Hardship Funds for UK students
Access to Learning Fund
This is a Government scheme administered by the University that provides
financial assistance to full and part time (UK Home) students or those
that meet the residency eligibility criteria (please see guidance notes
below). The Access to Learning Fund is for those able to demonstrate
It can be used to help with living costs
including childcare, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books
and course equipment, but NOT tuition fees, except part time undergraduate
students who started their course before 2012 (see below Additional Fee Support Scheme).
It cannot help those who have mismanaged their finances and have simply
'run out of money'. It also cannot fully compensate for the lack of parental
contribution, especially where a student has only been able to take out
the non-means tested part of the Student Loan. Students should be aware
that ALF is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty
rather than their main source of income. Awards are not guaranteed and,
if successful, awards may be given as grants or loans depending on an
When can I apply?
Undergraduate students can apply for help from the fund from October
(or before if your course has an earlier start date) until June. Final
year students must apply by 4 May to allow time to assess your application
prior to your course end date. The Summer Vacation fund for continuing
Undergraduate students is open for applications from July to September.
Postgraduate students may apply to the fund at any time during the year
but this must be more than four weeks prior to the academic year end
date to allow time to assess your application.
New students can submit an application prior to commencing studies but
will not receive any help from the fund until Registration Online has
been successfully completed and your attendance confirmed.
You can download an application
form and guidance notes or they can
be obtained from the Student Services Centre in 4 West.
with one of our Student Funding Advisers.
Additional Fee Support Scheme (AFSS).
This is only
available to part-time undergraduates who started a course before 2012 – to help pay for tuition
fees for those on lower incomes, where the fee grant does not meet the
Students who are entitled to welfare benefits are advised that these
should be applied for, before submitting an application to ALF. Any
award from ALF may affect your benefit payments, but on request we
can produce a letter for your Job Centre Plus/Housing Benefit office,
which will confirm whether or not the award will affect your benefits.
Access to Learning Fund Emergency Loans
Students who are facing a temporary cash flow problem can apply for
a small short term loan via ALF. Repayments are normally expected within
3 months or before the end of the academic year (whichever is sooner).
UK students should have taken out their maximum student loan entitlement
and have an interest free overdraft facility available with a bank, if
applicable. You will be required to provide us with your last 3 months
bank statements and to have an interview with a Student Funding Adviser.
You can download an application
form and guidance
notes or they can
be obtained from the Student Services Centre in 4 West. You may be required
to have an advice appointment with one of our Student Funding Advisers.