International Hardship Fund (IHF)

If you are an international student experiencing financial difficulty, you may be eligible for financial support through the International Hardship Fund (IHF).

Who can apply?

The International Hardship Fund (IHF) 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 ‘overseas’ rate.

The IHF fund can provide financial support to students experiencing emergency situations.  

What is the financial support offered through IHF?

The IHF fund can provide up to £1000 financial support per year to students experiencing emergency situations or those experiencing a financial deficit over the academic year.

When can I apply?

This fund is now CLOSED and will re-open again in the next academic year.

How do I apply for IHF?

Application forms for the 2022/23 academic year will be available from 26th September 2022. 

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

The fund cannot be used for payment of tuition fees.

Please note that the fund is limited. Applications (once open) will be accepted up to 16 June 2023 or until the funds have been used, whichever comes the sooner.

Applications from 1st year Tier 4/Student visa route students will be considered but it is unlikely that they will be made an award. This is because they would have had to provide evidence that they have made adequate provision to pay their tuition fees and living costs before they started their course.

Applications are unlikely to be considered where students are in receipt of a government or US loan or where the reason for application to the fund is due to fluctuations in exchange rates.

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

Provided that an application form has been accurately completed, the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, and an email discussion with a senior member of the Finance Office has taken place, a 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 IHF 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 IHF 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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