We have created a Cost of Living Hardship Fund (CLHF) to release these funds to students. The fund can be used to help with rent or any other increased living costs due to the cost of living crisis.
Fund applications open 6 March 2023
The CLHF is now CLOSED as we have reached capacity and processing of applications will now begin.
We encourage you to read the guidance on how to apply in advance so you can apply quickly once the Cost of Living Hardship Fund opens on 6 March.
Once we reach the application threshold, we will close the fund so we can begin processing applications.
Who can apply?
The Cost of Living Hardship Fund is open to all taught and research students registered at the University of Kent on a course of study leading to the award of a certificate, diploma or degree qualification, including Foundation Year courses that form an integrated stage of an award-bearing course. Students at KMMS and those studying at our European Centres are eligible to apply.
Priority will be given to students who have not been awarded other hardship funds.
You are encouraged to apply quickly as once we reach the application limit, we will close the fund so we can start processing the applications.
*Pharmacy students are not eligible for this fund and need to get in touch with Greenwich Fund Awards and Bursaries Team.
What is the financial support offered through the Cost of Living Hardship Fund?
The UK Government has provided additional funding of £15m to English universities to address individual student hardship faced due to the increased cost of living. Of that, the University of Kent has been allocated £126k, which must be awarded to students by 31 July 2023, to add to existing hardship funds.
Students who have faced financial hardship resulting from the increased cost of living are invited to apply for an individual award of £300 to help any increased living costs.
How do I apply for Cost of Living Hardship Fund?
To apply for the fund, you will need to complete the online application form (opens 6 March).
You will be asked to:
- Write a supporting statement explaining how the cost of living increase has impacted you.
- Supply one month's bank statements from your main bank account.
- Supply your bank details so direct payment can be made if your application is successful.
If you would like advice or support with your application, please contact Kent Union’s Advice Service.
Are there any exemptions or things to be aware of when applying?
We will prioritise students who have not already received hardship funding from the University.
Pharmacy students are not eligible for this fund and need to get in touch with Greenwich Fund Awards and Bursaries Team.
When and how will I find out if my application has been successful?
The Financial Aid Office will assess your application and decide if an award is appropriate. Assessment of applications should be completed by the 31 March 2023.
UPDATE - We have processed some of the successful applications and payments are now being made. Please note we are still working through the remaining applications and a further update will be sent in due course.
You will receive an email confirmation letting you know of the decision and, if you have been successful, the proposed payment date you can expect your funds.
We aim to make payments by the end of April. Please note any overseas payments may take longer due to banking processes.
Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?
There is no appeal process for Cost of Living Hardship Fund, but the Financial Aid Team may suggest other financial support if your application is not successful.
You are welcome to apply for other University emergency hardship funds where appropriate. You can also get in touch Kent Union’s Advice Service for more information.