Hardship awards

Find out how we're supporting students who find themselves in financial difficulty often through no fault of their own.

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Sadly, at Sussex we hear from many students who face challenging circumstances and find themselves in need of short-term support, without which they would likely drop out of University and fail to complete their degree.

Hardship awards from the Sussex Fund help UK and international students to overcome their financial difficulties so they can go on to complete their studies. A small gift becomes transformational. It’s one of the reasons Sussex was named as University of the Year for Student Retention in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. This award singles out Sussex as the best in the country for supporting students to stay the course and complete their degrees.

All applications are assessed by the Student Funding Team to ensure the need is genuine. Students also receive guidance in managing their finances so they can plan out the future, and hopefully avoid further financial challenges.

Shortly before starting at Sussex, I discovered that my life savings had been stolen. Then, in my first term, my daughter and I found ourselves homeless. Through no fault of our own, we were suddenly living out of bags and seeking refuge with friends and family. Thanks to Sussex alumni, the past twelve months have turned into the most empowering time of my life...but things could have easily been different” terri
hardship fund recipient

Will you make a donation today and provide other students with the same transformative gift that Terri received? Your kindness will help change the course of someone’s life and put them on the path to success at Sussex.

Current students

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