Coronavirus Recovery: advice and latest information

Submissions of applications to the Hardship funds for academic year 2021/22 will be closing on the 1st July 2022. If you are in financial difficulty, and require assistance, please ensure that your appliction is submitted before this date. Please note, awards from the hardship fund are NOT guaranteed.

It is important to provide all the information required in order for us to make full assessment of your circumstances. This will allow us to understand your situation and why you need to apply to the fund.  You must be enrolled to apply.

Opening dates for the Hardship Funds for academic year 2022/23 are to be confirmed. 

Not sure whether you can apply? Then please see our quick guidance below:

What does it mean to be in financial hardship?
We assess applications looking at whether, due to unforeseen circumstances, the student cannot cover their immediate and essential costs. Students will be expected to provide evidence to support their application.

Examples of when you should not apply.
- You have not accessed ALL the statutory funding you are entitled to
- You can cover your immediate and essential costs
- You have not made use of an arranged overdraft – we should be a last resort
- To pay towards tuition fees – that is not the purpose of the fund
- You did not make a reasonable financial plan to cover your costs before starting your course
- Unfortunately, we cannot help towards the cost of private therapy or counselling. Please refer to wellbeing@swansea.ac.uk

If you have any queries about applying, please contact hardshipfunds@swansea.ac.uk Students must use their student email when contacting any of the Money@CampusLife emails or staff.

What is available?
We have three applications* available depending on your circumstances:

- Swansea University Opportunity Award. This application allows us to have a better understanding of your overall financial situation through a more in-depth assessment. There is no cap but please be advised applying via the Swansea University Opportunity Award does not guarantee an amount greater than that of the Short Term Assistance Grant.

Short Term Assistance Grant. This is capped at £500, and £800 if you have dependents. This is a shorter application for those who are requiring a limited amount of financial assistance. If granted with an award, it will be up to the capped amount.

- Assistance with Diagnostic Testing. This is a capped award solely for the cost of a diagnostic assessment in cases of financial hardship. Please email hardshipfunds@swansea.ac.uk for any questions about this fund.  Students must use their student email when contacting any of the Money@CampusLife emails or staff.

*All links will take you to the same page, you must select the correct application from the ‘Fund’ drop down menu.

International and new EU students should refer to our crisis fund page.

When will a decision be made on my application?
It can take up to 15 working days from date of submission for an initial assessment to be made. If further information is required, a final decision on your application will take longer.  During busier periods, the assessment time may be longer.

What if I need to provide further information?
You will be notified via an automated email. You will have 5 working days to upload the evidence requested and resubmit the application. A final decision will not be made until all required evidence has been provided.

Can I apply for hardship to help towards the cost of repairs to equipment such as a laptop?
Yes, you can apply to the Short Term Assistance Grant. You will still need to evidence that you are in hardship and you may not receive the full cost of the repairs. If you need immediate assistance, there is a laptop borrowing scheme with the library.

I am in my final year, can I still apply?
Applications need to be submitted at least 5 weeks before your course end date.  All applications will be assessed in the context of the applicant nearing their course completion date. If you are in your final year, you must submit your application at least 5 weeks before your course end date.  All applications will be assessed in the context of the applicant nearing their course completion date. 

Please note, awards from the hardship fund are NOT guaranteed.

All applications are available in Welsh