Life Financial Support

Student Hardship Fund

The University of Luxembourg Hardship Fund provides assistance to Bachelor, Master and self-funded doctoral students in financial difficulties, and particularly to those suffering unexpected hardship. If you are struggling financially and worried this could impact your ability to continue your studies, the hardship fund might be able to help you. The Hardship fund is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty, it is not a main source of income nor a grant or a scholarship.

Other help you should look into before applying to the Hardship Fund

Luxembourg students should apply to MengStudien for all grants and loans for which they may be eligible, before submitting an application to the Hardship Fund.

EU students should have applied for any student grants and loans that are available in home country.

Overseas students have to supply proof of funding before arriving in Luxembourg and should ask their guarantors to honour this plan before submitting an application to the Hardship Fund. The Hardship Fund will not be prepared to assist you unless there has been some unexpected change of circumstances since you submitted your proof of funding.

o qualify for an award from the Hardship Fund of the University of Luxembourg, you must meet certain conditions. The allocation of this financial support is based on the unique personal and social situation of the applicant. These conditions are as follows:

  • be enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme at the University of Luxembourg or
  • be registered as a self-funded doctoral student at the University of Luxembourg and
  • be registered in the 3rd semester of your study programme or above and
  • not qualify for other financial aid and
  • be in immediate and unexpected need of help for financial hardship

All students are expected to have made adequate and realistic financial provision to cover core living costs i.e. rent, food and utility bills before starting their study programme. Where adequate financial provision has not been made and you have started your study programme with insufficient funds to cover your basic living costs, it is unlikely you will qualify for an award from the Hardship Fund.

Applications can be made by sending a completed application form and necessary documents to hardshipfund@uni.lu.You must give as much information as possible ensuring all details are accurate. All information will be treated confidentially.

You will normally be informed of the outcome of your application within 4 weeks of the application deadline

If your application is unsuccessful, you will be sent an explanatory email. You can consult with the Inclusion Office about the reasons. If you wish you appeal the decision you should do so in writing within 4 weeks of receiving the decision. You can appeal on the following grounds:

  • the procedures for the allocation of the hardship fund were not followed
  • you feel the evidence submitted was not considered by the panel
  • you feel your financial hardship is greater than the panel determined

You can submit your appeal in writing by email indicating the grounds on which your appeal  and explaining why you are challenging the decision. Appeals should be addressed to the Head of the SEVE Department: Gregory Dubost.

Your application with accompanying evidence will be retained for 5 years from the date it is submitted and then deleted in line with the University policy.

Student access to tech scheme

We offer assistance to students who do not have the means to acquire a laptop for their studies by offering long and short term laptop loans. For more information, please contact the Inclusion team via email or apply directly using the form below.

Food vouchers

In view of the significant impact of the cost of living crisis on our students, the University in partnership with n partnership with the André Losch Foundation is supporting students in financial difficulty with food costs.

Eligibility
Any enrolled Bachelor, Master or self-funded doctoral student experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a food voucher. Note that the maximum amount available is a one-off voucher of €100 per student.

How to apply
Our Food Voucher requests are handled by the Inclusion Team. If you are struggling financially and would like to request a food voucher, please send us the following form (available in English and French) via email.

The Food Voucher scheme operates on a collection only basis. Therefore, students must be able to collect from campus.

Good to know

Foodsharing Luxembourg

Is an environmental volunteer-run non-profit organisation (a.s.b.l.) whose vision is that all edible foods in Luxembourg are consumed.
One of their projects are Foodsharing Points. They consist of a fridge and/or shelf containing food that has been placed by private individuals and can be taken away by anyone free of charge. You can take what you want, and you can put inside what you do not need. More details on their website.