Hardship Funds

Support for Financial Difficulties

All students are asked before starting their programme to confirm that they have sufficient funds to pay for their fees and living expenses. However, students may find themselves in financial difficulty for a variety of reasons, and the college will help students to seek further support.

University COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The University’s COVID-19 Hardship Fund is intended to provide grants of up to £5000 to students whose finances have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since they began their studies at Oxford. Students must be facing exceptional and unexpected financial need which has led to a shortfall in their finances that they are unable to meet through other sources. Applications to the Fund might relate to cancellation of external funding awards; significant loss of financial support from family or a partner; loss of income from changes in employment arrangements; unplanned living costs and continuation charges for those students who need to extend their research programme, or other living or study-related costs for which funding is no longer available. It is a restricted fund: only returning postgraduate students are eligible to apply. For full details of the eligibility criteria and application process please visit our intranet.

College Hardship Fund

The college has limited funds each year to help current students who are experiencing hardship, which is defined as  unexpected financial difficulties with living costs.

Students applying to the Hardship Fund will be required to demonstrate that their hardship is a result of unexpected changes to their financial circumstances, rather than the result of insufficient funding from the outset.

Short-term, interest-free “bridging” loans of up to £500, or temporary adjustments to a fee-payment schedule, may be considered for students experiencing delays to their funding.

Green Templeton College Hardship Fund Policy:

  1. The aim of the Green Templeton College Hardship Fund is to help current students who experience genuine financial hardship with their living costs and excludes any support towards tuition fees, continuation fees or visas.
  2. Hardship Fund support is defined as: short-term financial support for students experiencing unexpected and unforeseeable financial difficulties with living costs.
  3. We follow the University’s definition of ‘unexpected’.
  4. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their hardship is a result of unexpected changes in their financial circumstances, rather than a result of insufficient funding being available from the outset of the course.
  5. All enrolled Green Templeton College students are eligible (including PhD students in their first year and students on one-year or nine-month courses), however those on short courses (one year or less) are unlikely to receive hardship support unless it will clearly relieve a temporary difficulty with cash-flow.
  6. Green Templeton College Hardship Fund awards are not normally made for more than £1,000.
  7. Applicants to the Green Templeton College Hardship Fund must currently be in financial hardship – speculative applications are not permitted. There must be evidence of a financial shortfall at the point of application.
  8. The Green Templeton College Hardship Panel will need to consider whether a student’s long-term financial situation is unsustainable. If the Panel is concerned that a student does not have sufficient funding for the remainder of
    their course then we may not be able to support a student in the short-term and may suggest other courses of action, for example an application to suspend.
  9. Adjusted payment plans to support difficulties with payment of fees are not necessarily hardship, though such a plan may be agreed as part of any package of support for temporary financial hardship.
  10. The Hardship Panel, chaired by the Senior Tutor, meets every two weeks to consider new applications.

Support

If you would like to discuss your situation before submitting an application, please contact the Academic Registrar, Alison Franklin: alison.franklin@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Oxford University Hardship Fund

Students can also apply to the following centrally-administered hardship funds, which offer financial support through grants and/or loans. View further information here.