Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

* The Access to Learning Fund is now closed for the Academic Year 2011/12.

Sometimes despite a student’s best efforts they may find themselves in financial difficulty. This could be due to a delay in funding or unforeseen circumstances that have arisen which could place the student in financial hardship, which without help, would force them to withdraw from their studies.

The Access to Learning Fund is a discretionary Government fund that is available to students who find themselves in such a position.

The Access to Learning Fund has a limited budget and awards cannot be guaranteed for all students who apply, particularly towards the end of the academic year.

The Access to Learning Fund is only available to UK students. There are various criteria that need to be met before an assessment can be completed. Please download FIA Factsheet #01 to check your eligibility.

ALF interview

FIA ALF Appointment

FIA ALF Appointment

Access to Learning Fund appointments are available as:

   - Group webinar presentations

   - Individual webinars

   - Face to Face appointments

All students will be offered the opportunity to attend a group webinar presentation in the first instance.

You can find out when the next session is taking place on our Upcoming Webinar page.

For more information about these options and details on booking an appointment please download FIA Factsheet #02.

Once you have booked your appointment there is some important information that you need to know regarding the application process. This can be found in FIA Factsheet #03.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, please see FIA Factsheet #04. This provides information about the appeals process.

EU and International Students are ineligible to apply to the Access to Learning Fund.  However the Student Union Advice Centre can offer information and guidance about other hardship funding which may be available. More information about funding opportunities for international students can be found on the International webpages.

Various external bodies also offer scholarships; each will have its own criteria. More information is available on the Funding pages (This information will be regularly updated as new scholarships are received).