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Birkbeck Hardship Fund

If you are a current student and you have experienced an unforeseen change of circumstance in your personal situation while studying, such as redundancy, illness or domestic problems, the Birkbeck Hardship Fund may be able to help you. The Birkbeck Hardship Fund can provide support towards unexpected costs that have been incurred as a result of an emergency or unforeseen change in your personal situation. It cannot under any circumstances be used towards fees, and you must show that you made adequate provision to cover your fees and course costs prior to the start of the academic year.

Assessments are made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account your household finances and any circumstances that could not be foreseen when you planned your study costs. Awards are scaled based on study intensity and do not usually exceed £1000.

Please note that this fund is available to assist with short-term urgent situations only and cannot provide primary support for your costs.

Find out more

If you have experienced a change in your financial circumstances and would like to talk to someone about the Hardship Fund, please contact our Student Advice Service in the first instance.

Download a copy of our Hardship fund guidelines.

Other hardship funding

  • ISH Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund: As Birkbeck holds membership with International Student House (ISH), our students are eligible to use ISH events and services, including their hardship fund.
  • Additional funding opportunities may be found in the publications listed below. These publications may be available at either the Birkbeck library or your local reference library.