Grants towards Unexpected Hardship

All enrolled students at Reuben who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties are eligible to apply for hardship funding to the Graduate Finance Committee. Applications will not be considered from students whose student status is suspended.

Hardship grants or loans are only considered for those who experience genuinely unanticipated hardship that could not possibly have been foreseen at the time of making application to Oxford or being offered a place at Reuben.  

Reuben will give priority to those whose hardship has been caused by accidents, illness, legal expenses, childcare costs or unexpected loss of support. Low priority is given to those seeking funds for expenses connected with research or course work.

Students experiencing hardship who are very close to completing a degree are more likely to receive support than those who are just beginning, as early hardship may indicate an inability to financially support the course of a study and may suggest a review of options.  For this reason, it would be atypical to consider a student in the first term of a one-year course, the first two terms of a two-year course or the first year of a three-year course are for hardship funding. You can speak to the Senior Tutor or  Welfare Dean for advice if you are in this position. You may be advised to suspend status until you can raise the necessary funds.   

Grants are typically limited to £500 but can be up to £1,000 in exceptional circumstances. An award, or part of an award, may be made as a loan. The Graduate Finance Committee will only consider fully completed applications, including an advisor’s statement.  Applications will be considered within a week 6 meeting of Graduate Finance Committee, with all completed applications to be submitted by Monday week 4 at the latest. Emergency applications *may* be processed more quickly: if an application is urgent then this should be highlighted in the application form.

There is no firmly laid down procedure for allocating money in cases of hardship. The Graduate Finance Committee is free to decide whether, for example, to award grants or loans, depending upon the circumstances.


Applicants All fee-paying on-course graduate students.
Purpose Loans and Grants to assist in cases of unforeseen (or at least reasonably unforeseen) hardship.
  • Discretionary.
  • Grants are typically limited to £500 but can be up to £1,000 in exceptional circumstances
  • Normally students will be encouraged to apply for University and College hardship support in parallel (the University Hardship form may be used for both).
  • Application form to be completed in sufficient detail that the case can be clearly understood.
  • Where a student is in urgent need of support, the Bursar may offer an interim loan to assist the student while waiting for decisions from the University and College committees.
  • Where information is inadequate at the time of the Committee Meeting, the Committee may choose to delegate further discussion and ultimate decision to the Bursar.

Hardship Fund

Submit online applications  by Monday 4th week (MT, HT, TT) for consideration by Graduate Finance  Committee Monday 6th week each term.

Urgent applications outside of this timeframe will be considered by direct request to the Bursar (also College Hardship Officer).