With the right information and advice, you can minimise financial worries and maximise your enjoyment of student life.

If you need some guidance, or experience any issues with finances or living costs, we can offer advice and support. Don't leave it too late as often getting early advice can help put you on the right track. 

Student Wellbeing Advisers

Our Student Wellbeing advisers can advise you about financial support and eligibility for:

  • undergraduate funding for full-and part-time courses
  • postgraduate funding
  • university bursaries, funds and scholarships.

They also offer advice about:

  • budgeting and money management (including student banking)
  • how to make your student budget stretch as far as possible
  • ideas for saving
  • managing debt.

Student Wellbeing Advisers administer the University’s Access to Learning Fund (ALF). This fund provides discretionary financial assistance for UK students to access and remain in higher education.

Undergraduates must have applied for their maximum student funding entitlement and have received the first instalment before submitting an application.

ALF monies may be awarded as a short-term loan in instances whereby receipt of student funding is delayed. Alternatively, ALF can be awarded as a grant. The amount awarded will depend on your individual circumstances and the number of applications received throughout the year.

It is important to note that ALF is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty, rather than a main source of income.

Applications will be accepted throughout the academic year 2020/2021 from 1st September 2020 until 12 noon on 14 July 2021, or until the fund is exhausted - whichever is the earliest.

How to Apply

Students must meet with a Student Support, Health and Wellbeing adviser who can assist them with their application.

The Exceptional Support Fund (ESF) provided by the University is a discretionary hardship fund to help students who find themselves in extreme financial hardship during their studies. 

Most students who find themselves in financial difficulty can apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF). The exception to this is students with overseas, Channel Islands/Isle of Man or EU status, and students who would normally be eligible to apply to the ALF but cannot due to the fund being exhausted, or before the fund opens.

The ESF could support you if you’ve received financial support from ALF but, despite the grant that you’ve received, you find that you’re experiencing another situation of unexpected extreme financial hardship.

The ESF is assessed via a panel and they will consider your income, essential expenditure, circumstances and the exceptional reason you’ve given for making the application. Any award will be paid to you in the form of a non-repayable grant, up to a maximum of £500.

Eligibility Criteria

Any full-time and part-time foundation year, undergraduate and postgraduate student can apply to the fund for financial aid, except:

  • Students who are studying on programmes that are under one year in length (30 weeks).
  • Students who are eligible to apply to the NHS Exceptional Support Fund. This applies to students who are studying an NHS undergraduate course, which started after August 2018.  These students can apply to the NHS ESF once they have been fully assessed by the ALF.

To apply, you must be fully registered, currently enrolled on and attending your programme.

How to Apply

Students must meet with a Student Support, Health and Wellbeing Adviser who can assist them with their application.