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COVID-19 Relief Fund (Phase 5)

Information about the fund set up to support Herts students facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The Covid-19 Hardship Fund (Phase 5) has been set up to support University of Hertfordshire students facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Please make sure you read the full eligibility and application information before you apply.  The Fund is limited in size, so students who are most in need will be prioritised. Applications from students who are not eligible will be automatically rejected. 

A maximum award of £300 will be made to successful students.

Who can apply?

All Herts students studying at Level 4 (first year) onward are eligible to apply, i.e. Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught, Postgraduate Research, online, part-time and full-time.

Students studying a Herts degree at a consortium college (Hertford Regional College; North Hertfordshire College; Oaklands College; West Herts College), including integrated foundation degrees, are also eligible to apply.

Who will be given priority? 

  • Students who have had no other form of financial support previously e.g., through the 2019-20 Covid Relief Fund; the University Financial Assistance Fund (UFAF) [previously known as the Hardship fund]; the Overseas Students’ Hardship Fund (OSHF); or a UH accommodation rebate.
  • Students who are continuing their current programme of study beyond July 2021.

If eligible, you will need say why you are asking for the award and provide supporting evidence in the form of electronic copies (or screenshots) of your bank statements for the last three months.

When can I apply?

Applications for funding will open on Monday 24 May at 09.00 and close on Monday 31 May at 23.30. We are sorry, but we cannot accept late submissions.

How do I apply?

Complete the online application form. Enter your personal details accurately, make a clear statement about why you would like to be considered for a financial award and submit your supporting evidence (last three months bank statements).

Important - All supporting files must be saved with your student ID number in the name e.g., 18071838bankstatement and image files must be png or jpeg. We may not be able to process your application if it contains incorrect details, mis-labelled files, or the wrong file type.

What happens after applying?

All applications will be considered after the closing date. Please do not send any follow-up emails to check on the progress of your application; this will only slow down processing times for all applicants. 

When will I know if I have been successful?

We aim to inform successful applicants by 31 July.  Unsuccessful students will be notified after this date. We are sorry but due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we cannot enter into individual correspondence about those that are unsuccessful.

What if I have problem with submitting or a question about the process?

Please email   

Additional Information

Please note that any award given is discretionary and that there is no right of appeal.

Support and Information

If you are not eligible to apply, or your application is unsuccessful, please see the Financial Support page on Ask Herts for advice and information about financial support services available to students at the University of Hertfordshire.

For general support and advice you can get in touch with the Students’ Union Advice and Support team via e-mailing details of your query to

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