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Short-Term Assistance Grant (STAG)

This fund is available to all registered students who are struggling with the rising cost of living. STAG is funded by The University of Hertfordshire.


**Please note: STAG is now closed for the 2023/24 academic year**


If you are a current University of Hertfordshire student struggling to cover essential, day-to-day living expenses, then you may be eligible for the Short-Term Assistance Grant (STAG). STAG offers discretionary short-term financial assistance for both Overseas and Home students struggling with the rising cost of living. Successful applicants will receive a non-repayable financial award of £250.

How to apply

Please read the full criteria and the application process here: Short-Term Assistance Grant (STAG). Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

To apply for STAG, 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.*

We will require the latest, one-month (30 days) bank statement from all bank accounts held in your name.


To be considered for the fund you must be:

  • studying at the University of Hertfordshire;
  • studying in higher education (Level 4 or above) at Hertford Regional College, North Hertfordshire College, Oaklands College, West Hertfordshire College and Southgate College; or
  • studying in higher education at other UK Partner Institutions not listed above.

STAG fund is accessible to students with no recourse to public funding. Your eligibility is not restricted if you meet the STAG eligibility criteria.

Dates and Deadlines

STAG opening and closing dates are shown in the below table.


Opening date

Closing date

Autumn Term

Monday 9th October 2023

Friday 15th December 2023 by 4:00pm

Spring Term

Monday 15th January 2024

Friday 22nd March 2024 by 4:00pm

Summer Term

Monday 15th April 2024

Friday 10th May 2024 by 4:00pm

Please note, STAG funds are limited. Once funds have been exhausted, STAG may be closed outside of the dates stated above, without advanced warning. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply early for STAG as funds will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.    

Receiving an award

If your STAG application is successful, you will be informed of the decision and the date you will receive payment. All correspondence will be sent to your student email address.

Awarded funds will be paid by BACS into your nominated bank account. Funds cannot be paid in cash.


An assessment of the completed application and a decision will be made within 4 working weeks. This timescale may be longer during busy periods. Please note this timescale is for decisions on applications only and not for payment of an award.


The decision on your application from this grant are final. There is no right to appeal. However, if you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, please contact the team via the following email:


You can only submit one application, per an academic year.

Other Support

All other financial support offered at the University of Hertfordshire is listed on the Financial Support page on Ask Herts. 

STAG can be held in conjunction with other University awards that you may be eligible for.