Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are delivered online. Online learning requires the use of suitable equipment and good quality internet access. Students who cannot afford these basic but essential requirements for online learning are disadvantaged in their education, widening the gap in educational attainment between the socially deprived and affluent individuals.
In view of the problem, LSME is introducing a one-off hardship fund that can be accessed by students who are experiencing genuine financial hardships, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Potential applicants may be students who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, or are on furlough/flexible furlough with a substantial reduction in income and are struggling to meet their living expenses and cannot afford reliable equipment and good quality internet for their online studies. Students whose financial hardship has occurred for different reasons may also be eligible for the Hardship Fund.
Students who wish to access this fund will need to undergo a formal application process and provide supporting evidence of their financial hardship. Since the allocated funding is limited, Applications are assessed on individual bases. We would therefore advise you to provide full and accurate details of your circumstance to enable us assess your eligibility. The application deadline is 28 January 2021.
For more information on the application process, please click here.