LSESU Hardship Funds

LSESU 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 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 LSESU Hardship Fund allocated?

The LSESU 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 2014/15, we anticipate LSE student and staff spending money on their SQuid card will provide an additional £15k for student hardship. Thank you.

 

Find out more about LSE SQuid cards.

 

LSESU 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.

 

 

The LSESU Advice Service can offer support and guidance on your application to our Hardship Funds. 

 

Disabled Students' Fund

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

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 su.advice@lse.ac.uk to request an application pack.