COVID winter support fund
The COVID winter support fund extends the financial support currently provided by our existing hardship funds and is available to all students from 15 February until the end of March 2021.
This new fund, made available by the Scottish Government, is available to all students who are in need of financial support due to COVID.
Priority will be given to students who are facing additional accommodation costs and are unable to secure rent rebates while not returning to their term-time accommodation.
Home, rest of UK, international (overseas fee status) and EU students studying full or part-time are welcome to apply for support with living costs.
How to apply
The University recognises that, during the current pandemic crisis, many more students may find themselves in financial difficulties. We are trying to speed up the response time, while also dealing with more cases than normal. In addition, we are providing more funding for students and introducing a simplified approach for urgent cases.
As well as scholarships and bursaries, there may be other forms of financial support available to you from UK governments, depending on your circumstances and eligibility. Find out more about financial support available.
Student hardship funds
Discretionary hardship fund
The University receives money every year from the Scottish Government to assist students who are experiencing financial difficulty. Money is awarded for help with living costs (not tuition fees) and is paid as a grant. The fund is discretionary. To be eligible you must:
- be a registered student either full- or part-time
- accessed the maximum student loan you are entitled to
- provide evidence of your financial situation, such as current bank statements; and
- show that you have tried to budget your finances.
If you are a home full-time student and in receipt of the full student loan you are entitled to, you can apply for assistance to help pay formal registered childcare costs.
Laptop loan scheme
The Scottish Funding Council has provided additional funding to tackle digital exclusion. The support will come in the form of a laptop loan for eligible students. To be eligible you must:
- be a registered home or 'Rest of UK' student either full- or part-time
- normally have accessed the maximum student loan you are entitled to
- provide details of your IT requirements
Overseas students studying at the Scottish campuses
The University has a limited fund to assist overseas students studying at the Scottish campuses who get into financial difficulty. Money may be awarded for help with living costs (not tuition fees) and is paid as a grant. The fund is discretionary and limited. To be eligible you must:
- be a registered student studying at the Scottish campuses
- provide evidence of your financial situation, such as current bank statements
- show that you have tried to budget your finances; and
- show that you have had exceptional circumstances that affected your financial situation.
How to apply for hardship funds
To apply, please use myHWU (student portal) and the ASK HWU tile.
Enter HARDSHIP and select the option 'How do I apply for support due to unexpected financial hardship'.