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Financial Hardship

Financial Hardship

It is not unusual for students to experience financial hardship during their studies.

If a student does find themselves struggling to make ends meet, especially is the hardship is unforeseen, then there are a number of sources of financial support.

If you are experiencing significant or unexpected financial hardship, you should contact your Tutor as soon as possible.

Magdalene Student Support Fund

The College has its own Student Support Fund to provide modest support for students experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Applications are made through your Tutor.

University Hardship Funds

In more significant cases, your Tutor may suggest an application to the University Hardship Funds. These funds provide assistance to students in financial difficulties, particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. They provide grants of £100 to £1,000 (or up to £2,000 in exceptional circumstances) per annum.

If they think you may be eligible, your Tutor can advise on making an application. Applications must be submitted by the division (half-way point) of each Term.

Further information and the application form can be found on the University Hardship Funding for Undergraduate Students page and the Hardship Funding for Postgraduate Students page.

Further Options

In cases of extreme unforseeable financial hardship, it may be possible to apply to the University for a remission of tuition fees for one or more terms. You should discuss this option with your Tutor if you think you might be eligible.

Research Funding for Postgraduate Students

The Postgraduate Tutor's Research Fund will contribute to trips for conferences or for gathering research data, subject to the availability of funds, and Postgraduate Students away on research trips lasting longer than two weeks may apply for some rebate on their College room rent.