A message to students from Sally-Ann Gannon, Head of Student Funding, about available Government hardship funding.

Dear students,

The Government has announced additional funding that is intended to help students who are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has asked universities to distribute the funding, which is why I am writing to you today.

The Department for Education has asked Universities to communicate a letter to students from the Universities Minister. This includes further details of the hardship funds.

Students facing financial hardship for any reason are eligible to apply for this funding, but guidance from Government indicates the following students should be prioritised:

  1. Students facing additional costs arising from having to maintain accommodation in more than one location (this will apply mostly to those students paying for private rented accommodation in Cambridge and elsewhere)
  2. Students experiencing hardship related to the purchase of IT equipment and connectivity services.

The following students may also receive funding:

  1. Students who may have been unable to keep jobs based close to term-time accommodation, if they have been unable to access the Coronavirus Job Retention Support Scheme (CJRS)
  2. Students who have previously applied for hardship funding and now need additional support this academic year
  3. Students who have been forced to temporarily suspend their studies for a variety of reasons, including because they are recovering from COVID-19, have been forced to self-isolate or have caring responsibilities.

This extra funding is in addition to the funds that the University and Colleges make available every year to support students in financial hardship. If you do not fit into the five groups above, but are in need of financial support, you may still be able to apply for hardship funding. Please follow the links below for the eligibility criteria for University funds. Additionally, students in financial need can also approach their own College’s hardship funds.

The government’s additional funding will be offered through the University Hardship funds in the Lent term. We have been asked to allocate these funds by March so please note there is some urgency for you to apply to meet closing dates set out below. The usual maximum for awards will apply.

How to apply

  1. Undergraduate students: ask your Tutor to apply on your behalf to the Bell, Abbott and Barnes Fund. Exceptionally this term, applications will be accepted until Monday 8th March.

Hardship Funding for Undergraduate Students | Cambridge students

  1. Postgraduate students: apply to the Postgraduate Hardship fund. The closing date is Monday 8th March. The online application form can be accessed from the website below.

Hardship Funding for Postgraduate Students | Cambridge students

  1. Intermitting students only: apply to the Special Hardship Fund’. Ask your Tutor to provide you with the application form and submit your application by Monday 8th March 2021.

If you have already applied to University hardship funds this term, your application will be considered for this additional funding.

Funding will be subject to the usual terms of University Hardship funding in addition to the specific rules of each fund above - General eligibility principles | Cambridge students

If you have any questions, please contact the University Student Funding team at postgraduatefunding@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Yours sincerely.

Sally-Ann Gannon

Head of Student Funding,

University of Cambridge Student Services Centre