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COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund

The Covid-19 Rent Relief Fund has been set up to support University of Hertfordshire students facing rent-related hardship as a result of Covid-19

The Covid-19 Rent Relief Fund has been set up to support University of Hertfordshire students facing rent-related hardship as a result of Covid-19. The Fund is for students renting accommodation away from home. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to £300.


Opening and closing dates

Applications for funding closed on Tuesday 23 February at 23.30. Sorry, but we cannot accept late submissions.


Who can apply?

All Herts students studying at Level 4 onward can apply, i.e. Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught, Postgraduate Research, online, part-time and full-time.


What are the application criteria?

  • You must have a UK term time address which differs from your home address
  • You must have a current rental contract. This includes UH and non-UH rented accommodation.
  • You must not have received (or be awaiting) a UH rent rebate.

The Covid-19 Rent Relief Fund is limited in size, so we need to prioritise awards for current students experiencing hardship. We are therefore unable to accept applications from dormant students and those on authorised absence (with the exception of Tier 4 students, who were required to complete an authorised absence form in order to study on-line).

Applications from students who are not eligible to apply will be automatically rejected and will slow down the processing of applications for those students most in need.


How do I apply?

To apply, complete this Online Form. The form will not be accessible until Wednesday 17 February at 09.00am.

The Form includes a section for you to explain what additional rent-related costs you have incurred due to Covid-19, and how this has put you into hardship. 

You will need to provide supporting evidence in the form of an electronic copy of your rental contract clearly showing your name, the rental property address, contract start date and date of end or renewal. You must submit your supporting evidence at the time you submit your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being rejected. 


What happens after applying?

All applications will be reviewed 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?

Successful students will be notified by Wednesday 31 March. If you have not heard by then, please assume that you have been unsuccessful. We are sorry but we cannot enter into individual correspondence about unsuccessful applications.


How much can I expect to receive and does the money need to be paid back?

  • The award is discretionary, and will be a maximum of £300 per student.
  • The award is non-repayable, you do not need to pay the University back
  • This is a ‘limited fund’ with claims assessed on a case-by-case basis, using the information and evidence provided.  If the fund is depleted, all subsequent claims will be held in suspense and only assessed if additional resources are added to the fund.


If I’m given an award, how will I be paid?

Payments will be made via bank transfer to the bank account you have nominated in your student record – before making a claim, please ensure your bank details are up to date:


What if I have a 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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