Student Hardship Fund

Goldsmiths Student Hardship Fund, incorporating the Childcare Fund, is a limited fund to assist disadvantaged students experiencing financial hardship to continue with their studies and attendance at Goldsmiths.

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We understand the impact of Covid-19 on our students and the Student Hardship Fund is in place if you are facing financial hardship as a result of current circumstances.

In light of the current pandemic, we have extended the application deadline and made a number of changes to the fund:

  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020
  • International and EU students can now apply. But they must be able to demonstrate how Covid-19 has impacted on their finances
  • We will consider the specific needs of student parents, students with disabilities and students in emergency situations due to Covid-19
  • We are able to make faster payments to students in emergency situations
  • We have made it easier to apply to the fund by simplifying the financial evidence requirements

It is important to note that the Student Hardship Fund is a limited resource and, if successful, no award can replace the long-term loss of earnings nor meet all expenditure and additional costs.

The aim of the Student Hardship Fund is to remove unexpected and short-term financial barriers. It is not intended as a source of income but rather as a safety net for students in financial difficulty.

The Student Hardship Fund can assist with a contribution towards core living costs only, it is unable to help with the payment of Tuition Fees.

Financial hardship is where a student has made adequate financial provision to support their living and study costs.  But due to an unexpected and significant short-term situation outside their control leads them to seek financial assistance. 

Please note that:

  • Each application is assessed on individual need
  • An application to the Student Hardship Fund is no guarantee that an award will be made
  • If successful, any award can only ever assist as a contribution towards core living costs only
  • The Student Hardship Fund cannot help with the payment of Tuition Fees
  • The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020