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Graduation is an exciting occasion that brings a lot of joy, but it can also create stress due to obligatory expenses. If you’re set to graduate and experiencing financial hardship, the LSESU has two Graduation Support Funds that can help by waving the full gown hire fee and/or cover the cost of a photography session. 

No student should miss out because of not being able to afford the costs associated with hiring a gown, nor should they miss out on capturing photos of this achievement. These funds are for any student who is set to graduate in December and cannot currently afford the costs. 

Applications for both of these funds will remain open until October 30th, 2023, at 12:00pm (noon) BST. Students can apply to one or both of these funds depending on their individual financial circumstances. To apply:

  1. Fill out the application form (found on this webpage)
  2. Submit the form AND your most recent bank statement(s) to before the deadline of October 30th, 2023, at 12:00pm (noon) BST.

Blog written by Hannah Thomsen.

Hannah works as an Advice Assistant in the LSESU Advice Team



The LSESU Advice Team is based on the 3rd floor of the Saw Swee Hock Building and we provide free, independent and confidential advice to all LSE students on academic and housing matters. We also administer the Hardship Fund, the Childcare Fund and the Graduation Gown Support Fund (GGSF).

Our service is currently operating using a hybrid working pattern. We are still open and can be accessed by emailing