SU Emergency Loan

The SU Emergency Loan is open to all registered RVC students and is designed to help students cover unexpected costs with a short-term, interest-free loan.

If you need to pay for some unexpected repairs on your car or laptop, or you just need a little extra help to pay your energy bill this month, then using our quick and easy application process, you can apply for a loan of between £20-£100 and receive the money in a matter of days.

The loan is completely interest-free and you have until the end of the academic year to repay it in full.

University can be tough and it's ok to ask for help! Check out our list of supporting resources available to you for details on other ways to get support whilst you're studying at RVC!

If you have any questions related to the SU Emergency Loan, please email Please read the full terms & conditions before applying.




Support and Resources for Loan Applicants

RVC Funds, Grants & Bursaries

For students facing greater or more long-term financial difficulties, the college has several schemes set up to provide financial support where it is most needed. See this website for full details on the support funds and bursaries available to RVC students:

We strongly encourage all students who feel that they are facing financial difficulties to look into the support offered by the RVC Money Matters department.  Please feel free to contact the SU Welfare Officer ( or if you would like advice or assistance with applying for one of the funds available.


Summary of the funds available:

  • Student Support Fund – designed to support students who are facing financial difficulty due to exceptional or unexpected costs related to living of their university course. This includes those who, due to financial hardship, are struggling to pay rent, buy food or other essentials. It is also available for students whose income has been affected by the pandemic and are as such struggling to pay for essentials.  In the SSF application you will need to submit extensive evidence of your current financial circumstances. To be eligible, you must have applied for all available funding from the relevant student finance source, and have less than £1500 in all your accounts.
  • Digital Support Fund – designed to help students with the cost of technology/equipment required for the completion of their university work, including purchasing or repairing a laptop, computer accessories such as mice, keyboards and headsets, and Wi-Fi costs.
  • RVC Bursary – available to students on undergraduate courses paying full tuition fees who have a household income of less than £35,000 per annum.
  • Southern Afghan Club Trust – this bursary aims to support student’s with study-associated costs and is usually awarded to students who have undertaken research or placement with a focus on animal welfare. Awards of between £100 and £500 are available depending on number of applicants.
  • EMS+ Award – this award is designed to help BVetMed students, in their clinical years, experience potentially career-informing EMS opportunities by helping with the associated costs of travel, accommodation, etc. Twice per year there is one award of £1000 and 8-10 awards of up to £500.
  • Burrows Bursaries and Homfray Awards – these £1000 bursaries are intended to support students facing financial hardship and so require that students submit evidence of their financial situation.



Money Matters

If you’re looking for tailored, professional advice, please consider booking an appointment with a Student Money Advisor from the RVC Money Matters team.  You can book an appointment with Shelley, the Student Money Advisor through the Advice Centre page on RVC Learn, via this link or by emailing


Advice Centre

We recognise how stressful it can be to face financial difficulties, especially whilst trying to study, and admitting that you may need additional support can take its toll on your mental health.  Please don’t suffer in silence.  The RVC Advice Centre has dedicated counsellors available to talk through any difficulties you may be facing, and you can book an appointment with the Advice Centre here to get free, confidential advice on how best to cope with the challenges you may be facing.  Check out the Advice Centre page on RVC Learn, email or call them on 020 8051 3500 to book a free appointment.

            Advice centre services available:

  • Counselling and Mentoring
  • Study skills
  • Career guidance
  • Wellness and mental health advice
  • Disability support services
  • BAME coaching
  • International student advice
  • Academic adjustments
  • Student money advice
  • Crisis resources


Report and Support

There may be times whilst at RVC where you (or someone else) need support or that you notice or experience something that you wish to report to the University.  To help with this, the RVC Report and Support platform allows students, staff, visitors and third parties to report a concern on behalf of themselves or someone else anonymously or to speak to an advisor so that they can offer support.  If you need support or want to report something to the university, please head over to


Your Students’ Union

As always, RVC Students’ Union is here to support you so if you’re not sure where to go for support, email us at and we’ll put you in touch with the right people.