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Is a lack of money causing you stress, or threatening to affect your studies? Come to us for advice. We can help you set up a plan, or guide you to someone that can help.

There are several funds available for students facing financial hardship during their course, including:

UCL Financial Assistance Fund

If you’re a UK undergraduate or postgraduate student, you should apply to the Financial Assistance Fund first. There is a limited pot, so apply early in the year for a better chance of success. You cannot use this fund to pay for tuition fees.

Decisions are usually made within four weeks, and priority will be given to:

- Students with children

- Students from low-income families

- Disabled students

- Mature students with financial commitments

- Self-funding graduate students

UCL Emergency Loans

Loans of up to £250 are available if you suddenly find yourself in financial trouble. These are usually interest-free one month loans, for issues such as a lost bank card or delayed loan payment. You can apply for emergency loans on the UCL website.

Charities and Other Help

There are charities out there that can help you if you fall under certain criteria. Some offer small one-off payments, based on factors such as nationality, family circumstances, religion or disabilities.

Look for these publications in your local library for more information:

- The Charities Digest

- The Grants Register

- The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

- The Educational Grants Directory