LSESU Hardship Funds

Important Updates - COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic there are a couple of changes that you should be aware of:

Hardship Fund– now supporting students without access to a computer.

The Hardship Fund is here to help if you have fallen into unforeseen financial hardship and are therefore unable to meet essential living costs (such as rent, bills, food, etc.). This includes if you have fallen into hardship because of COVID-19.

In addition to this, we have added a new, temporary category of support to help those students who do not have access to a computer at home. This is in response to the School moving all assessments online and is designed to ensure that no student who cannot afford a computer is disadvantaged by this decision.

It is important to note, however, that:

  • The Hardship Fund is means-tested. We will need to see fully completed application forms along with relevant corresponding evidence (such as bank statements) in order to ensure that only students who genuinely cannot afford a computer are made an award
  • The maximum award we will make for a new computer is £200
  • The fund is there exclusively for those who do not have access to a computer. It is not there to replace old, but functional models
  • Our Hardship Fund is not limitless. Each award made takes away money from someone else who might need it. Please therefore be considerate of others and only apply if you do not have a computer and genuinely need one for this summer’s online assessments


Graduation Gown Support Fund (GGSF)

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the LSE has postponed this July’s graduation ceremonies.

Once new dates have been agreed, this page will be updated with the timeline for GGSF applications.


Being a student in London can be financially tough at the best of times. Add into the mix an unexpected change in circumstances and you can quickly go from just about managing to struggling to make ends meet.

For students in circumstances like these, the Students’ Union Advice Service has a couple of funds that you can apply for:

- The Hardship Fund (which also includes a childcare category)

- The Graduation Gown Support Fund (GGSF)

Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund is a means tested fund designed to help students who have fallen into short-term, unforeseen hardship to continue with their studies and complete their degree course.

Am I eligible to apply?

Any LSE student registered on a full degree course can apply for an award should they encounter financial hardship that is impacting upon their ability to continue their studies.

Please read the Hardship Fund Guidance Document for full eligibility criteria.

What areas of support can you help with?

Whilst we consider each case on its individual merits, the main categories from which we would usually consider making an award are:

  • Emergency housing and homelessness
  • Immigration costs
  • Medical costs
  • Right to choose costs
  • Repeating students
  • Childcare

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

  • Help towards paying rent if facing eviction
  • Help towards unexpected medical costs such as an operation or medication
  • Help towards paying childcare costs
  • Cost of termination or pre-birth costs in the case of an unplanned pregnancy

For more details, please read the Hardship Fund Guidance Document.

How do I apply?

Those wishing to apply should first read the Hardship Fund Guidance Document for information regarding eligibility and application criteria. Once you’ve read through this, please complete the Hardship Fund Application Form and email it across to, along with any corresponding evidence.

How is the Hardship Fund allocated?

Each case is judged individually however awards are normally only made when financial hardship was unforeseen. The Hardship Fund Panel will look at your current shortfall, as well as your anticipated income over the year. Your circumstances will be carefully considered alongside the supporting evidence you provide. If you have any questions about a decision made then please contact your adviser.

Graduation Gown Support Fund

Graduation is an amazing occasion and one of the most joyful times of the year… if you’re not in financial hardship.

For those who unfortunately are, the Graduation Gown Support Fund (GGSF) might be able to help by waiving the full gown hire fee.

Those wishing to apply should read the GGSF Guidance Document for information regarding eligibility and how to apply. Once you’ve read through this, please complete this GGSF Application Form and email it across to, along with any corresponding evidence.

When can I apply?

Coming Soon