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28th May 2020

New hardship fund for students affected by COVID-19

On Wednesday 27th May, a new hardship fund was set up to support students facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have set up the COVID-19 Student Crisis Support Fund to provide support to those of you facing unexpected financial hardship in the wake of coronavirus.

We know many of you may have lost part-time jobs and internships and may be facing increased costs associated with home learning such as lack of study equipment and internet access.

Some of you may also have been directly affected by the disease or have additional caring responsibilities for affected family members for which the fund can provide support.

Professor Gavin Brown
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education

The new fund is part of the wider COVID-19 Emergency Response Campaign. This was successfully launched in March and has already raised more than £200,000 in support of the University’s research into COVID-19 and its treatment. 

Am I eligible to apply?

You will be eligible to apply if you are unable to work and have no other financial support including parental support.

The fund is open to all current University of Liverpool students including:

  • UK, EU and international students
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Full and part-time students
  • 2020 graduates (applications accepted until Tuesday, 30 June)

Application Process

You will need to complete a short form available on our Money Advice and Guidance pages to apply.

Please email the form to money@liverpool.ac.uk. This will include a declaration, and you may need to provide some evidence including:

  • One month’s bank statements for all accounts
  • Evidence of rent if liable over the summer vacations
  • Evidence of any additional exceptional costs that the student is applying for

If eligible, how much funding can I expect to be awarded?

Awards will be made based on individual circumstances. Any grant award made from the fund will be a contribution to costs and is not intended to cover the whole shortfall in income.

All money awarded from the COVID-19 Student Crisis Support Fund will be made on a grant basis and will not need to be repaid.

Extra Information

Q&A responses on Money Advice and Guidance pages.

Further questions about the COVID-19 Student Crisis Support Fund? Contact the Money Advice and Guidance Team on money@liverpool.ac.uk.

International students can also contact the International Advice and Guidance team on IAGteam@liverpool.ac.uk.

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