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Graduation is one of the most joyful times of the year, if you're not in financial hardship. For those who are, our funds could help by waiving the full gown hire fee and/or cost of graduation photographs. The Graduation Support Funds are managed and monitored by our Advice Service, independent from LSE.

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Graduation is one of the most joyful times of the year, if you're not in financial hardship. For those who are, our funds could help by waiving the full gown hire fee and/or cost of graduation photographs. The Graduation Support Funds are managed and monitored by our Advice Service, independent from LSE.

APPLICATIONS FOR DEC 2023 GRADUATIONS ARE closed

We regret that we cannot accept any late applications

This year, in addition to the Graduation Gown Support Fund, a new Graduation Gown Photography Fund is being launched. You may apply for one or both of the funds. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please check below for updates.

Am I eligible?

The GGSF & GPSF are open to all graduating students. The full eligibility criteria can be found in the Guidance Document.

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How do I apply?

Those wishing to apply should first read the Guidance Document for information regarding application and eligibility criteria. You should then complete the Application form and email it across to su.advice@lse.ac.uk, along with your corresponding evidence.

Please note applications for Dec 2023 graduations are closed. 

Download application form(Downloads a Word document)


Testimonial

A Cambridge graduate once told me: if you study your Master's at LSE, either because you are rich or because you want to be rich. I didn't want to pretend this was completely true on me. Life is hard for everyone from different aspects. As an international student, trying to stay in this city and find a proper job with visa sponsorship is never easy. Not because you are not excellent, because this is how things work here. We have got a lot of pressure to deal with.

I know many of us would feel shame to apply for some sponsorships for the gown, exactly as what my mom told me when she learned I wanted to work in a restaurant to support my life in London. What I really appreciate is the way that SU offered this opportunity. I felt respected and supported. And most importantly, the whole communication let me feel here we are not only expected to be top billers or world changers, we are expected to be human, be authentic about ourselves. Sometimes in a very competitive environment, it needs a lot of courage to admit you are not okay and you need support. It doesn't only relate to this gown support fund, but career advice, mental health care and a lot of other things. I am proud that LSE is doing better and better on this, and I am proud SU stills gives me this kind of support when I am about to leave the university.

The Support Fund did not only allow me to take part in graduation, but also to do so without having to stress about it in advance. I could have saved up, but a cost this significant would have made me stressed weeks or even months in advance. Having this support, I am able to celebrate with my colleagues without feeling bad for spending the money on a gown, not food. Thank you!


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020 7955 7158

Booking appointments

You can book an appointment via email or via the Student Hub website.

su.advice@lse.ac.uk Student Hub


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