If you are experiencing a temporary cash flow problem or face a financial emergency, you may be eligible for a short-term, interest-free cash loan from the Vice-Chancellor's Hardship Fund. Any UEA student may apply but a loan will only be made if you can show how you will be able to repay the loan. Vice-Chancellor's Hardship Loans are not suitable for addressing long-term problems.
The usual maximum you can borrow within an academic year is £200. However, you can borrow less, e.g. between £5 and £200. If you need to borrow up to £300, you may need to discuss your request with a financial adviser. We will look at whether there are other ways of helping you if your difficulties are exceptional. HSC placement students may apply for loans for placement-related expenses up to £1500.
If you have a financial problem which you would like to discuss before applying for a loan, please book an appointment to see one of the Student Life Advisers (Finance) in the Student Services who will be happy to discuss your situation. Financial advisers can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone.
Starting 1 August 2018, VC loans can either be paid by bank transfer (yellow form) or by cash (green form). You can pick up a VC loan form in the reception area of the Student Support Centre. You must present a campus ID when submitting a bank transfer form and ensure you have provided the correct UK bank details. If you prefer a cash loan, you will need to pick up the paperwork at the Student Services Centre (showing a campus ID) and then take this to the Cashiers Office in the Registry building.
Loans are repaid either via your e-vision account, by telephoning the UEA Cashiers Office on 01603 458085 or 01603 452568 (payment by debit/credit card) or calling in at the Finance Payments Office (payment by cash, cheque, debit/credit card).