If you have financial difficulties while studying, you could get extra money from your university. They can give you money from a 'discretionary fund' (sometimes called a 'hardship fund').
Depending on your circumstances the funding may be a loan or a grant. If it's a loan you'll have to pay it back and if it's a grant you won't.
This additional funding can be used for:
- accommodation costs
- transport costs
- a financial emergency
How to apply
Apply directly to your university. They may have extra rules about who is eligible.
You can speak to your university student services or your local NUS about applying.
To get discretionary funding you must be:
- over aged 16
- using all the financial support available from the government, for example your full student loan
- registered with the university
- studying a full-time, part-time or distance learning course
You also need to meet a set of conditions known as residency criteria