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 of Greenwich 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.

Operational changes due to remote working

Due to operating remotely we have outlined a process to ensure we received your application form in a safe and secure manner, and that it is in a format that the team can assess as soon as possible. It is very important that you follow these steps:

  1. Download our new Greenwich Hardship Fund application form
  2. Complete the application form 
  3. Find all the required evidence and save them as invidiual documents 
  4. Add your evidence to the bottom of the word document (view guidance)
  5. Save the word file using your Greenwich ID number
  6. Password protect the word file with a sensible and appropriate password (DO NOT USE YOUR ID NUMBER) view our guidance notes
  7. Email the password to studentfinance@gre.ac.uk making sure you include your ID number in the subject line  
  8. Send your one file (application form and evidence) password protected to fab@gre.ac.uk
  9. Contact us on 0208 331 8272 if you have any questions

Important notice
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 follow the new process to enable us to assess your application.

Eligibility

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 open on Monday 21st October 2019 and will close on Friday 8th May.

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

  1. Download an application form or collect one from your campus Student Centre.
  2. Prepare photocopies of the relevant supporting documents on the checklist.
  3. Submit the application form and relevant evidence to your local campus Student Centre.
  4. Upload your bank account details.
  5. Our Finance Team reviews your supporting evidence before sending it for a decision.

Please note that we are only able to accept evidence via email that is in PDF format.

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 Finance 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.

Summer Hardship Fund 

Subject to availability of funds, eligible students can also apply for our Summer Hardship Fund which open on Monday 8th June and will close on Wednesday 22nd of July. 

How to apply

  1. Download an application form or collect one from your campus Student Centre.
  2. Prepare photocopies of the relevant supporting documents on the checklist.
  3. Submit the application form and relevant evidence to your local campus Student Centre.
  4. Upload your bank account details.
  5. Our Finance Team reviews your supporting evidence before sending it for a decision

Application Form

Eligibility

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.

The funding provided is limited and may close earlier if all funds are exhausted. The following students are not eligible to apply: 

  • EU nationals in receipt of tuition fee loan only from Student Finance England
  • Final year students who are due to graduate this summer
  • Postgraduate or Nursing students Part-time students 

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 Finance 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.