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.

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 opens on Monday 19 October 2020 and will close on Friday 7 May 2021.

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

Summer Hardship Fund

Subject to availability of funds, students can also apply for our Summer Hardship Fund. This opens on Monday 8 June and will close on Wednesday 22 July.

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 is limited and may close early 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.

How to apply

  1. Download and complete an application form.
  2. Save your required evidence as individual documents.
  3. Attach these to the bottom of your Word document. (How to do this.)
  4. Set the title of your Word file as your Greenwich ID.
  5. Password-protect the Word file appropriately (not your ID number). See guidance.
  6. Email password to studentfinance@gre.ac.uk, with your ID number in the subject line.
  7. Send your password-protected file (application form and evidence) to fab@gre.ac.uk
  8. Call us at 0208 331 8272 if you have any questions.

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.