We recognise that for some students there can be additional challenges during their time at University.

Hardship Fund

There is a rising need to support the many students who experience financial hardship because of fees and the added expense of studying at a London University. The Hardship Fund offers financial support to students who find themselves struggling to pay for items such as covering rental deposits or buying a laptop. The fund also provides support if they or their family find themselves in difficult financial circumstances.

Final year MBBS5 student received support

Wishing to remain anonymous, one student received support for flights to Zimbabwe to visit her father when he unexpectedly became seriously ill.  We also helped to support some of her essential living costs, as her father was no longer able to do so.  She has since successfully graduated from the Medicine course.

"My time in medical school at St George's had always been fairly "easy". Easy in the sense that I had to concentrate on doing the work and passing my exams whilst my parents did the hard job of not only supporting me emotionally, but also financially, through an expensive degree in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

In the penultimate year of my medical degree, exactly a week before my [P year] final [exams] began, I got unexpected news of my dad being suddenly unwell and in ICU. It was the hardest moment of my life. I was so scared of what this meant that my first instinct was to drop everything and be by his side. At the same time I was so close to finishing another year towards the degree that my dad had been working so hard to get me through.

I pushed through all the emotions and fear I felt to finish my exams. It also hit me that I'd relied on my dad for everything in the past few years. I wasn't sure what to do at a time like this. All I cared about was being able to be with my dad, but I didn't know how I could do that as well as sort out the other expenses I had here in the UK. It became really clear to me that things were going to be difficult.

I can't express how incredibly grateful I am to the International Hardship Fund. The International Hardship Fund supported me and gave me enough money to buy a ticket to fly and see my dad as soon as [P year] finals were over. This pushed me through finishing my exams and ultimately passing the year. It was a huge relief and blessing that in the time I felt most alone and scared, I was able to have the financial support I received.

My dad’s recovery is a long ongoing process. Unfortunately what happened wasn't anything expected and we really didn't have a plan for it. My final year was financially the most difficult to get through, and at times it didn't seem possible. We were able to secure funds for my tuition to be paid, but there were times throughout the year I really needed support. I'm incredibly grateful that the International Hardship Fund was there, because without it I'm not sure I would have been able to graduate a year later and start working as a doctor."


Last Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:20