Student hardship funding

Student hardship funding

The University and the College have hardship funds that can be made available as either a loan (from the College) or a grant (from the University) to current students who find themselves unexpectedly and unforeseeably in financial need. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please read our advice and help with financial matters page first.

University and College Hardship Funds Hilary Term 2022

Oxford Hardship Fund

The Oxford Hardship Fund is the University’s hardship fund for all students, regardless of fee status or course start date. It provides funds in the approximate range of £500 - £6000, with awards in the latter end of the range normally consisting of a grant and loan combination. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are currently experiencing unforeseen and unforeseeable hardship and that their situation is sustainable overall (i.e. if the applicant receives an award, that will be enough to return them to a financially sustainable position). Students whose primary cause of hardship is due to covid-19 are not eligible to apply for this fund. For full eligibility requirements please see the OHF website. Applications are considered on a termly basis; please email the Registry Office with a brief summary of your circumstances and amount of funding required if you are interested in applying as the Registry Team will have to complete a section on behalf of the college and can only support you if they have enough and relevant information.

Oxford Hardship Fund Application Form 

Once you have completed the online form, the Registry Team will be notified. They will complete the college part of the application form. Your supervisor will also need to complete a section, so make sure to send it to them in time.

IMPORTANT: If you are considering applying for this fund please let the Registry Office know straightaway as the deadline for Hilary Term for returning your application form and documents to the Registry Office is this Wednesday 2 February at 12noon.  

Oxford Hardship Fund Guidance Notes for students

For Home fee status students: If your fee status is set as ‘Home’ (not EU or Overseas), you can submit OHF applications on a rolling basis. While you must demonstrate financial need you do not have to demonstrate that your financial difficulty was unforeseen, but you do need to have taken out the full government support available to you (e.g. master’s or doctoral loans). Grants of up to £2500 per year are offered through this scheme; if additional funds are needed your application will be assessed with the OHF applications for EU and Overseas students, which do have more strict criteria (please see above for details) so please keep this in mind when preparing your application. Please see the OHF website for more details. The application form is the same for both varieties of OHF (Home and EU/Overseas). Please email the Registry Office if you are interested in applying.


Covid Hardship Fund

The Covid-19 Assistance Fund is available to ALL postgraduate students of any fee status; students in their first year of study must ensure that they have clearly demonstrated sustainability in their funding arrangements for the remainder of their course, beyond any support granted through the CAF when applying to the CAF. Research students who have submitted their thesis, including those undertaking corrections or resubmitting, are not eligible to apply. Students who are funded by scholarships are expected to seek support from their scholarship’s covid extension scheme (if applicable) in the first instance. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are experiencing hardship as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic and can be awarded grants of up to £5000. Please read the CAF webpage for more information, and please email the Registry Office with a brief summary of your circumstances and the amount of funding required if you are interested in applying. Applications will be considered on a monthly basis, applications received after 20th of each month will be considered the following month. 

Covid-19 Assistance Fund Application Form

Covid-19 Assistance Fund guidance notes for students


College hardship fund and loans

The St Antony’s College Hardship Fund is available to assist students of any fee status who are experiencing unforeseen and unforeseeable financial hardship. Like the OHF it can only offer awards to those whose financial situation does not appear to be unsustainable; awards up to £5000 may be awarded and can be offered in the form of grants, interest-free loans, or a combination of the two. Awards are not normally made to research students who have already submitted their theses. For full eligibility criteria please see the guidance listed on the first two pages of the application form.  Applications will be considered on a monthly basis, applications received after 20th of each month will be considered the following month.

College Hardship Fund Application Form HT 22

If you should have any questions or would like to discuss which hardship fund to apply to, please contact the College Registrar directly for an appointment.