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Access to Learning Fund 2013/14

If you have unexpected financial problems while you are studying, you can apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF) for additional support. The University receives this money from the government each year so that it can provide selective help, on a discretionary basis, to UK students who are in financial difficulty. You can apply at any time once you have registered on your course and the money does not usually have to be repaid.

If your student loan is delayed at the start of your first term, you may be able to get a short-term loan whilst you are waiting for your funding. This service is available only if your statutory funding has been delayed.

Students cannot apply to the Fund solely for specific elements of their course costs i.e. field trips. The costs of any compulsory elements will be included as part of the student’s overall essential expenditure but an award will not be made purely on the basis of an individual cost.

Postgraduate students are eligible to apply but must show that they have made reasonable and realistic provision to fund their course. Students who commence a course with no financial backing will not be eligible to apply. There is no assistance with the payment of tuition fees. Postgraduate students may apply to ALF only for the year(s) in which they are paying fees. For example a student on a one year Masters course may, under University regulations, take up to five years to complete but they may only apply to ALF in their first year. Part-time students may apply to ALF for the two years in which they are paying fees.

If you would like more information about either the Access to Learning Fund, please contact:

Student Funds

Telephone 0151 291 3435/3464/3488


You can download a copy of the‌  here.

Further information on the application process can be found here ALF main points to be considered.