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Exceptional Support Fund

The Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) is available to eligible students experiencing unforeseen financial hardship during their studies, who have exhausted all other means of funding.

A grant of up to £3,000 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 not able to manage by their own actions.

Students applying for ESF must have first applied to their university for any hardship or other available funding.

You can still apply for ESF even if your application to university was rejected, as long as you have approached them for help.

Your university must endorse and sign your ESF claim form before it can be submitted to us.

Any claims that have not been countersigned will not be considered. 

You can apply for ESF at any point throughout the academic year, there's no closing date. 


To help you complete your ESF application form, we've produced ESF application guidance (PDF: 408 KB).

Read through this before submitting your application. It contains essential information about the types of evidence and supporting documentation you must provide with your claim.

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

You will need to send your application form and supporting evidence to us at:

NHS Learning Support Fund

Student Services
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway

Once we have received your application and all relevant evidence, we’ll pay successful applications within 15 working days.

Guidance for the 2020/21 academic year will be published soon.