International Leeds Hardship Fund
The primary purpose of the International Leeds Hardship Fund (ILHF) is to assist students facing particular financial hardship to continue to participate in Higher Education and reach a successful outcome and completion of the academic year.
The Fund will provide support, on a case-by-case basis, for students who face unexpected financial hardship which puts continuation on their programme at risk, and where they have no access to alternative sources of financial support.
The Fund is intended primarily to assist students personally and not their dependants. It is expected that students will have made provision for any dependants. The Fund may provide support, on a case-by-case basis, for students who face unexpected financial hardship which puts continuation on their programme at risk, and where they have no access to alternative sources of financial support.
The Fund cannot be used to meet the cost of tuition fees.
Where students are impacted by extreme world events, such as natural disaster, invasion or civil war a separate process will be considered by the University of Leeds.
The Fund cannot not be used as a principal source of funding. You will be expected to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds to complete the course at the start of your study, that sufficient funding remained in place at the start of the current academic year, and that you now face an unexpected financial crisis that could not have been reasonably foreseen.
To be eligible to apply to the Fund, you must:
*Students sponsored by the University of Leeds as Tier 4 students will not be eligible for assistance from the Fund if their Tier 4 Sponsorship is temporarily or permanently withdrawn. Any student needing immigration permission to be in the UK will not be eligible if that permission expires or is curtailed by the UK Home Office.
You will need to demonstrate that you had sufficient funds to complete the academic year at the start of the year, and that you now face an unexpected financial crisis that could not have been reasonably foreseen.
How to apply
Contact Leeds University Union Advice (LUUA) to make an initial enquiry about applying to the Fund. You can visit LUUA in the foyer of the Student Union building, or contact them on 0113 3801290 or email@example.com. Your case will be reviewed by an LUUA advisor. If, following the review it is determined that your case meets the ILHF eligibility criteria, you will be supported by LUUA to complete the application form and gather the necessary evidence. Your application will then be forwarded to Funding for assessment.
- A supporting statement from your School
When to apply
You can apply at any time in the academic year, but no later than the last day of your personal academic year.
If your course has a long summer vacation you would be expected to fund the vacation period by working. If you are unable to work e.g. due to illness, we may be able to accept an application during the vacation period.
If there is a further significant change in your financial circumstances in the same academic year, you can ask for your application to be reassessed.
How you are assessed
An assessment of your income and expenditure for the academic year will determine whether or not you had made adequate financial provision for living costs and tuition fees costs, regardless of your current circumstances. If your financial provision is assessed as being inadequate, your application may be unsuccessful. If you are assessed as having made such provision, you will then need to demonstrate a change in your finances to be considered for an award. The change must be one that could not have been reasonably foreseen.
If there is an acceptable change in financial provision, then a further income and expenditure assessment will be carried out to determine your financial need.
The assessment period will cover the date the complete application is received, until the end of your own personal academic year.
Please tell us about any bursaries and scholarships, financial contributions from family or other sources and earnings from paid work.
Any money held in bank accounts and savings accounts will be considered when calculating an award.
We apply a set expenditure level, based on state benefit rates, for general living costs: for example, food, utilities, contents insurance, clothes, TV license, entertainment, and gym membership. For 2019/20 general living costs are £82 a week for single students.
Course-related costs such as books, printing, study materials field trips are capped at £451 per year for full-time students. Course-related travel and childcare are included separately.
Evidenced costs associated with specific learning disability diagnostic test costs will be included as a distinct cost within the overall assessment.
Any other expenditure you consider essential should be included on the application form.
When we assess your application, the Funding team may require further information and evidence. If this is the case, we will contact you at your University email address, so please check your email to ensure your assessment is not delayed.
The outcome of the assessment will be communicated within four working weeks of the date you submit your completed application.
Please note that this decision is final.