Scholarships Need-based
Keele University

The Hardship Fund

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2500 GBP
United Kingdom
28 Jun 2024
Application deadline


Keele University can help you to resolve issues with your Student Finance, create a budget and to help you to explore your options if you’re facing financial hardship. They are also able to ensure that you receive any funding for which you may be eligible, such as bursaries and scholarships.


Scholarship type

Need based

Number of scholarships to award



Up to £2,500

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


Hardship Fund is a discretionary fund available to students experiencing severe financial hardship during their time at Keele University. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis, and successful applicants could be awarded up to £2,000.

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Successful applicants can be awarded up to £2,500 during the academic year. As the Hardship Fund has limited resources, it may not always be possible to cover your full additional financial need.

Your award amount will be calculated based on your individual application assessment. In most cases, only students with child dependents will receive the highest awards.

If your application is successful, we will notify you of your award amount by email.

You will be asked to provide your bank details (account number and sort code) in your Hardship Fund application. It’s important that you check that these are correct as, if your application is successful, your award will be sent by bank transfer to the bank details you have provided.


  • Any Keele University student (undergraduate or postgraduate, home or international, full-time or part-time, including apprentice learners) who is facing severe financial hardship can apply to the Hardship Fund, provided that the student meets the eligibility criteria.

You must meet the following criteria to be able to apply for the Hardship Fund:

  • Be a current Keele student.
  • Demonstrate a shortfall between your income and reasonable expenditure which you are unable to resolve without financial support.
  • Demonstrate that you have exhausted all other available financial assistance prior to application (for example, you must have applied for your full Student Finance entitlement if applicable).
  • They will not be able to consider your application if you did not make reasonable provision to cover your living costs prior to the start of your course. Similarly, you will not be eligible for an award if you have significant expenditure on non-essential purchases or services (such as holidays, premium brand clothing...), or if you have transferred large sums of money to family or friends.

Although they will consider applications from any student, we give priority to the following student groups when deciding how to allocate awards:

  • Students with children;
  • Students with caring responsibilities;
  • Care leavers;
  • Students who are estranged from their family;
  • Students with a disability.

Scholarship requirements




United Kingdom


226 nationalities

Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

28 Jun 2024

Their Hardship Fund application system is managed within the Blackbullion platform. Once you’ve registered with Blackbullion, you will find the online application for the Hardship Fund in the ‘Funding’ tab.

Applications for the 2023/24 Hardship Fund will be open between 25th September 2023 - 28th June 2024.


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