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 Support Advisers

Our student support 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
  • laptop grant to support access to essential IT equipment for your studies

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

The Wellbeing Café

Every Thursday at 2pm- 4.30pm in the Food Court.

Come along and meet the Student Support team for advice on finance and wellbeing as well as enjoy a free cuppa and some biscuits.

Hardship Support

Student support 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 from 1st  September 2022 until 12 noon on 14 July 2023, or until the fund is exhausted - whichever is the earliest.

How to Apply

Students must meet with student support advisers 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 courses 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 course.

How to Apply

Students must meet with student support advisers who can assist them with their application.

Bursaries, Grants and Scholarships

Recognising the vital importance of NHS recruitment, the government has decided to provide extra financial help in the form of a grant of at least £5,000 per year (subject to government review for subsequent years). Students on the following courses will be eligible to receive this grant:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Students studying on our Mental Health Nursing and Diagnostic Radiography courses will also receive an additional £1,000 per year from the government. Additional funding will also be available for childcare. You do not have to pay this money back in future.

Find out more from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA).

Apply for funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF).

Extra support for childcare costs

In addition to other support which may be available, eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course may also be able to claim further financial support for childcare costs from the NHS.

Find out more about the Health Students Child Dependants Allowance through the NHS BSA.

What happens if I already have a first degree?

Students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects (except paramedic science) as a second degree will currently be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree. Please check the NHS website for eligibility and the latest funding information.

We offer a Care Leavers' Bursary to eligible undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) students. This amounts to £4,800 over four years of study (£1,200 per academic year, pro rata if you are studying part-time) including either foundation year or PGCE, but excluding apprenticeships. The award is not paid during any repeat years of study, however if you are repeating a year then you may be eligible for the CCCU Grant for that year.

To be eligible for the Care Leavers' bursary you need to meet the following criteria.

  • You are under 25 years of age, in care, or a care leaver, in the UK and: are, or have been, looked after under a Care Order when age 16 for at least 13 weeks
  • you are recognised by the Foyer Federation, or have otherwise been homeless.

Additional criteria:

  • Your household income is £25,000 per year or less.
  • You are normally resident in England.
  • Your fees for each year of study are more than £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time).
  • You do not receive other financial support from Canterbury Christ Church University including the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant (other than during a repeat year of study).

You must be able to provide proof of the above if asked to do so. This is usually done through your local authority. For further information and support please contact studentsupport@canterbury.ac.uk

If you are looking to undertake a career development opportunity but finding it financially difficult to do so, then you may be eligible to benefit from the Career Development Fund.

The bursaries available are:

  • Travel Bursary: for assistance with travel costs (individual applications only).
  • Career Start Bursary: for all other costs associated with the work experience. Examples of possible uses for the Career Start Bursary include costs for buying suitable workwear, ad hoc childcare, specialist software and money to attend a conference (individual and group applications welcome).

Find out more about the Career Development Fund.


Awards of up to £1,500 per year.

We are dedicated to supporting student athletes in both academic and sporting success through our Sport Scholarship programme.

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site.

This acknowledges a high level of academic flexibility allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule.

To apply for the award you can be studying any subject, but must be:

  • competing at county level or above in your sport
  • a current or prospective full-time, undergraduate student at Canterbury Christ Church University.

How to apply:

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply.

To support our students starting in our Diamond Jubilee year we awarded a range of bursaries and scholarships.

For the terms and conditions, including payment details, for the bursaries and scholarships awarded as part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2022 please see the below:

  • Diamond Jubilee Bursary
    The Diamond Jubilee Bursary offered a £500 cash award to new UK students starting an undergraduate full-time degree with Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2022.

  • Diamond Jubilee Academic Excellence Scholarships
    The Diamond Jubilee Excellence Scholarships were awarded to students who achieved AAA or above at A Level or equivalent and started with Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2022.

  • Diamond Jubilee Scholarships
    Diamond Jubilee Scholarships were awarded to those students who achieved AAB-ABB at A level or equivalent and started with Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2022.