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Please note that this application process is new for 2022. We thank you in advance for your patience whilst we adjust to using the new process. 

Funding to support Ukrainian students 

Please see this webpage for full guidance on the finanical support available for Ukrainian students and the link to the application form: Funding to support Ukrainian students | Cambridge students.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot meet your living costs as a result of events in Ukraine, please contact your College in the first instance for advice. Your College may be able to offer you support and/or they may support an application to the University Special Hardship Scheme. Applications can be made through an online application form and will need to be supported by your College Senior Tutor. 


The Special Hardship Fund is available for:

  • Students who are intermitting and have no other available financial support 
  • Students on a Year Abroad at the University of Cambridge
  • Students who have been impacted financially by the war on Ukraine 


These eligibility criteria should be considered in addition to the General Eligibility Principles and Guidance of the University's Hardship Funds

Intermitting Students 

To be eligible for this fund, students need to be currently on intermission or about to commence a period of intermission. The expectation is that this application is made at the start of the intermission period.

As the fund is limited, to receive an award, students need to demonstrate that they will be in extreme hardship during their intermission without support from this fund; this includes not having a place of support to which they can return to during intermission.  

Year Abroad 

To be eligible for this fund students need to be undergraduate students undertaking the year abroad portion of their degree. Students must also be able to demonstrate that without this award they will be placed in severe financial difficulty. 

Support for students financially impacted by the war on Ukraine 

To be eligible for this fund, students need to be able to show how they have been financially impacted by the war on Ukraine. 

Please note that there is funding available specifically for Ukrainian students, more information is available here: Funding to support Ukrainian students | Cambridge students

*please note that support with UK hotel quarantine costs ended at the end of Lent term 2021/2022. 

How much support is available? 

  • Intermitting students may apply for up to £3,350 during their course of study
  • Up to £1,500 for Year Abroad students 
  • Students who have been impacted by the war on Ukraine may apply for up to £3,350

How to apply 

Students are now able to complete and submit an application directly to the fund (previously students had to apply through their College Senior Tutor). 

Please ensure you complete the following steps before completing the relevant application form:

  1. Talk to your College Senior Tutor (or their nominated representative) about applying 
  2. Read the eligibility criteria above to ensure you are eligible 
  3. Read the application guidance 

Application form 

Applications for support may be made at any time during the academic year.  

Guidance for College Senior Tutors supporting student applications for hardship funding. 

Word copy of Special Hardship Fund application form. 


Please contact the Student Funding and Fee Policy Team using the email address if you have any questions about your eligibility and the application process.