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.

How to apply

The fund will be open from 19 October 2020 until all resources have been allocated.

The application can be found here (Google Chrome only) and should be returned fully completed, will all necessary evidence to fab@gre.ac.uk 

You can apply once each academic year. You must be fully registered on your course and have received your first maintenance loan payment.

When will a decision be made?

A decision should be made within four working weeks.

This may be delayed if you do not submit the required evidence or we require further information from you. You may also be asked to attend an interview with a member of the Student Fees and Funding Team or our Debt Adviser.

You will be informed of the outcome by email. If successful, you should expect to receive payment within 14 days of this email.

Re-applying and appeals

You may only apply once during the academic year. However, if your circumstances change and you can provide supporting evidence of this, we may review your existing application.

All decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.