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Cost of Living Support Fund: grants between £250 and £2,000

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We know that the rising cost of living is impacting nearly everyone across the country, including you, our students. And it can be especially difficult over the winter months with increasing energy bills and additional financial worries. If you’re struggling to make ends meet and you’re unable to cover essential, day-to-day costs, our Cost of Living Support Fund may be able to help.

The fund can provide grants between £250 and £2,000 for students in need – and you won’t have to pay any of it back. All full-time students can apply, regardless of social background, nationality, or level of study. The amount you receive will be based on an assessment of your circumstances.

The fund exists thanks to generous donations from alumni and friends of the University, who want to ensure that no Manchester student is left struggling. It can help students overcome food insecurity, support you with utility bills, or address any other issues arising from financial hardship.

For example, you may be:

  • relying on part time work, or struggling to find sufficient part time work, to supplement your living expenses
  • be a student whose sponsors have withdrawn funding, or where payments are delayed
  • be an international student experiencing difficulties in transferring funds from overseas

Or you may have another cause to be in financial hardship. Whatever the cause, if you are struggling financially, we want to hear from you.

Find out more about applying to the fund, and read about our other cost of living measures at