Access to Learning Fund (Hardship Fund)

Emergency support - March/April 2020

If you're facing serious financial difficulty as a direct result of COVID-19/coronavirus, our emergency support fund may be able to help. The fund is open to applications from all students, including international students, and provides the opportunity to receive a payment to help relieve significant financial hardship. It is important to note that this is a one-off payment to provide temporary relief that is directly attributable to the current COVID-19 situation and does not include funding for outstanding tuition fees or accommodation rent for example.

Submitting an application is not a guarantee that a payment will be made, and all applications are subject to providing relevant evidence which is assessed at the discretion of the University.  Failure to provide evidence will result in your application being rejected.

To apply for the fund, please complete the online Emergency Support Application Form, providing full details of your situation. You MUST provide evidence to support your application (such as bank statements, job loss confirmation etc). 

Applications to the fund are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and the University’s decision is final.

If you have any queries regarding emergency financial support, please contact if you are a home/EU student, or if you are an international student.


What is the University of Huddersfield Access to Learning (Hardship) Fund?

The Access to Learning Fund is a sum of money that the University has to assist home students in financial difficulty. The fund is based on income and allowable expenditure over the academic year, and awards are made when there is a shortfall between the two. The fund is primarily designed as a safety net when students have exhausted all other available financial support (sometimes referred to as financial hardship).

Funding is not guaranteed and an award does not mean that a student will be guaranteed funding in the future. If an award is made then it is separate to other state funding, and awards do not usually have to be repaid.

The Fund cannot help towards tuition fees and is strictly aimed at support for essential basic living costs.

The application form for 19/20 can be found (below). Please return the completed form and supporting (photocopied) documents to the iPoint in Student Central:

University of Huddersfield Access to Learning Fund

For more information, or to enquire about your eligibility to apply, please email the Student Financial Support team at -