Each year, a number of students at UEA will experience financial difficulty through circumstances beyond their control, such as a bereavement or an emergency.
We want to ensure that every student, regardless of their circumstances, has the support that they need to not only continue their studies, but to thrive. Which is why UEA supports a hardship fund for students which is available to access year-round.
However, since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’ve had a surge in requests for hardship support from vulnerable students who are worried about making ends meet.
Local businesses - which employ many of our UEA students - have had to close temporarily, meaning job losses for some students who relied on this income to fund their essential living costs, like rent and food. Some students who relied on their families for financial support can no longer do so, and many need to support families of their own. As campus facilities like the library have had to close and teaching has moved online, a number of students also lack access to the equipment they need to continue their studies.
For many students, a financial hardship like this can be the difference between being able to continue their studies and having to leave university, which could have a knock-on effect for the rest of their lives.
UEA has waived charges for our halls of residence and we have set up a dedicated COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund to help students who have been affected by the crisis - but it’s not enough to meet the pressing need.
Can you help?
Please donate now to the COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund to help vulnerable students get the support they urgently need as quickly as possible.
If you’d like to find out more, or make a larger gift, please contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.