must make financial provision for your postgraduate studies. You need to be able to cover:

  • your fees
  • you living costs.

Start thinking about this well before your course starts.

Our Student Financial Advice Service can support you with this financial planning. Our advisers can help you set our your budget for the year. This will show you, month by month, what money you will have coming in and what expenses you need to meet. You'll be able to see if there are any months where you may not be able to meet your costs. You can then look at your options to cover any gaps.

You may also find it useful to check out our:

Sometimes the unexpected happens. You may be able to apply for support from the Postgraduate Hardship Fund. This is an amount of money we provide to assist eligible UK home postgraduate students.

Complete the online application form for the 2021/22 Postgraduate Hardship Fund.

We can't assess your application until we have all the evidence we need. You might not be able to upload everything we need when you apply, or when we contact you to ask for more evidence. If so, use our Postgraduate Hardship Fund 2021/22 additional evidence upload form.

For improved online security, please don't provide your evidence by email. Access the above forms by logging into Microsoft Teams using your NTU ID.

Email us for more information.

NTU International / EU Hardship Fund

You may be eligible for emergency funding to contribute towards short-term living costs.

You must be:

  • an international or EU (for fee purposes) student
  • facing sudden unforeseen financial hardship
  • fully enrolled on a full-time award-bearing course
  • studying here in the UK.

We give priority to students in their final stages of study.

Please be aware that the fund is limited. We aren't able to support cases of ongoing financial hardship.

If you're an international student studying on a Tier 4 / Student visa, you may be asked to prove:

  • you made adequate provision for your tuition fee and living costs prior to coming to the UK, and
  • your current financial hardship is due to an unexpected change in your circumstances.

The NTU International / EU Hardship fund is currently closed for applications and will re-open in October 2021.

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Nottingham Law School Hardship Fund

You may be eligible for support from the Nottingham Law School Hardship Fund if you are on one of these courses:

  • LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC) (full-time or part-time)
  • LLM Barristers Training Course (BTC)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Barristers Training Course (BTC)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) (full-time and distance learning)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (distance learning Year Two)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course — (September start, six months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course — (March start, six months)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Legal Skills: SQU 2 Preparation Course
  • LLM Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 (full-time)
  • LLM Advanced Professional Legal Practice: SQE 1 and 2 (full-time)
  • LLM Law and Legal Practice: SQE 1 Preparation Course (full-time)
  • LLM Law and Legal Practice: BTC (full-time).

To apply, complete the Postgraduate Hardship Fund online application form. Make sure you answer 'yes' to question 8. Give details of which of the above eligible courses you're enrolled on in 2021/22. This will help ensure we can assess your application correctly.

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Support funds for further education students

There are several funds you can apply to if:

  • you're on a further education course at our Brackenhurst Campus, and
  • have a low household income.

These are the:

Educational grants from trusts and charities

Many trusts and charities offer aid and assistance to students in financial difficulty. You should investigate every possible source of funding. You should also be aware of the relevant application deadlines and eligibility criteria.

Applying to trusts and charities can be a time-consuming process. It requires patience and perseverance. Also, it rarely offers an immediate source of assistance. We urge you to seek advice if your needs are more immediate, so email us to get in touch.

Be sure you fulfil the trust or charity's basic criteria before you make your application. A successful application requires several things to come together well. Here are a few steps you can check to ensure your application is successful:

  • check you meet the criteria of the funder
  • fill out the application form correctly
  • be clear in your supporting statements
  • show that your circumstances match their required criteria
  • make it explicit if you're in one of their stated priority target groups
  • provide all the necessary supporting information and evidence.

NHS Exceptional Support Fund for healthcare students

You may be eligible to apply to the NHS Exceptional Support Fund if you are:

  • studying a healthcare course, and
  • receive funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund, and
  • are experiencing unforeseen financial hardship.

A grant of up to £3,000 per academic year could be available if you have:

  • a shortfall between your income and your day-to-day expenditure, and
  • exhausted all other available means of funding.

Eligible students applying for the NHS Exceptional Support Fund must have:

  • applied to the NTU Undergraduate Discretionary Hardship Fund first, and
  • received the outcome of that application.

See the NHS Exceptional Support Fund page for more information.

  • Last updated: 05/10/2021