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Exceptional Support Fund

Information on funding support for students experiencing severe financial hardship.

Studying at university can bring with it financial challenges. The Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) is available to eligible students experiencing severe financial hardship who have exhausted all other means of funding. A grant of up to £3,000.00 per academic year will be available to help students who can show that there is a shortfall between their income and expenditure which they are unable to manage by their own actions.

Useful information

Applications for ESF opened on 1 November 2017. We have put together a handy guide to help you complete your ESF application form:

ESF Application Guidance

Don't forget to attach your student coversheet to your application form as this helps us allocate the form and any evidence to your account.

Once we have received your application and all relevant evidence we will pay successful applications within 30 working days.

This document explains your student journey when applying for ESF:

ESF student journey