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Hardship Funds

We want everybody who has earned a place at Wolfson College to be given the financial assistance they need. Funds are available to help students in times of financial strain.

Bredon House

Wolfson College Hardship Fund

The College has a small fund to help students who encounter unexpected hardship. It is advised that you discuss your situation with your Tutor before you apply. You can download the application form here, and the Student Finance Officer Liz Bland can help with your application. As this is a very small fund, the amount of financial help we can give students is limited.

Funds to support students with childcare costs in hardship are also available from the generous benefaction of the Ujejski-Williams Fund.

Bell, Abbott & Barnes Funds for Undergraduates

This is a Cambridge University fund for undergraduate students with unforeseen financial difficulty. You must be a candidate for: BA (including affiliate students), BTh, MB, BChir, VetMB, MusB, CGCM, MEng, MMath, or MSci.

UK students must have applied for their full entitlement of student Maintenance Loan from the SLC before submitting an application to the Bell, Abbott, and Barnes Funds. Students are furthermore expected to have applied for all other statutory and institutional awards to which they are entitled. This includes the Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant (or equivalent in Scotland, Wales or NI).

In addition, you should also have sought assistance from the following sources, where relevant:

  • The Cambridge Bursary Scheme
  • Faculty- or Department- managed funds (for instance, the Rebecca Flower Squire Fund for Law students),
  • Hardship support from your own College

You could receive up to a maximum of £2,000 in one year, based on assessment of your need but most grants are in the range of £100 to £1000.

More information and application form

University Hardship Fund for Postgraduates

Prior to starting their course, all postgraduate students are expected to have arranged sufficient funding for the duration of their studies. It is possible, however, that students will encounter unforeseen financial difficulties. The University Hardship Fund accepts applications four times per year.