Hardship Funds

Money@Campuslife administer a number of hardship funds to help current students who are struggling financially. Each Fund has its own criteria but generally, they look to support the costs of:

  • Accommodation
  • Books and Equipment
  • Childcare
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Travel 
  • Utility Bills
  • General Livings Costs such as Food etc. 

The Hardship Funds available from Money@CampusLife are unable to help with the cost of tuition fees. 

Swansea University Opportunity Award


Once enrolled, UK and EU students at Swansea University are able to apply to the Swansea University Opportunity Award. It is available for full time and part time students at undergraduate or postgraduate level. 

The Opportunity Award is the main Hardship Fund within Swansea University and is intended to support students through any unexpected or difficult financial circumstances whilst at University.

It is not a form of funding, but a safety net for when financial difficulties occur and can be applied for as many times each year as the student sees fit.

There is no guarantee of an award for any student but each application will be considered and assessed on an individual basis, with the strictest confidentiality by our expert advisors.

Awards are made as an unrepayable grant, so we would encourage any student who is struggling with their money to submit an application to find out if they are eligible to receive an award. 

Current Students can apply using our online application form, and more information can be found on our MyUni Opportunity Award page

Diagnostic Testing


Home and EU students who are struggling to afford the cost of a diagnostic test are able to apply to a hardship fund that is available specifically for this purpose. Students will need to complete a short form whilst providing evidence of income and bank statements so they can be considered for an award. 

To apply, complete the "Diagnostic Testing" Application form available here: https://intranet.swan.ac.uk/StudentHardship/

More information about Diagnostic Testing is available from the University's Disability Office.

Student Carers Bursary


Swansea University provides support and guidance to student carers via the Student Carers Support Package.

This package is available to any student who has unpaid caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Student Carers can apply for a bursary of up to £500 Full Time or £250 Part Time (pro-rata) to help them with travel or equipment costs. The number of bursaries available for 2017-2018 will be capped at 30.

To receive the support available you will need to meet the eligibility criteria and supply documentation each academic year to show that you continue to have caring responsibilities.

The Student Carers Support Package is administered by the Welfare@CampusLife team.

For more information please visit the Student Carers Support Package webpage, or contact Welfare@CampusLife directly at welfare.campuslife@swansea.ac.uk or call 01792 602000. 

Money@CampusLife Confidentiality policy

All information dealt with by the Money@CampusLife team is done so in the strictest confidence.  On the occasions that we need to consult staff from other departments, we only do so with prior consent from you.