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University of Brunel Support

The University of Brunel offers the following support for eligible students.

Financial Hardship Fund

Funding available to help students with difficult unexpected periods. This fund is intended to help in times of unexpected need, not to be a main source of support.

NOTE: The University Hardship Fund (UHF) is not available to students in the first term of teaching.

For more information and application, please see here: Financial Hardship Fund (

Emergency Loans

A short-term repayable loan of £50, £100, £150 or £200 for students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship during their studies.

No interest will be charged on this emergency loan.

Union of Brunel Students Support

If you wish to apply for any of the following support, please contact, who would advise you on how to apply and process the application with you.

Emergency Hardship Fund

The Emergency Hardship Fund is supported by a contribution from the Brunel University Alumni. It exists to assist Brunel Students who are facing significant challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Our aim with this fund is to support an immediate need, with a quicker turnaround and with smaller awards. To apply to the scheme applicants must be a registered Brunel student.

Please complete the form here to apply

If you require an award of over £300 then please speak to a Student Adviser about applying to the main Union Hardship Fund instead.

Hardship Fund

The Union Hardship Fund is supported by an annual contribution from the Brunel University Alumni.  It exists to assist students who are facing acute financial difficulty in meeting their basic living costs (excluding tuition fees).

The request for hardship assistance would be for unexpected and unavoidable expenditure.

The fund is not intended to assist students with prolonged funding support, but merely with temporary, short-term financial emergency. Our aim is to make a discernible difference in students’ lives and, if possible, assist them with remaining on their course.

Making Mum Proud Bereavement Fund

Making Mum Proud is a charity set up to support students in higher education between the ages of 18 and 26, who have lost a parent or legal guardian. Making Mum Proud will consider applications for financial support towards tuition fees, purchase course resources, contribution towards accommodation costs, utility bills, etc.

  • The minimum award is £50 and the maximum award is £250. 
  • Full applications are considered within 5-7 working days of submission of a complete application form.    Decisions will be communicated to applicants within 10 working days of submission of a complete application form.     
  • Where an applicant is awarded some financial support by MMP, the amount awarded is final and there is no right of appeal.   
  • Applicants are limited to one application for financial support each academic year.

Applicants must:

  • be a registered Brunel Student (not in abeyance or in appeal process)
  • be able to demonstrate the loss of a parent or legal guardian while studying at Brunel University
  • provide evidence of need, eg free arrears letter from bursary, resources (copy of course list/estimate for repair), accommodation costs letter from landlord, utility bills from suppliers, replacement furniture (photograph/estimate for repairs). Such evidence must be original documents. Copies will not be accepted.