Access to Learning Fund (Hardship Fund)

Summer Fund

If you're facing serious financial difficulty, our Summer Fund may be able to help. The fund is open to applications from UK and EU 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 and does not include funding for outstanding tuition fees or accommodation rent for example.

The fund is only open to students who are living away from parents, paying rent or paying a mortgage not to parents.

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 Summer Fund Application Fund, providing full details of your situation. You MUST provide evidence to support your application (such as bank statements, job loss confirmation etc). Please send all completed forms to

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 the Summer Fund, please contact,

International students

If you are an international student, you can find information on available support on the International students tab on the Student FAQs. You can also seek support from the International Office:


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 -