Managing your finances is often one of the most challenging parts of adjusting to University life – whether it’s trying to balance a part-time job with your studies or trying to find a way to save up for a summer holiday with your friends. If you find that you are struggling to make ends meet, and you have tried all other forms of financial support such as University bursaries and bank overdrafts, you can apply for extra financial support through the Manchester Hardship Fund
The Hardship fund is designed to be a last resort, so there are strict rules about who is eligible for the fund. Students who:
- Are in their first year
- Started their studies without the financial means to support themselves
- Have not investigated other forms of financial support, such as University bursaries, overdrafts or gaining part-time employment
- Have evidence of unnecessary expenditures on holidays/clothes etc.
are not eligible for the Manchester Hardship Fund (although first year students who have an unforeseen financial crisis may apply). Self-funding postgraduate and International students may also apply for the Fund if their financial circumstances have changed significantly since the start of their course. Students with exceptional circumstances, such as students with caring responsibilities, disabilities or students from low income backgrounds, will normally be given priority for applications.
For more information and advice on the application process, visit the Manchester Hardship Fund page on the Crucial Guide. If you want to get some help and advice about taking care of your money, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)161 275 2035 for advice or +44 (0) 161 275 3033 to book an appointment.