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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 and genuine financial difficulty during their studies 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

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.

If this is your first application for an element of LSF you will need to send us a copy of your student finance letter as evidence you're in receipt of funding. Please note we are unable to return this letter. 

When you’re applying for ESF, please make sure you mark your bank statements to highlight any payments referred to in your application. This will help us to assess your claim and reduce any subsequent queries and delays. 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