Hardship Fund

This is discretionary support provided by the University of Leicester to assist if you are experiencing financial hardship. Awards are income assessed, intended to help with day-to-day expenses and course related costs.

The Fund can assist if you face higher costs as a result of issues impacting on your life (such as ill-health, disability, and dependents), and with unexpected and exceptional costs such as unplanned relocation; the result of a family bereavement; temporary injury; pregnancy; victim of crime, etc.

If you feel you might qualify, we recommend you speak to an Adviser in the Welfare Service to discuss your situation. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

If you cannot attend an appointment, we can still speak to you via email or telephone.

All our contact details can be found in the 'Contact Us' Section on this screen.

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Check your eligibility, details of the assessment process, and how you are paid

Download an Application Form:

Full-Time Students

Part-Time Students

International students

If you are experiencing financial difficulties you may be able to get some help through the International Hardship Fund, you can download the form or you can collect it from the Student Services Centre located on the ground floor of the Charles Wilson Building.

Please complete the form and post it to the address that is printed on the final page of the form or you can drop it off to the Student Services Centre. 

If you have any queries, please email studentservices@leicester.ac.uk or call 0116 229 7400.

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Opening hours

Due to Covid19 we are no longer offering face to face appointments or drop ins but will consult with students to arrange alternative engagement.

Please contact the Student Welfare Service directly on 0116 223 1185 or email:welfare@le.ac.uk to arrange this.

The Student Welfare Service is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Appointments can be made outside of these hours in special circumstances.

In an emergency, contact University Security on 0116 252 2888.

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+44 (0)116 252 2448


Or visit us in the Student Service Centre, Charles Wilson Building