Student Life Centre

Hardship Funding and Emergency Loans

It is essential that you arrive at University having made arrangements to secure the necessary financial support to fund you throughout your studies. However we understand that during the pandemic and at other times you may experience unforeseen financial expenses and a reduction in anticipated income to meet your essential costs. In these cases financial support may be available to help you continue your studies.

The University of Sussex and our donors are committed to supporting students in financial distress and hope the help we provide will enable you to make the most of your studies and time here at Sussex even during difficult times.


Hardship Funds After 28th May 2021

Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate students will be assessed as usual. The 20/21 Hardship Fund will close for new applications on 18th July 2021.

Undergraduate Students

Finalists: Students who complete their course on 28th May 2021 are not eligible after this date but Home students may consider applying for Universal Credit ( if you need support with rent or maintenance. EU and OS should look at the eligibility criteria for the benefit.

Finalists who are taking exams in August will be eligible to apply for the Summer Fund.

Please Note: The Undergraduate Hardship Fund will close on 28th May 2021. The Summer Fund will close on 21st June 2021. No further Hardship Fund awards will be available until early September when the 21/22 Hardship Fund will open.

 If you are experiencing hardship and the fund is closed please contact and we can discuss how best we can support you.

Summer Fund

Applications from eligible undergraduate students that arrive after 28th May 2021 will be assessed using the Summer Fund regulations. This will be a one-off payment made in early July 2021.

All applications that arrive between 29th May 2021 and closing date for the Fund of 21st June 2021 will be assessed at the same time and successful applicants will be notified in early July 2021.

Priority groups for the Summer Fund are:

Students with caring responsibilities;

Students with a disability that precludes work;

Care Leavers and Estranged students;

Students with exams in the summer.

Contact details

Student Funding Team, Student Life Centre, Bramber House