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 Student Finance Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Student Finance Manager.
Financial Support with the costs of Vacation Residence
Undergraduates who require 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 the Bursary. (Stand Alone/Independent students can apply for the full year’s accommodation at the beginning of the Academic Year. Please email Andrew Foreshew-Cain (Acting Head of Welfare) for details. Charges for Vacation Residence will automatically be batteled to your account, however if you require financial assistance with covering the cost of the accommodation you will need to complete and submit an application to the Oxford Hardship Fund as below.
Oxford Hardship Fund (OHF)
1. Please read the guidance notes and gather all the documentation you need before you start to complete the form.
2. The form needs to be completed in one go, it is not possible to save and return at a later date. 3. Part A of this online form is accessed here.
4. Upon completion of Part A, you will be provided with links to Part B (for College completion) and Part C (for completion by your Personal Tutor). Please send Part C to your Personal Tutor for completion.
5. The system will notify the Academic Office automatically once you have submitted Part A so you do not need to forward Part B.
6. All applications to this fund will also be assessed by College before being submitted to the University.
For more information regarding this fund please see the University Website.
COVID-19 Assistance Fund (CAF)
The CAF is a University-wide scheme designed to support students whose financial situation has been affected by the pandemic. The CAF provides 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. It can thus assist students to complete the final stages of their academic course. 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. Applications to the Fund might relate to 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, or other living or study-related costs for which funding is no longer available.
This scheme is available from week 0 of Michaelmas term 2021 and will run until week 6 of Trinity term 2022 (Friday 3 June 2022).
CAF Application Form
CAF Guidance Notes
For more information please see the University Website.
University Student Support Fund Bursary
The University is launching its’ own Student Support Fund Bursary, which is similar to the College’s Coombe Fund.
The Student Support Fund (SSF) Bursary will be open to applications from Monday 25th October. The SSF Bursary aims to help first-degree UK undergraduates who commenced their course in the 2020/21 academic year or later who may require financial assistance in a range of circumstances, ranging from a shortfall in their finances to help meeting additional exceptional costs.
Eligible students are able to apply for a non-repayable bursary of between £50 and £750. Students in more significant financial difficulty, or those who are suspended, should apply to the Oxford Hardship Fund for a full assessment of their finances and access to a greater level of support.
Applications for the 2021/22 academic year will be accepted on a rolling basis from Monday 25 October 2021 (Week 3 Michaelmas Term) until Friday 17 June 2022 (Week 8 Trinity Term). Find more information here.
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
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.
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
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, not already covered by ASC. CLF funding is intended for activities which benefit the College community and contribute to College life. It is not intended to support individual activities. If you would like to make an application please fill in the form by noon on Friday of 3rd week of 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. Information about applications will be available here soon.
Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursaries
The University has a fund for first-degree UK students who are starting or continuing on an undergraduate course and who are care-experienced or estranged from their family. Eligible students are able to apply at any point in their course to Student Fees and Funding for bursaries up to a maximum of £3,000 per year and will continue to be eligible to apply for Oxford Hardship Fund, where this may be required in addition. Please submit your application form to Andrew Foreshew-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 Foreshew-Cain or Cathy Henderson.
The Coombe Fund
The Coombe Fund provides support to UK undergraduate Freshers and current undergraduates 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 at any time 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
If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with Cathy Henderson, Student Finance Manager