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Cardiff University Hardship Fund

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Cardiff University Hardship fund is a limited fund of money made available to students who encounter unexpected change of circumstances or a short term crises which causes financial hardship.  Examples of such circumstances include; Illness, Accident, Death of a close family member, Death of a sponsor, Natural Disaster in home country, Political upheaval in home country. This list is not exhaustive and is used for illustrative purposes only.


This fund is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled on any full-time degree scheme. 

Oversees, EU and Home (e.g. UK funded) students are eligible to apply; However Home students should apply to the Financial Contingency Fund in the first instance.  

Applicants must show financial hardship due to the unexpected event,

Applicants should demonstrate that they have explored all possible sources of funding, this should include family loans, bank loans from their home country, and part-time work  (health permitting).

Applicants must show that they will be able to fund and complete the rest of their course before an award can be allocated,

As the funds are limited, priority is given to those students who are nearing the end of their course.

How to apply?

  1. Applicants should download the application form, complete it and return it with all evidence to Advice and Money, Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place.
  2. You will then be contacted with an appointment time to discuss your application within 5 working days.

We have produced an interactive version of the application form.  You will see that parts have been highlighted and there are yellow 'sticky notes' attached.  If you hover the cursor over, or double click on these 'sticky notes' you will be able to see information that will help you answer the questions correctly.  


Help is provided in the form of a non-repayable grant.

Help is only available to cover basic living costs or travel home for students during their course.

Awards do not normally help with outstanding tuition fees.