The Financial Support Office is responsible for administering School funds and a variety of scholarships, studentships, prizes and awards.

Stay informed about upcoming events and deadlines, or find information for LSE staff and registered students.

Contact the LSE Financial Support Office

In response to the coronavirus situation, FSO staff are currently working remotely..We are holding drop in sessions via ZOOM and can be contacted by email (scanned applications can also be submitted) at

Drop In Sessions 2020/21

Details of our drop in session can be found here. 

Please note that the drop in sessions only run during term time. 

Lent Term Stipend payments January 2021

In light of the impact of coronavirus across the globe, LSE's Financial Support Office along with colleagues in the Finance Division have arranged for all termly stipend payments to be paid direct by bank transfer for the first time. 

We are working on this process with the Finance Division with a view to releasing payments after the start of term on 18 January 2021.

Please note payments can take up to five working days to be credited to your account

In order to receive your funds you must submit your bank details to the Finance Hub. Details of how to do that can be found here

We make weekly runs of payments for those that have not yet received their stipend, another run of payments was released last week, to registered students that had submtted their bank details.

If you do not have access to a UK bank account please contact us at and we will advise you on the next steps to still receive your payment. 

All stipends will be paid in full to registered students even if you have chosen to study online for the term.

ESRC - 4th year of funding

ESRC Award holders will now be supported with a maintenance stipend in the fourth year of their award. More details can be found here.

LSE Bursaries

The scheduled LSE Bursary payment dates for the 2020/21 session are listed below, but please note that payments take approximately five working days to show in the recipient’s bank account from the scheduled payment date.

The scheduled payment dates are:

Michaelmas Term -  09 October 2020

Lent Term - 29 January 2021

Summer Term - 18 May 2021

More information on applying for Student Finance

Student Finance 2020/21

The Student Finance England full time undergraduate application for 2020 is now open. The deadline for submitting an application to ensure funding is received in time for term start dates are:

24 May 2020 for new students
21 June 2020 for continuing students

More information can be found here:

Student Union Hardship Funds

More information is available on the Student Union Hardship Funds page.

PhD students

Are you writing up your thesis? There is funding available to support your writing up period and help you finish on time. See the information on support for final year PhD students

Student finance postgraduate loans

Read information on the new Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Graduate Support Scheme for postgraduate taught programmes 2020 entry

The Graduate Support Scheme is now closed for applications to the 2020/21 session. It will reopen for 2021 entry in the coming weeks. 

More information on the process for applying for application for admission to the School.