Financial support

Your time at University should be enjoyable and rewarding – and we want to help make sure you’re not distracted from your studies by money worries. 

If you’re a current or prospective student, our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers can give you advice, information and guidance on:

  • Undergraduate funding for full- and part-time courses
    • What’s available, who is eligible and how to apply
  • Postgraduate funding
    • What’s available, who is eligible and how to apply
  • University Bursaries, Funds and Scholarships
    • What’s available, who is eligible and how to apply
  • Budgeting and Money Management (including Student Banking)
    • How to make your student budget stretch as far as possible
    • Ideas for saving
    • Managing debt

Student Support, Health and Wellbeing administer Canterbury Christ Church University’s Access to Learning Fund (ALF), which 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 installment before submitting an application.

ALF monies can be awarded as a Short Term Loan of up to £400 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.

This fund is closing to new applicants on 25 March 2019. 

The Exceptional Support Fund is provided by the University and is a discretionary Hardship Fund to help CCCU students who find themselves in extreme financial hardship whilst they are attending their course of study. 

The majority of students who find themselves in financial difficulty would be able to apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF).  The exception to this would be Students with Overseas, Channel I/IoM 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 students who have received financial support from ALF but, despite the grant that they have received, find that they are experiencing another situation of unexpected extreme financial hardship.

The ESF is assessed via a panel and due regard is taken of a student’s income and essential expenditure and circumstances.  The “exceptional” reason given for making the application will be carefully explored.  Any award will be paid in the form of a grant, up to a maximum of £500 which will not have to be repaid.

Eligibility Criteria

Any Full-time and Part-time foundation year, undergraduate and postgraduate student may apply to the fund for financial aid, providing they are fully registered, currently enrolled on and attending their course of study, 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 (ESF).  This applies to students who are studying on 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

How to Apply

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

For further enquiries or to make an appointment, please contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team


During term time, you can drop in to see the Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers face to face, or contact them by telephone on 01227 922675. The advisers also respond to email studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk throughout the year.

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Last edited: 21/03/2019 12:03:00