Help with school cost

If you are struggling financially you might be able to get help with some of the costs of sending your child to school, including school meals, transport and uniform.

If you have ‘no recourse to public funds’

If you can’t apply for benefits because you have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF), you might still be able to get free school meals.

You should request at the school and show them the government’s temporary rules for people with NRPF on GOV.UK.

If the school hasn’t told  you what to do, to access this help, ask.

You may be able to get help with school meals if you are struggling financially because of corona virus but are not eligible for free school meals from your local council. Click here to apply.

Financial support for students

The financial support is for students facing financial difficulties due to unforeseen cost. Students might be able to get financial support from their schools if they apply for their schools’ hardship funds.


To apply for Financial Support you must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • You are facing financial difficulties due to unforeseen costs
  • You are a registered student on a full-time or part-time degree programme
  • You’ve received your first instalment of Student Finance funding, if you are eligible to apply for this.

The following examples are not considered unforeseen costs and will not be considered:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation costs
  • Study costs
  • General living costs

It is expected that you will have secured sufficient funding before you started your course to support yourself and pay your tuition fees for the duration of your studies.

Apply for support