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 COVID-19 hardship response

You may be worried if your financial circumstances have changed due to COVID-19. We have funds available to help you if you're experiencing financial hardship.

We've also received extra funds from the Office for Students (OfS). This increases the support we can offer if you're in financial hardship due to COVID-19.

The funds we have available depend on your study level and fee status.

  • Summer Vacation / COVID Hardship Fund (for UK home undergraduate students)
  • Postgraduate Hardship Fund (for UK home students)
  • International / EU Hardship Fund

If you're in financial hardship, it's important that you apply by the deadline of the specific fund. As part of your application, you must let us know if your difficulties are directly linked to COVID-19.

NTU Undergraduate Discretionary Hardship Fund (DHF)

The closing date for applications to the main Discretionary Hardship Fund has now passed. The fund will re-open next academic year.

In the meantime, some students may be eligible to apply to the NTU Summer Vacation / COVID Hardship Fund for UK home undergraduate students.

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.

The closing date for 2020/21 applications to the Postgraduate Hardship Fund has now passed. The fund will re-open next academic year.

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 closing date for 2020/21 applications to the NTU International / EU Hardship Fund has now passed.

Email us for more information.

NTU Summer Vacation / COVID Hardship Fund

You may be able to get support if you are:

  • a UK home undergraduate student
  • fully enrolled, and
  • experiencing financial hardship over the summer.

If you're a final year student and your course has not finished, you're not eligible to apply unless you have:

  • had a Notice of Exceptional Circumstances (NEC) upheld, and
  • been given an extension to complete work or exams over the summer vacation.

COVID hardship

You may be able to apply for financial hardship if you:

  • have recently been impacted by COVID-19 (e.g. due to having to self-isolate), and
  • are currently experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of this.

Email us to apply. You'll need to outline:

  • your circumstances, and
  • the impact COVID-19 has had on your financial situation.

We'll then send you a short online application for, which you'll have to complete.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Wednesday 14 July.

Summer Vacation hardship

You may be eligible for support during the summer vacation if you're in one of these categories.

  • Students unable to take up paid employment due to illness or disability.
  • Lone parents with dependent children who have support needs during the summer vacation. This particularly applies in periods when they have little or no entitlement to benefits.
  • Care leavers, former foyer residents, and estranged students who are under the age of 25.
  • Students unable to take up paid employment because they have university work to complete. This includes compulsory academic commitments they must complete before progressing to next year.

We understand that students able to work may have difficulty finding paid employment. Unfortunately, we generally cannot consider applications in those circumstances. There is an exception for students who are considered vulnerable.

You can get help with finding work from the University’s Job Shop.

We give priority to students who aren't living in their parental home over the vacation. This can be because:

  • their permanent home is in Nottingham, or
  • they need to remain in Nottingham during the summer for their studies.

Email us to apply. You'll need to outline:

  • your circumstances, and
  • the impact COVID-19 has had on your financial situation.

We'll then send you a short online application for, which you'll have to complete.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Wednesday 14 July.

Nottingham Law School Fund

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

  • LLM LPC – studying on a full-time or part-time basis
  • LLM Bar Professional Training Course
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – Distance Learning

Email us to ask for details of the Nottingham Law School Hardship Fund.

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: 08/07/2021