Scholarships & funding opportunities

University of Strathclyde Covid-19 Hardship Fund

If you are struggling to meet your living costs during semester, or you're worried about meeting your costs over the summer please apply to this fund. 

  • Opens 25 March 2020
  • Deadline 1 July 2022
  • Help with Living costs
  • Duration Short term to meet immediate needs


**If you are a final year student and are due to complete your course soon, the fund is now closed. This is due to the high demand for the fund and us not being able to assess your application before your student record is marked as complete. ** 


Registered students of the University (including students in Academic and Voluntary Suspension) are eligible to apply to the Fund if they meet the following criteria:

  • have fallen into financial hardship or anticipate financial hardship related to the current Covid-19 pandemic; and
  • Other funds are not available to meet their essential needs, or are insufficient to meet these needs; or
  • An award is appropriate to meet exceptional needs

Awards may also be made on an exceptional basis to students who are “Valid to Register” status.

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Further Information

Assessment of applications and awards process

Applications will be assessed by members of Student Experience staff on the basis of meeting essential living. Assessors will also consider exceptional expenditure arising from the current pandemic situation.

When assessing need account will be taken of any other income and savings available to the student or their household and priority will be given to essential living costs where household income is insufficient to meet that need.

Where a student applies to this fund but is eligible for support from another fund administered by Student Experience, consideration will automatically be given to whether another fund such as Discretionary Fund is more appropriate source of support. It will not be necessary to submit a separate application.


Due to the complexity of assessing students not staying in the UK, Students who aren't currently in the UK should seek financial support from the country they are in. 

How to apply

  1. Complete the Application for Financial Support form if you wish to apply for financial support. You only need to submit one application (and one set of supporting documents) and our assessing team will assess your circumstances and eligibility across all of the funds we administer (Housing Support Fund, Mature Students Hardship Fund, University of Strathclyde Covid-19 Hardship Fund, The Lady Eileen McDonald EU & International Student Fund and Discretionary Fund). 
  2. Please complete the application, ensure you include all income and expenditure.  We cannot assess an incomplete application.  You must provide all the documents needed or your application will be delayed.  Please provide photocopies, originals will not be returned.

Application for Financial Support

University of Strathclyde Discretionary Fund Assessment Guidance


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