Financial Support for Enrolled Students

The Courtauld Hardship Fund

The Courtauld Hardship Fund provides short-term emergency funds to meet the immediate financial needs of students registered at The Courtauld Institute of Art.  It is intended to provide support for short-term urgent needs, such as living costs and rent, and cannot be used in payment of tuition fees.

Please note that UK Undergraduate students who meet the relevant criteria will automatically be assessed for a Courtauld Bursary at the start of each academic year.

Eligibility criteria for the Hardship Fund

To be eligible you must meet all the criteria below:

  • You must be enrolled as a student at The Courtauld (either full-time or part-time)
  • You must have applied for all other eligible sources of funding before applying to The Courtauld Hardship Fund. This could include means-tested maintenance student loans and grants, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Parents Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant, Council Tax Reduction
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have made reasonable provisions to cover your tuition fees and living expenses, for which supporting evidence is required. This will require submitting financial information, such as your bank statements
  • No financial support can be provided towards payment of tuition fees under any circumstances
  • You can only apply once during the academic year for hardship funding

Assessment and notification

Applications can only be assessed once your application form and all required supporting documents have been submitted.  Supporting documents include bank statements for the three months up to the date of your application, Student Loan letters, and other relevant evidence to support your claim.

Applications are assessed in the order of receipt.  The assessment will be made based on your income and outgoings, and your personal circumstances.

We will normally make our assessment within 48 hours.  If your financial situation is desperate, immediate payment of £50 (in cash) will be made to you on the day of your application.

You do not have to repay any money obtained from the Hardship Fund.

Awards of up to £1,000 can be made from the Hardship Fund.  Normally financial support is in the £400 – £600 range.  Payments are made by bank transfer to your account.

The Hardship Fund is limited, so once all the funds have been allocated to students, the Hardship Fund will close for the academic year.

We will contact you via your Courtauld email address to notify you of the outcome of your application.