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Discretionary Fund

Discretionary Fund

UK students who are experiencing financial difficulty may be eligible for additional funds from the Discretionary Fund.

Awarding Body
Robert Gordon University
Dependent on individual circumstances


The Discretionary Fund is available for students in financial hardship at the time of making application.

The fund makes awards in the form of a grant which does not need to be repaid. 

Awards are intended to assist students with basic living expenses, study-related costs and travel to and from university. Funds cannot be used for the payment of tuition fees.


Eligible Countries of Residence

  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Eligible Courses

Course Level

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus
  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Subject Area

  • All Subjects

Other Requirements

To be eligible students must:

  • be from Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • be registered and attending an eligible course
  • have taken out their full entitlement to a student loan
  • have exhausted all other possible sources of funding available to them
  • be able to prove they are in financial difficulty


EU and international students are not eligible to apply to this fund.  However, if you are in financial difficulty due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance from the Coronavirus Fund.

How to Apply

Application forms should be completed and then handed in along with all supporting documentation to the Student Help Point in the Ishbel Gordon building.  If you are unable to hand them in, you can email them to

Please be aware that it can take up to 4-6 weeks for your application to be considered.


Students may be asked to attend a short interview to discuss their situation.

Student Finance Appeals 

The Student Financial Appeals Procedure relates to appeals against financial awards made by the University's Student Finance Team including, but not limited to, the Discretionary Fund, Childcare Fund and Financial Support.

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