Hardship Fund

COVID-19 Update: Due to the current situation we will only be accepting online applications sent via your university email along with all the necessary documents.

When submitting your application please provide as much detail about your situation as possible, please submit the following to ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk:
  • Completed EU/International Hardship Fund Application Form
  • 3 months to date bank statements for ALL bank accounts you hold, including any joint accounts, online accounts, credit cards and PayPal.
  • A copy of your signed rental agreement
  • Sponsor or SAAS award letter
  • Any other documents that support your application or provide evidence of expenditure.

Download the form here*

*If you're using an iOs device, please hold the link and click 'Download Linked File'.

Please send the completed form and evidence, or any enquiries, 

to: ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk.  


If you are experiencing financial difficulties, for any reason, please contact one of the following advice services who will be able to advise you on all emergency support options available to you.

Please contact: ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk or for emergency financial support please contact:

student.support@abdn.ac.uk, see also their webpage - //www.abdn.ac.uk/students/support/money-matters-3400.php#panel3522

EU/International Hardship Fund

Aberdeen University Students’ Association, in partnership with the University Aberdeen Student Advice & Support Office administer a discretionary fund for EU and international students who find themselves in times of unexpected financial hardship.

Application forms can be downloaded above.

You can find a short Q&A below but please don’t hesitate to contact ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk if you have any further questions.


Who can apply to this fund?

Any EU or international student is eligible to apply to the fund.

What can I apply for?

Given the wide range of matters which can affect a student’s financial situation, we do not set a strict definition of hardship or its causes. Where you find yourself in unexpected financial hardship, you are encouraged to contact AUSA Advice or the Student Advice & Support Office who can provide more information on the fund and application process.  However we cannot assist in the payment of tution fees or replace ongoing maintenance. Maitenence is considered to be the costs of  normal living expenses for food, rent, travel etc. We cannot provide assistance from the fund for these purposes.

How long will it take for a decision to be made on my application?

Under normal circumstances, decisions will be made and communicated to applicants within 10 working days of receipt of a valid application (including evidence). If an application requires additional consideration for any reason (i.e. it is made out with term time) the applicant will be informed at the earliest opportunity. Awards from this fund will be made at the discretion of AUSA Advice and the Student Advice & Support Office jointly. 

What evidence do I need to submit?

In order for your application to be accepted, you will be required to provide supporting evidence. Thus includes the following where applicable:
- Sponsor letter showing payments for maintenance.
- Funding Body Award letter
- Three months of itemised bank statements to date showing transactions from all accounts (clearly showing current balance), including savings; joint accounts; accounts in your home country, online accounts, ie Paypal etc.
- Any other documents which support your application e.g. rental agreement, utility bills, credit card statements, payslips, etc.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal this decision?

If your application was unsuccessful, you can appeal by responding to the award decision email you receive. Any appeals will be considered by the Head of Student Support and the AUSA CEO.

General advice on money matters

If you are experiencing financial difficulties and would like to discuss your personal circumstances with an adviser who specialises in money advice, you should make an appointment with a Student Support Adviser. The Student Support Advisers can be contacted by emailing student.support@abdn.ac.uk and they can provide information on budgeting and money management.  They can also signpost you to other services who can assist you with money advice.