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Graduation Support Fund

What is the Graduation Support Fund?

We understand that sometimes students are unable to attend their graduation ceremony because they are unable to meet the cost of tickets for their guests and pay for gown hire.

Students who are facing financial hardship have the opportunity to submit an application to the Graduation Support Fund which will provide up to two guest tickets and gown hire (for your graduation day) free of charge . There is a very limited number of graduation support funds (per faculty) available and these will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, if all criteria are met.

If you are applying to the fund, you still need to register that you'll be attending your graduation ceremony on OSIS  before you submit your application. If you don't register for your graduate ticket on OSIS, your application for the support fund will not be considered.

You should not book your gown or guest tickets until you have been informed about the outcome of your application.

Who can apply? (What is the criteria?)

To be eligible to apply you must meet all of the below criteria:

1.     You must be eligible to graduate in July 2019. See more information about eligibility to attend the graduation ceremony. Invitations will be sent out in the first week of May

2.     You are a UK undergraduate or UK postgraduate student in receipt of a maintenance loan from Student Finance.

3.     Your household income is under £15,000 (as assessed by Student Finance England).

4.     You have cleared any fees or charges with Kingston University.

Please note: Care Leaver students need not apply for the Graduation Support Fund. You will be emailed by the KU Cares team about support offered for your graduation ceremony.

When should I apply?

Applications to the Graduation Support Fund will open at 9am on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

Applications will close on Friday 17 May (but may close sooner should all funds be allocated). Therefore, you should submit your application as early as possible from the time the scheme opens.

You will be informed if your application has been successful or not by email within two weeks of your submission. Please do not contact us about your application before two weeks have passed.

The decision of the Graduation Support Fund is final and is not subject to appeal. We have a limited number of funds per faculty and these will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and is dependent on all criteria being met.

Please note that if your application is successful but you are notified that you have not achieved your award in time for the ceremonies in July 2019, your graduation support fund will be cancelled.

Regardless of whether you are provided with free guest tickets or not, it is your responsibility to register your attendance on OSIS before you submit your application.

How do I apply?

Please contact the graduations team to enquire about the application process. We will email you a link to submit your application online. Please ensure you meet the criteria listed above before submitting your application. Funds will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so you should submit your application as early as possible.

You must have registered and confirmed your place at the ceremonies before you submit your application. You should not book your gown or guest tickets until you have been informed about the outcome of your application.

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River House
53–57 High Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1LQ
Email us

What our graduates say

"I liked being able to catch up with classmates and getting my certificate that I worked hard for."

James Schacht – Human Resource Management PgDip


We suggest you check our FAQs to find out everything you need to know about the graduation ceremonies.


Booking your tickets to your graduation ceremony indicates that you adhere to the University's Graduation Ceremony Policies.

Download the Graduation Ceremonies Policies (PDF).

Ready to graduate?

Have you...

  • Checked your ceremony date and time?
  • Cleared any outstanding debt with the University?
  • Applied for your graduate and guest tickets?
  • Received an email confirming your tickets have been purchased?
  • Hired your gown?
  • Downloaded and printed your ceremony information leaflet?
  • Informed the graduations team of any special requirements you or your guests have?

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