Hardship funding demand continues as cost of living worsens
Some English universities spent three-figure sums on supporting non-UK students facing financial difficulties in 2020-21, including Leeds (£145,630), Brunel (£155,377) and Durham (£100,611). The University of Exeter spent £968,367 on hardship funding for international students, almost double the amount it had paid out the previous year (£534,598). The university received over 1,600 requests for support from non-domestic students, the majority of which were granted.
The PIE collected these figures from a sample of universities across the UK via freedom of information requests. The results show uneven approaches to providing financial help to non-UK students, despite guidance from Universities UK International advising institutions to ensure all international students are eligible for some form of hardship support.
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