Coronavirus Relief Fund

Coronavirus Relief Fund

The University has made some funding available to help students who are struggling with finances due to the sudden impact of the COVID-19 virus. If you find yourself suddenly and unexpectedly in need of short-term financial help for basic living costs, the fund offers prompt, non-repayable grants to help ease financial pressure caused by the impact of the virus.


Applicants must be current University of Worcester students, paying tuition fees directly to the University of Worcester. You may be studying on a full-time, part-time or distance learner basis, at any undergraduate or postgraduate level.  International students may be considered for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, on an exceptional basis, but if you are not classed as either a Home or EU student for funding purposes, you should make an appointment with a Money Adviser to discuss your circumstances before submitting a claim.

How Do I Apply?

Apply electronically by completing the short


Please note: In order to confirm your ID you must submit the application using your University student email account. You will also need to send electronic bank statements for the last 3 months with your application.


  • What is the COVID-19 Relief Fund?
It is a discretionary fund made available by the University of Worcester, to offer short term financial assistance to University of Worcester students who are experiencing unexpected and immediate financial difficulties as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Is this the same as the University Access to Learning (Hardship) Fund?
No; this is a different scheme designed specifically to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and does not replace the University Access to Learning Fund.
  • I am not a Home or EU student, can I still apply?
If you do not meet the criteria to be classed as a Home or EU student for funding purposes then you will need to book an appointment to discuss your situation with a University Money Adviser. You can book an appointment via firstpoint by emailing
  • I have already had an award from the Access to Learning Fund this year- can I still apply
Yes, you can still apply if your finances have been affected by COVID-19, as this is not the same as the Access to Learning Fund.
  • Do I have to repay the money at a later date?
No: the fund awards non-repayable grants.
  • How long will it take to process my application?
The fund is designed to offer prompt financial relief, and as such staff will be processing applications as quickly as possible.
  • How will I know if I am going to get any help?
You will get an email to your University email address confirming whether your application was successful.
  • How will the money be paid to me?
The money will be paid into the account that you requested on the application form but for security purposes this must match the bank account details registered on your SOLE account. Please check that you have registered your bank account on SOLE when you submit your application to avoid any delay.
  • How much is the award?
Awards will vary depending on your circumstances. There is no standard entitlement, but we expect to be making small awards to cover basic living costs for a short period of time. This will allow us to help as many students as possible during this unexpected crisis.
  • What if I need more help than this fund can offer?
Students experiencing greater financial difficulties, and those in difficulty for other reasons (as well as, or not including, the impact of Covid-19), can apply to the University Access to Learning Fund as normal. If you are not sure which award to apply for, you may want to arrange an appointment to talk to a Money Adviser before applying. You can book an appointment via firstpoint by emailing
  • Can I appeal against the decision?
No, this is a discretionary fund and there is no appeal process, as we want to focus our resources on helping as many students as possible. If the fund has not been able to meet your need in full, or you need additional help, then you are advised to submit a full application to the Access to Learning Fund.

If you need help or support in regards to this application, or any other welfare or financial matter, you are welcome to book a telephone / email appointment with one of the University's Money Advisers. You can book an appointment via firstpoint by emailing