Students Staff

Financial Support

We offer a range of loans and funds if you are from a low house-hold income background, have no family support or you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulty. We also offer plenty of tools and tips showing you how you can be more efficient with your finances. We will help you to forget about your money worries, so that you can get on with your studies.

Fund Who it's for
Hardship Fund UK, EU and international undergraduate and postgraduate students who are experiencing unforeseen and unexpected financial difficulty. The fund will be awarded based on individual circumstances to assist with core living costs and to help you to continue with your studies.

Students who are experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) may apply to the Hardship Fund for financial assistance. This also includes students who are unable to access to IT equipment to continue their studies.
Late Funding Loan Undergraduate and postgraduate students who are eligible and have applied for funding from Student Finance or the NHS, but have not yet received any payments.
Final Year Fund The Final Year Fund is not available to students in academic year 2019/20. Please apply for the Hardship Fund for support towards any financial difficulties that you may be currently experiencing.
Care Leaver Bursary Undergraduate students who were in UK local authority care before starting their course at Essex and postgraduates who were under 25 at the start of their course.
Refugee Bursary Undergraduate and postgraduate students with UK refugee status, or who are children of UK refugees.

There are some great tools and tips to support you with your finances throughout your studies and beyond!


Need advice about taking control of your money? Keep your finances on track by getting access to free online money management modules from Blackbullion.

Blackbullion is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you take control of your financial future. You'll develop your money management skills and maximise the value of bursaries and other financial aid.

Available free of charge to all students, just register with your University of Essex email address. If who don’t yet have a University email address, you can use the University Code 'ESSEXOD'. There are plenty of modules to work through during your spare time, some of which include:

  • Preparing for Uni
  • Student Loan Repayment Estimator
  • Budgeting and Budget Calculator
  • Debt
  • 21 Days of Savings
  • Money choices
  • Credit Cards

External sources of Funding

There are also various organisations who may be able to help you fund your studies: