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International Hardship Fund 2021-22

The International Hardship Fund (IHF) will be open for applications from 1st October 2021.

International students who are currently experiencing financial difficulty should seek guidance from our Advice and Guidance team, who can offer confidential, expert advice. 

The College has set aside limited funds to assist EU and international students in financial difficulty.

What is The International Hardship Fund (IHF)? 

IHF is a limited fund set aside by the College to assist International and EU students who are experiencing financial difficulties, despite having arranged adequate funding for their studies.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to be eligible to apply, you must be able to demonstrate that unforeseen financial difficulties have occurred after you started your course with adequate funds arranged to cover tuition fees and living costs for the entire duration of the course.

For international students, the UKVI has indicated that students will need about £1,265 for their living costs for each month of their programme of study, plus the costs of tuition fees. The above amount is solely an indication, as living costs will vary depending on individual circumstances. The unforeseen change in circumstances must have impacted your ability to access these funds.

If financial difficulties arise then you should contact the Student Funding Office or your personal tutor to discuss your circumstances. 

IHF is open throughout the year whilst funds permit.

How do I apply? 

You can apply online through King's Student Records.

On the first page of the King's Student Records, find the ‘My Fund Application’ box and select 'click here to view your funding options'

Please ensure that you read the guidance notes carefully before completing the application form.

Students are asked to provide detailed information and supporting documents to show and evidence the following:

  • Details of the financial provision made prior to the start of their studies
  • Details of the change in circumstances, and how this has affected their ability to fund their studies
  • Details of their financial need, and what they will require financial assistance for (e.g. tuition fees, living costs etc)

Once the application has been submitted you will receive an acknowledgement email with further information about the application process and the evidence required to support your case.

Please provide all supporting documentation to evidence the financial provision and change in circumstances as declared in the supporting statement as soon as possible.

All supporting documents must be legible:

  • Scanned/electronic copies, preferably saved in a PDF format

  • Entitled in the following format: SURNAME, Name – document title (e.g. SMITH, John – March bank statement)

  • Send documents as email attachments. Please do not provide links to cloud storage or file sharing services (e.g. Google Drive, OneDrive) as we will be unable to access these files  


Please email your documents to funding@kcl.ac.uk and include your King’s Student ID (as on your ID card, not your K Number) in the email text.

How much could I receive? 

Awards will vary in size depending on the student's need.

Further information 

If you have any queries about IHF, 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 are worried that you will not have enough money to cover all your costs Advice & Guidance in Student Services can assist you by checking you have received all the funding and benefits that you are entitled to and review your budget before you apply to hardship funds.  We advise that you review your financial situation before them before the hardship fund opens and make use of the free money tools available from Blackbullion too.


The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

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