If you are experiencing financial difficulties, having problems with your student loan or would like help managing your finances, the Student Funding Team may be able to help you. Contact Hallam Help to let us know about your situation, we will then advise you on what best to do next. We may refer you one of our financial support schemes, offer you an appointment or refer you to the appropriate University team or external service.
Hallam Hardship Fund
The Hallam Hardship Fund provides financial support to students who are experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties. It is available for small, one-off payments to students in financial crisis that might impact on your participation at University. The fund is strictly limited, and awards are subject to available funds. There is no automatic entitlement to an award and all applications are considered on their individual merits.
If you submit an application the support we offer may not always be financial. Depending on your circumstances we may offer you an appointment with one of our advisers to ensure you have applied for all other funding you are eligible for and provide you with suggestions and possible solutions which may help.
International students must not apply for the Hallam Hardship Fund, a separate International Emergency Fund is available for international students.
How to apply
Emergency vouchers are available to provide temporary assistance if you have an immediate financial crisis. If you are unable to afford food, toiletries or other personal/essential items and have no other alternatives, you can submit a request for a £30 Tesco voucher.
Your request will be considered by the Student Funding Team. We will get in touch with you as soon as possible, and will aim for this to be within the same or next working day (8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday), to either issue a voucher, gather more information about your situation and/or offer alternative support.
There is no guarantee that a voucher will be issued if you request one, there is no cash alternative and unfortunately we cannot offer vouchers for any other supermarket.
If your request is approved, we will send you a voucher code using your Hallam email address. You will then need to activate the voucher before using it. Please note that these vouchers can only be used in-person at a Tesco store, they cannot be used at Tesco's online store or at Tesco petrol stations.
Emergency vouchers should not be seen as a long-term solution to financial difficulties and repeated requests for vouchers are likely to be refused.
How to apply
Before submitting a request, you must read the guidance on providing bank statements.
International students experiencing financial hardship due to an emergency or a significant, unexpected, and unforeseen change in your circumstances, may be eligible for a loan or grant from the International Emergency Fund. Please note that strict rules apply and students with tuition fee debt are not eligible to apply.
How to apply
Visit the international financial support page for the guidance document and application form link.
Exceptional Support Fund - NHS Students Only
The Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) is one of the elements available to eligible students studying certain health courses as part of the NHS Learning Support Fund. It is for students experiencing unforeseen financial hardship during their studies, who have exhausted all other means of funding. Therefore, you must have applied to the Hallam Hardship Fund and all other relevant funding before applying for the ESF.
If you would like help with your application and/or when you are ready for us to countersign your application, please book an appointment with the Student Funding Team.