Eligibility and residency criteria

Find out the eligibility and residency criteria for the access to learning fund.  

Full-time undergraduates

You must fit the residency criteria for a maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company. To apply you must have completed online registration at the University of Leeds, or be an external student or have suspended your studies.

Students on a Degree Apprenticeship programme are not eligible to apply to the ALF even if the residency criteria are met.

You must have applied for, and received, the first instalment of either a student loan or an NHS bursary for the current academic year. You must have accepted your full entitled amount.

Full-time undergraduates with previous study

If your Student Loans Company funding is reduced due to previous study you will need to show that you had enough funds and/or income at the start of the course to cover all fees and living costs, and that you have applied for all available funding. You must be registered (or external or suspended).

Postgraduates

You must fit the residency criteria for maintenance funding from the Student Loans Company. Normally, this will mean you will be home-rated for fees and have had a maintenance loan whist an undergraduate. You must be registered (or suspended).

You will need to show that you had enough funds or income at the start of the course to cover all your fees and living costs. If eligible, you must have applied for the Postgraduate Loan (Masters students) and the Professional and Career Development Loan.

Part-time students must be studying at an average of 30 credits per year, or your course should last no more than four times the length of a full-time equivalent course.

Part-time undergraduates 

You must fit the residency criteria for maintenance funding from the Student Loans Company. Normally this will be indicated by your Tuition Fee Loan assessment.

You must have applied for, and received, the Part-time Fee and Course Grant (pre-2012 starters) or the Tuition Fee Loan (2012-2017 starters) or the Maintenance Loan (students starting a course in 2018/19). If you are ineligible for grants or loans because of previous study, you are unlikely to be considered for an ALF award.

You need to be studying at an average of 30 credits per year, or your course should last no more than four times the length of a full-time equivalent course.

Part-time undergraduates may apply for help with childcare costs, either with or without a standard ALF application.