European Financial Support (EFS)

If you are in financial difficulty, you may be able to apply for financial support through the European Financial Support (EFS) fund.

Who can apply?

The European Financial Support (EFS) fund can provide discretionary financial assistance to all full time non-UK students registered at the University of Kent and eligible to pay tuition fees at the ‘EU’ rate, and all non-UK University of Kent students (including overseas rate fee-payers) studying abroad as part of their degree programme.

What is the financial support offered through EFS?

The EFS fund can provide up to £500 financial support per year to students experiencing emergency situations or those experiencing a financial deficit over the academic year.  

When can I apply?

Application forms for 2021/22 are now available.

How do I apply for EFS?

Applications for the 2021/2022 academic year can now be accepted.  Please read the information sheet below and then complete the application form. The form should be sent by email to the Financial Aid office,, together with the necessary evidence.

Are there any exemptions or things to be aware of when applying?

Please note that the fund is limited. Applications will be considered until all funds have been allocated or until 17 June 2022, whichever comes first. 

The fund cannot be used to meet the cost of tuition fees.  

When and how will I find out if my application has been successful?

Provided that an application form has been accurately completed, and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, an assessment and decision will be made within 20 working days of submission.  

Awards will be paid directly into a student’s UK bank account  

Can I appeal if my EFS application is unsuccessful?

Students who are unsuccessful in their application may appeal against the decision. Any appeal must be made in writing within 4 weeks from the date of the original decision marked CONFIDENTIAL and sent by email to All information held with your EFS application will be reviewed by the Head of Student Financial Services where an independent decision from the original assessment will be made  

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