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Overseas Emergency Financial Aid (OEFA)

A non-repayable financial award to assist Overseas students who find themselves in financial difficulty. The OEFA is funded by The University of Hertfordshire.

This fund is currently closed and is not accepting applications until early October. 

*NOTE - The Overseas Emergency Fund will open for the 23/24 academic year in early October 2023. This fund will continue to be updated until the fund opens.*

Overseas Emergency Financial Aid (OEFA)

OEFA provides discretionary financial assistance to Overseas and EU (as assessed by the Student Loans Company) students, in the form of a non-repayable monetary award. The fund can help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship.


Students who wish to apply must be currently studying at the University of Hertfordshire and have an overseas fee status or be assessed as EU by the Student Loans Company (SLC), this excludes online and distance learning students. If you a Home student please refer to our University Financial Assistance Fund page

For full information on eligibility and fund opening and closing dates, please see the OEFA Fund Criteria

Please note, that students can only make one application per academic year unless there is an unexpected change in circumstances since their initial application.

How to apply

You will need to register online at using your student email address in the following format *Please note, this is an example, and you should use your own details to sign in.*

The application will ask you for a description of the unexpected financial difficulties you are facing and how you would use this fund if you are successful. You will also need to upload supporting evidence. If any evidence is missing or unclear in your application, we will request this evidence from you through Blackbullion.

If you would like some guidance or support with your application, we offer Drop-in Sessions with a member of the team. You can find out more here.


Assessments are completed using a set of criteria. Award amounts are dependent on the outcome of the assessment.


An assessment and decision should be made within 4 working weeks of submission of a completed application form, including all required documentary evidence.

However, there may be times when this process may take longer than the 4 weeks outlined above; you will be notified via email if we require a longer time for the assessment to be completed.

OEFA Appeal

As this is a discretionary fund and decisions are final, there is no right of appeal. 

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