All students are expected to ensure that they have sufficient funds (including Loans) to cover essential living costs before starting their course but we recognise that circumstances may change and that things may prove more expensive than anticipated.

There are two hardship funds (see below) available to students at our University who, despite careful financial planning, find themselves in difficulty.  A single application form is available from the Student Support Centre and you can apply at any time up to early-July (May for final year students). Any help you receive is usually non-repayable. Both undergraduates and postgraduates are eligible to apply for help.

Please note that the hardship fund cannot help with the cost of tuition fees.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

The Access to Learning Fund is made available to universities by the Government to enable them to support vulnerable students. Although any home student who is full-time or at least 50% of full-time can apply, the Fund is intended in particular to:

  • Assist those who need extra financial help to meet particular costs not covered by statutory or other sources of funding.
  • Help students in financial hardship
  • Provide emergency payments for unexpected crises
  • Help where students are considering leaving because of financial problems

UEA Hardship Fund

Our Hardship Fund is available to help students who are not eligible for help from ALF. This means students who have been assessed as EU or Overseas for fees purposes.

For more information on any of the above please contact Student Services.


Disabled students allowance (DSA)

If you are a student with a disability or other long term health condition, such as a mental health condition, a specific learning difficulty such as dyspraxia or dyslexia, or a chronic physical condition, the DSA can help you pay for extra costs you incur as a direct result.

A DSA can also assist with other forms of support to help you during your studies. That might include a note taker, a sign language interpreter, specialist equipment or other study-related costs.

To find out whether you are eligible, you’ll need to send proof of your disability to Student Finance England. You’ll need to get a letter from your specialist of GP confirming the diagnosis of the condition, what your learning difficulty is and how long you’ve been affected by it. With dyslexia and dyspraxia, you’ll also need to send a full diagnostic assessment report which must have been carried out after you turn 16.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the DSA when the general student finance application service opens (usually open in February and closing in May each year). The earlier you apply, the better chance all the services and/or equipment will be in place ready for the start of your course.


Travel Grants

If you’re attending a clinical placement in the UK or studying abroad as part of your course, this grant can help with travel costs and reasonable travel expenses during the academic year. You may have to cover the first £303 of your travel costs yourself but, depending on your household income, you can claim back anything you have to spend over this amount.