How and when to apply
You apply to the Access to Learning Fund by completing an application form and submitting the relevant supporting documentation.
You can apply to the Fund at any time during the academic year once you have received your first student loan, NHS bursary instalment, or part-time fee and course grant.
How to apply
Pick up a form from the Student Services Centre counter. You will also need to return your completed application and supporting documents in person. If you are away from University (eg on your year abroad or industrial placement), are an external student, or are temporarily withdrawn, email the Funding team to ask for a form to be posted out to you and then return your application and evidence by post.
When we receive your form, a member of the Funding team will check through the application and evidence, and assess whether we need any further information or documentation.
If we do require further information, we will inform you by email to your University email address. You will need to check your email regularly to prevent unnecessary delays in your application. You must tell us if your University email account is suspended.
You must complete all the relevant sections of the form, following the form instructions, and compile all the necessary evidence.
You must make your application with all necessary evidence by the last day of your personal academic year (15 June 2018 for most students) or 16 July 2018, whichever is earlier. If your course continues beyond these deadlines, you can still apply but only for costs incurred in the remaining few weeks of your course.
You cannot normally submit a second application during the same academic year unless there is a significant change in your financial circumstances.
If your course has a summer vacation, as most full-time undergraduate courses do, you will not usually be considered for help during this period unless you are in one of the following categories:
- You have dependent children (you should already have applied for all available benefits).
- You are unable to work due to illness.
- You are unable to work due to a disability (you should already have applied for all available benefits).
- You are a care leaver.
- You have been a Foyer Scheme resident, or participated in a similar scheme for homeless people.
- You are facing a financial emergency.
- You have essential course-related costs that you are unable to meet due to financial hardship.
Students with August resits can find information on funding for the resit period on this Examinations webpage.
If you apply during the final month of your academic year or course, any award you receive will only be for the remaining number of weeks and not for the whole academic year.
We guarantee a decision will be made within four working weeks of the date you submit your complete application. However, Funding team staff should be able to give you a more realistic estimate of how long the application process will take when you hand in your application form.
It is possible that when we assess your application, we may need further information and evidence. If this is the case, we will contact you at your University email address, so check your email to ensure your assessment is not delayed.
You can appeal your decision; however, you must submit your appeal within one calendar month of the date of your decision letter.