LSESU Hardship Funds

Managing your money can be a challenge at the best of times, but if you're experiencing unforeseen financial problems then it can start to impact on various aspects of your life.

 

The Students' Union has a Hardship Fund and a Childcare Fund that aim to help students who are experiencing a financial shortfall, usually through unexpected events or a change in personal circumstances.

 

There are various criteria you can apply under – however, if you are unsure whether or not you are eligible or would like some support or guidance with your application, then you can talk in confidence with one of our advisers about your individual situation. Find out how to get in touch, via our LSESU Advice Service page

 

Hardship Fund

The Students' Union has a Hardship Fund set up to give students in a number of different circumstances fairer access to higher education and the possibility to remain studying when they may not otherwise be able to do so.

 

The Hardship Fund is available to all LSE students – including international and postgraduate students – who are facing financial difficulty or are incurring unexpected costs. 

 

The main priority areas for funding are: council tax liability (up to £250); emergency housing and homelessness (up to £400); immigration (up to £700); medical costs (up to £500); repeating students (up to £1500); small claims and legal costs (up to £500); and support for choice in unplanned pregnancies (up to £500).

 

The Hardship Fund will also take into consideration any other applications showing serious, short-term financial hardship. Where a discretionary award from the fund would relieve serious short-term financial hardship and would prevent a student from having to withdraw from their studies, this would be taken into consideration.

 

Examples of circumstances that would be considered for the LSESU Hardship Fund:

  • Cost of termination or pre-birth costs in the case of an unplanned pregnancy

  • Help towards rent if you are facing eviction

  • Help towards unexpected medical costs such as an operation or medication

 

How is the Hardship Fund allocated?

The Hardship Fund is means-tested; although in the case of unplanned pregnancy costs, we will consider an application without means testing if there is a reason why the applicant does not wish to inform her partner.

 

Applications must include supporting evidence pertaining to the fund. This can include three months of bank statements, utility bills, travel costs, childcare costs, evidence of debts, cost of living, medical evidence and documentation. Specific details of the evidence you will need to submit can be found in the explanation notes of the application form.


 

Where does funding come from?

The LSESU Hardship Fund receives funding from the School and through every sQuid purchase that takes place on campus. 5% of all purchases made on campus go towards the Hardship Fund. In the 2014/15 academic year, we estimate that an additional £15k was provided for student hardship thanks to LSE student and staff spending money on their sQuid card. Thank you.

 

Find out more about LSE sQuid cards.

 

Childcare Fund

This is a means-tested fund intended to assist LSE students who incur additional costs as a result of childcare. Maximum award: £1,500

 

Applications must include supporting evidence pertaining to the fund. This can include three months of bank statements, utility bills, travel costs, childcare costs, evidence of debts, cost of living, medical evidence and documentation. Specific details of the evidence you will need to submit can be found in the explanation notes of the application form.

 

Disabled Students' Fund

This fund is no longer provided by LSE Students' Union. We advise you to contact the LSE Disability & Well-being Service.  

 

 

How to apply for LSESU Hardship Funds

To apply to any of our hardship funds, drop in to the LSESU Reception, 3rd Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, to pick up an application pack. If you are not able to visit in person, please email the Advice Service to request an application pack: su.advice@lse.ac.uk