Financial Difficulties

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

There is a separate process for international students and, therefore, they should not apply for the Hardship Fund, please see information about the International Emergency Fund below.

How to Apply

Please read the guidance document before applying.

Click here to apply

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact Hallam Help.


Emergency Food Vouchers

Emergency food vouchers are available to provide temporary assistance if you have an immediate financial crisis. If you are unable to afford food or other essential items and have no other alternatives, we may be able to issue you a £25 Tesco voucher.

To request a voucher please contact Hallam Help detailing your current situation. If you are using email to do this, you must use your Hallam email account.

Your request will then be passed to the Student Funding Team, we will get in touch with you as soon as possible, normally this will be within the same day (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 and there is no cash alternative.

If we do issue a voucher, we will send you a code using your Hallam email address. You will then need to activate the voucher before using it. Please note that currently these vouchers can only be used in-person at a store, they cannot be used at Tesco's online store or at Tesco petrol stations.

Emergency food vouchers should not be seen as a long-term solution to financial difficulties and repeated requests for vouchers are likely to be refused. If you have concerns about your finances, please contact Hallam Help so that we can advise you on what best to do next.


International Emergency Fund

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. You must book an appointment with the International Experience Team for an initial assessment and to discuss your situation before applying.

How to Apply

Please read the guidance document before applying.

Click here to apply


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.

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