If you are facing unexpected financial difficulties or hardship, the Greenwich Hardship Fund may be able to help. This fund supports home full-time or part-time students.

The University provides a hardship fund for students who encounter sudden financial difficulties. It is not a main source of financial support and is not designed to meet the cost of tuition fees.

The amount awarded depends on personal circumstances and funding is given to priority groups. The university follows the guidelines provided by the National Association of Student Money Advisers.

If you are applying due to unexpected costs caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, you must include this within your personal statement and provide evidence of financial hardship.


You must meet the following criteria.

  • A UK National or an EU National with a maintenance loan from Student Finance England (or equivalent).
  • You have applied for all other funding (loans, grants, statutory support) you are entitled to.
  • If you are a self-funded student, you can show that you made sensible arrangements at the start of your course to fund your studies.
  • Where applicable, you must be financially assessed by Student Finance England.

You must be fully registered on your course and have received your first maintenance loan payment before you apply.

How to apply

The Greenwich Hardship Fund is now closed for the 2021/22 academic year and will reopen after the close of registration in the autumn of 2022/23.

If you encounter financial hardship over the summer break, the Summer Hardship Fund is due to open on Monday 27th June 2022 and will close on the 22nd July 2022.