Support funds

The Student Hardship Fund ('home' undergraduates and postgraduates)

Childcare Support Scheme (all students including international students)

W H Revis Bequest Fund (part time 'home' postgraduates)

Student Crisis Fund (all students)

Data Protection and Confidentiality statement relating to fund applications 


The Student Hardship Fund

If you are already claiming all the support you are eligible for from the Government, including your student loan, but are still struggling to make ends meet, you may be eligible to apply to the Student Hardship Fund

The fund provides discretionary financial assistance towards living costs for 'home'* full-time and part-time students, to help them access and remain in higher education. Students who may be considering leaving university because of financial difficulties are particularly encouraged to apply. You can apply at any point in the academic year and, in some circumstances, during the summer vacation. Awards are usually grants, i.e. you don't have to repay them.

Eligible students must have received the first student loan instalment for the academic year they are applying in BEFORE submitting an application

Priority students who may particularly benefit are:

  • final year students
  • students with children (especially lone parents)
  • mature students
  • students with a disability, long term medical condition or specific learning difficulty
  • students who are homeless

Postgraduate and self-funding second undergraduate degree students can only apply to the fund when they have experienced an unexpected change in circumstances that has impacted on the funding they have in place for their living costs. We expect these two groups of students to have funds in place at the start of their course to cover both tuition fees and living costs for the duration of the course.

Download the application form PDF file icon 

If you do not receive UK Government funding, but are classed as a 'home'* student please complete the Declaration of Residency PDF file icon  form as well as the application form. Please note this includes postgraduate students who are not in receipt of a Student Loans Company loan.

In assessing applications we adhere to national guidelines on hardship support published by the National Association of Student Money Advisors (NASMA), and internal guidelines agreed by assessors and University management before the start of each academic year.

Support funds FAQs


Childcare Support Scheme

The Childcare Support Scheme is a small fund set up by the university to offer eligible students (including EU and international students) some financial assistance towards meeting the costs of essential registered childcare whilst they are studying. As the funds are limited, the university adopts a selective approach to the allocation of awards to ensure that it is those students who most need assistance, who benefit from the scheme. Payments will be made in accordance with the criteria agreed annually by the Financial Support Funds Committee.

Download the application form PDF file icon 


Student Crisis Fund

The Student Crisis Fund was established by the university to provide small, interest free loans to any student who is experiencing financial difficulties because of an unexpected change in their circumstances after admission to the university. In very exceptional circumstances small, non-repayable grants may be made. The size of the fund means that is impossible to offer support to students for ongoing maintenance costs. All students registered and attending a course at the University of Nottingham in the UK may apply to the fund.

Application forms are only available by calling the Funding & Financial Support Team on + 44(0) 115 82 32071.  In some instances you may be asked to attend an interview in connection with your application and/or to provide further written information and documentary evidence. 

*A 'home' student is a person who meets certain UK residency criteria. The same conditions apply to eligibility for student finance from the Student Loans Company.

Please refer to our Data Protection and Confidentiality Statement - for anyone who makes an application for funding from the Funding & Financial Support Team