Support funds

Covid-19 Crisis Fund

All students (home, EU, and International) who are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are invited to apply to the Covid-19 Crisis Fund for assistance.  This fund can provide non-repayable grants up to a maximum of £1500 to support with essential living costs including rent, food and utility bills where financial need is established.  Students struggling with a one off cost and/or IT equipment can also apply for support via this Fund. 

Apply here for the Covid-19 Crisis Fund 

Where successful, funds will be paid via BACS to the student’s nominated UK bank account as registered in the MyNottingham portal.

Other Support funds

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

Childcare Support Scheme (all students including international students)

Diagnostic Assessment costs ('home' students only

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

Student Crisis Fund (all students)

Data Protection and Confidentiality statement relating to fund applications 

Note on submission of forms and documents:

University of Nottingham staff are currently working from home and may have difficulties obtaining applications recently submitted by post.  If you have yet to submit your application, please do so by email or the online form (see below). You should scan and email your supporting documents to Please ask those submitting supporting documents also to submit these to this email address. If you submitted your application by post on or before 16th March (or have yet to receive a confirmation email from the University that your application has been received) please email to discuss your options.

The Student Hardship Fund

**If you are completing your course in JUNE 2021 you must submit your application by 7 May 2021**

All other students can apply up to Friday 9 July 2021

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:

  • Students financially affected by the situation with Coronavirus COVID-19
  • 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. We expect these two groups of students to have reasonable funds in place at the start of their course to cover tuition fees and living costs for the duration of the course.

How to apply

1 - Apply online 

IMPORTANT - please read the guidance notes before you apply

Online application form - you will need to email all suporting documents to after submitting the form

You must download, complete and email back the income and expenses sheet. This is compulsory for all applications.

You may need to download the template letter for your childcare provider.


2 - Apply using the paper form and then scan and email back to us

Alternatively you can Download the application form  PDF file icon . Scan and email the form and documents back to us at

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 Fund

The Childcare Support Fund 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.

 How to apply

Financial help towards Diagnostic Assessment costs 

Students can apply for financial help towards a diagnostic assessment in relation to their specfic learning difference.

Undergraduates whose household income has been assessed as £35,000 or below by Student Finance can apply using the following online form:

DAC online application form 

Postgraduate students and part time undergraduates who started before 2018, please email us at to request an application form. 


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