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We understand that some students may be unable to attend their graduation ceremony if they cannot meet the cost of tickets for their guests and/or gown hire. Students who are facing financial hardship have the opportunity to submit an application to receive up to two guest tickets and gown hire free of charge from the Graduation Support Fund (for their ceremony day).
There is a limited number of Graduation Support Funds available and these will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, if all application criteria are met. This fund is for UK undergraduates or postgraduates only.
If you are not eligible or apply and are unsuccessful but find yourself in financial difficulty, you may wish to consider applying to the Student Support Fund (via My Kingston). For details about this fund, and other financial support available, please visit the Money pages on MyKingston for more information.
If you are applying to the fund:
We will not consider your Support Fund application if you don't book your graduate ticket on OSIS.
To be eligible to apply you must meet all of the below criteria:
Please note: KU Cares supported students need not apply for the Graduation Support Fund. You will be emailed by the KU Cares team separately about support offered for your graduation ceremony.
Applications to the Graduation Support Fund will:
Please note: applications may close sooner if all the funds have been allocated. Therefore, you should submit your application as early as possible from the date the scheme opens.
Please contact the graduations team to enquire about the application process. We will email you a link to submit your application online – but will check that you have booked your place before doing so.
You should 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.
If you are applying to the fund, please note that:
You will be informed if your application has been successful or not by email with plenty of time before the ticket booking deadline (14 June 2023), to give you time to book if you are not successful.
The decision of the Graduation Support Fund is final and is not subject to appeal. We have a limited number of funds available and these will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and is dependent on all criteria being met.
Please read our frequently asked questions before contacting the graduation team. If you have queries that have not been answered in the FAQs, please get in touch.