Financial guidance during COVID-19

We’ve put together some useful information if you are being financially impacted by COVID-19.

UoE Financial support

Please check out the financial support pages for more information on support we offer as well as support from the SU or external sources. There are various types of financial support funding available at Essex, including:

If you are struggling to buy food please contact the Wellbeing Team who may be able to provide vouchers. If you wish to discuss your financial situation further, please contact us via email, telephone or live chat.


Please refer to government guidance on COVID-19 and renting which explains your obligations and rights as a tenant. There is also more information on our student accommodation and coronavirus FAQs page.


Please refer to government guidance for employees which covers a range of information including being furloughed by your employer. There is also information on benefits including Universal Credit. It is essential students refer to Universal Credit and students before applying for this. The majority of full time students will not have eligibility for Universal Credit unless they meet key criteria.

Our Careers and Employability Team are available to provide support and advice about careers, job opportunities and the recruitment process. You can contact the team for more information, or access our online careers system CareerHub to search for jobs or resources.

Financial information

If you need a general overview of the information provided by the government and have other general financial questions as a result of COVID-19, please check out Save the Student, which has some really useful and practical financial information. For all the latest updates regarding COVID-19 from Student Finance England, please refer to the information published by the Student Loans Company.

Current Year Income assessment

If you’ve applied for student finance for 2020/21, Student Finance England would normally use your household income from the 2018/19 tax year to work out how much student finance you are eligible for.

If your household income has dropped by 15% or more in the 2020/21 tax year, perhaps because of the COVID-19 outbreak, compared to 2018/19, you can ask Student Finance England to recalculate your student finances. They will base the recalculation on the Current Year Income (CYI), meaning the estimated household income for the 2020–21 tax year.

For more information about the CYI assessment eligibility criteria and the application process, please refer to Student Finance England.

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Need help?

If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.