Financial Support

There are a number of Financial Support options offered by the University and the College.  These are listed below together with their respective application processes:

If you have any queries regarding your finances, e.g. financial hardship, budgeting, payment plans, Student Finance then please contact Cathy Henderson, the Academic Finance Manager on academic.finance@lmh.ox.ac.uk. Cathy has a wealth of experience in dealing sensitively with issues of student financial support, and helping students who find themselves in financial difficulties or in need of professional and supportive guidance.

The College's Grants Committee meets every term in 5th week to consider applications for support across a range of programmes. Students can apply for grants from the College for assistance in covering the costs associated with academic development and other areas. Grants Committee also considers applications from students who have also applied for University financial support. Applications for support can also be considered for 'Chair's Action' outside of the scheduled meetings, by emailing the Academic Finance Manager.

 

Financial Support with the costs of Vacation Residence

Students who require of out-of-term accommodation in College should apply for the accommodation through the Bursary at any time during the Academic Year. Please email your request to Penny Hall, Accommodation Manager.  Stand Alone/Independent students can apply for the full year’s accommodation at the beginning of the Academic Year.  Charges for Vacation Residence will automatically be battelled to your account, however if you require financial assistance with covering the cost of the accommodation, please contact the Academic Finance Manager.

 

Oxford Hardship Fund (OHF) 

OHF Application Form

OHF Tutor Support Form

OHF Guidance Notes

The University’s Oxford Hardship Fund aims to assist students who are experiencing financial difficulty.

Enrolled and suspended students with Home fee status who have a shortfall in their finances will be assessed by the Student Fees and Funding team and considered for a grant of up to £2,000. Applications are accepted from Monday 5 October 2020 (MT0) until Friday 18 June 2021 (TT8) and are assessed on a rolling basis by the Student Fees and Funding team.

Enrolled students with Overseas, EU, or Islands fee status must be experiencing unexpected and unforeseeable financial difficulties due to circumstances which could not have been predicted at the start of their course.  Applications are accepted from Monday 5 October 2020 (MT0) until Friday 30 April 2021 (TT1) and will be prepared by the Student Fees and Funding team for consideration at the next scheduled University Hardship Committee termly meeting.

Term

Application deadline

Committee meeting

Michaelmas term 2020

Friday of Week 3
30 October 2020

Thursday of Week 6
19 November 2020

Hilary term 2021

Friday of Week 3
05 February 2021

Thursday of Week 6
25 February 2021

Trinity term 2021

Friday of Week 1
30 April 2021

Thursday of Week 4
20 May 2021

 

University COVID-19 Fund (CHF) 

CHF Application Form

CHF Guidance Notes

The University is launching a new COVID-19 Hardship Fund (CHF) for the 2020/21 academic year, replacing the Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) which operated in Trinity term 2020.

The CHF is a University-wide scheme designed to support students whose financial situation has been affected by the pandemic. The COVID-19 Hardship Fund is intended to provide grants of up to £5,000 to students whose finances have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since they began their studies at Oxford. Students must be facing exceptional and unexpected financial need which has led to a shortfall in their finances that they are unable to meet through other sources. E.g cancellation of external funding awards; significant loss of financial support from family or a partner; unplanned living costs and continuation charges for those students who need to extend their research Programme.  For more information please see Oxford CHF.

 

LMH Student Support Fund

LMH also offers its own Student Support Fund, which is available to all current members of the JCR and MCR. All applications to the Oxford Hardship Fund will automatically be assessed for LMH Student Support Funding.

 

LMH Academic Development Fund 

Application Form

Guidance Notes

The LMH Grants and Student Support Committee may be able to offer financial assistance for exceptional course-related academic expenses, such as: Presentation of a paper or attendance at a conference, Research visits, Exceptional research expenses, Language courses relevant to degree, Equipment for clinical medics.

If you wish to be considered for financial assistance from the LMH Academic Development Fund, please apply online here. It is important that you carefully read the notes for guidance which are included at the start of the online application form. Completed applications must be submitted by noon on Friday of 3rd Week of each term.  Applications will be acknowledged after the closing date and outcomes notified by 7th Week.

Please ensure you contact your Personal Tutor or College Advisor (not your supervisor) for their support - you should ask your Tutor / Advisor to complete this form in support of your application before the deadline. Please note this is your responsibility and they will not be approached independently.

 

College Life Fund 

Application Form

LMH has a limited College Life Fund, which can provide small grants towards the cost of non-academic activities such as music, art, drama and sports. Priority for CLF is given to funding activities that most contribute to College life. If you would like to make an application please fill in the form online here by noon on Friday of 3rd week of each term.  Awards are generally in the region of £50.

 

Amalgamated Sport Club

LMH team sport captains or individuals who are member of University Sports Teams are welcome to apply to the Amalgamates Sport Club Committee for financial assistance. The ASC committee meet once a term in 4th week.  Forms can be downloaded for Teams and Individuals.

 

Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursaries 

Student Application Form

Student Guidance Notes

The University has created a fund for first-degree UK students who are starting or continuing on an undergraduate course and who are care leavers/care-experienced or estranged from their family. Eligible students are able to apply to Student Fees and Funding for bursaries up to a maximum of £3,000 per year (£1,500 per year pre-2020) and will continue to be eligible to apply for Oxford Hardship Fund, where this may be required in addition. The application form for this funding is available here. Please submit your application form to Andrew Forshew-Cain, Acting Head of Welfare. Applications for these bursaries will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you have questions about this fund, or require any advice/assistance please contact Andrew Forshew-Cain or Cathy Henderson.

 

The Coombe Fund

The Coombe Fund provides support in the first instance to UK undergraduate Freshers at LMH in financial need, helping to fund the costs of setting up for your studies at Oxford, e.g. buying a bicycle, laptop, books, sub fusc, and ‘smart’ clothing. Household-income-assessed grants of up to £1,000 are available. You can find out more information about this here: https://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/financial-issues/coombe-fund  and apply via this link.

Who is eligible

UK based freshers (1st Years) coming from a family with an income of below £42,875. Stand Alone/Independent students are of course eligible and encouraged to apply.

Current undergraduates on course can also apply for help with unexpected expenses.

When to apply

Eligible freshers are encouraged to apply for support before they start their course at LMH. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

How to apply

Apply via this link https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/coombe-fund-application-2020-21

If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with Cathy Henderson, Academic Finance Manager

Further information

Awards of up to £1,000 will be made, with some items subject to financial limits.

Awards of up to £300 for current undergraduate student.