Covid Hardship Fund

We have received additional funding from the Government to support students facing financial difficulties arising from the impact of coronavirus. 

The Covid Hardship Fund is open from Thursday 3 June to Thursday 24 June 2021.

This additional Government funding is there to help students who may be facing additional costs, for example due to having to maintain accommodation in more than one location, loss of employment, or extra costs to access teaching online, and will help to enable students to continue with their courses and achieve successful outcomes. This funding is open to all students who are facing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including:

  • If you have received support through previous Covid support funds.
  • Those who have accessed the Keele University Hardship Fund this academic year.
  • Those currently on a leave of absence.
  • International students

How to apply:

In order to apply for the funding, we have developed a straightforward application process to ensure that we can distribute these funds to as many students as possible who are facing additional costs as a result of the pandemic.

After the application window has closed, we will assess all applications and all eligible students will be notified of their award. Students will receive an award which will be calculated on a needs-assessed basis. All funds will then be distributed by the end of July 2021.

Further information:

The funding is intended to help students facing additional costs due to Covid-19, including:

  • Students paying double rent, or those struggling to pay rent (both on and off campus)
  • Those affected by lack of work or ability to work
  • Those whose family have been financially impacted by Covid-19
  • Students experiencing difficulty engaging with their studies due to the need for IT equipment or internet access
  • Care leavers and estranged students
  • Those with caring responsibilities
  • Students with disabilities or who are clinically vulnerable
  • Mature students and postgraduate students
  • Those living locally because they are currently in the category of those who can still participate in in-person study, as defined by the Government. This can be to help with living costs or rent
  • Any student who may be classed as vulnerable. This could be Covid-related clinical vulnerability, or vulnerable due to other circumstances/health conditions
  • International students who may not be able to travel and are experiencing financial difficulties

If you wish to speak to a member of staff about your application or if you need help with applying, you can make an online appointment or email