SU Hardship Funds

Students’ Union 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 Students’ Union 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 & 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 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,

 

 

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 3 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.

 

 

Childcare Fund

This is a means-tested fund intended to assist students who incur additional costs as a result of childcare.  Maximum award £1500.

Applications must include supporting evidence pertaining to the fund.  This can include 3 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 the Students' Union. We would advise you to contact the LSE's Disability & Well Being Office.  

 

To apply to any of our hardship funds drop into the advice centre in room E297 to pick up an application pack.  If you are not able to visit the advice centre in person please email su.advice-centre@lse.ac.uk to request an application pack.