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King's Student Fund 2023-24

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The King’s Student Fund is available to help Home students in need of financial support during their studies. Awards aim to assist with day-to-day living costs such as rent, bills and travel costs.

Award details

Awards made from the fund aim to assist with day-to-day living costs such as rent, utility bills, travel costs etc. An award from the KSF cannot be used to pay tuition fees directly on your behalf.

Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks before the end of your academic year but if you are a continuing student you can apply until 31 May 2024, subject to funds being available. If you think you might need to apply for hardship funding, we recommend that you submit an application as early as possible; you don’t need to wait until you have run out of money.

Applications can only be assessed once they are complete; this is why it's really important that you submit all required evidence to us via email. If your application has outstanding evidence at the time the fund is closing, your application may not be considered.

If you have any queries about KSF or any other aspect of student funding arrangements, please contact the Student Funding Office here at King's where we will be happy to offer you further advice.

If you are experiencing problems with your funding or you’re worried that you will not have enough money to cover all your costs, our Money & Housing Advice Service can assist you by checking that you have received all the funding and benefits that you’re entitled to. They can also help review your budget, provide you with financial education tools from Blackbullion and ensure you have explored all funding avenues. You can submit a form to access their services.

Award value

If your application is successful, you could receive between £250 - £3,500.

Please note that any award above £2,000 will be paid in two equal instalments - the first when you are notified and the second in mid-February 2024. If you withdraw or interrupt your studies before the second payment date, this may not be released. If you are considering either option, please contact the Student Funding Office for advice.

An award from the KSF is not guaranteed and it should not form any part of your planned budget until you have received formal notification that you have been granted support.

Eligibility criteria

Be an undergraduate student in receipt of the KLB

The KSF is intended to provide additional support to students who are in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary

You must be in receipt of the maximum Maintenance Loan available to you from Student Finance England/Wales/NI/SAAS. 

If you are not taking a loan for religious reasons, please indicate this on your application and provide evidence of alternative financial provision. Please note, we will still consider this as income when assessing your application. 

Application process

Step 1: Submit an online application

Applications must be made online through the King's Student Records Portal.

On the first page of the portal, find the ‘My Fund Application’ box and select 'Click here to view your Student funding options'.

The application involves series of questions about your current income and expenditure and requires you to write a personal statement explaining your financial situation.

NOTE: The application form will only allow numerical values to be entered for each answer. If a section does not apply to you or you wish to indicate a value of zero/none/nil, please enter ‘0’.

Step 2: Submit your supporting documents via email to

Once we have received your online application we will email you requesting supporting documents to enable us to make an assessment.

All supporting documents must be legible:

  • Scanned/electronic copies, saved in a PDF or Word format sent as email attachments

  • Documents should be named according to the contents of the document e.g., Halifax October bank statement etc.

Please email your documents to and include your King’s Student ID

Step 3: We assess your application

Applications are assessed under an ‘additional need’ methodology, which looks at the difference between accepted reasonable expenditure and expected funding.

Awards are not meant to cover all of your financial needs, they are a contribution to your funding.

Step 4: We let you know the outcome of your application

Once the assessment has been completed and a final decision has been reached, you will receive notification of the outcome via email.

Can I apply more than once?

Usually, we will only consider one application per academic year (September-June). This means that if you need to you may be able to apply in subsequent years.

We will only consider a repeat application in the same academic year if you have experienced a significant change of circumstance, that has negatively impacted your financial situation since your previous application.

Before you apply again, please contact the Money & Housing Advice Service to discuss your circumstances and review your budgeting. They can then advise if another application would be appropriate or offer other guidance/support.

If you have received the maximum award from the fund, we will not be able to consider a further application.

Additional Support

If you are still concerned about your financial situation, you should contact a Student Advisor for confidential advice.

You can register with the Money & Housing Advice Service on their webpage. They also run a dedicated Adviceline. Full information about Money & Housing Advice Service and the range of advice services they offer can be found on their webpage.

Student’s in receipt of the NHS Learning Support Fund may also be able to claim additional hardship funding from the NHS LSF Exceptional Support Fund (ESF). Student’s must have exhausted all other funding available (including university hardship funds) to be eligible to apply for ESF.


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31 May 2024