Access to Learning Fund University of Greenwich

The Access to Learning Fund application is open from 23 October 2017 and will close on the 25 May 2018 (funds dependent, see below) . If you are concerned about your current financial circumstances, please visit your campus Student Centre Finance Team for advice and guidance.

What is the Access to Learning Fund?

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) provides additional support to home full-time or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are facing extreme unforeseen financial difficulty or unexpected financial crisis. Please note that this fund should not be seen as a main source of financial support and is not designed to meet the cost of tuition fees.   Awards from the fund are paid on top of the standard student finance package. You are expected to apply for all the loans, grants and bursaries (wherever applicable) to which you are entitled to before asking for help from the fund. Postgraduate students should demonstrate that they have made adequate provision towards their course costs and living expenses before considering applying to the ALF.  You do not need to repay any money awarded.  

Please note: you will be required to submit documentary evidence together with your application form as per the guidelines provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) to be able to assess your application.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • A UK National.   
  • An EU National, who is in receipt of a maintenance loan from Student Finance England or regional equivalent.   

Who cannot apply?

The following categories of students may not be eligible for help from the Access to Learning Fund, however it is recommended that you contact the Funds and Bursary team via e-mail at for advice and support:

  • Home students who chose not to apply for any student support which they are entitled to.
  • International Students
  • EU Nationals (who do not fit in the category above).
  • Students studying less than 60 credits or 50% of a full time course this academic year (if you started your course before 1 September 2012)
  • Students studying less than 30 credits or 25% of a full time course this academic year (if you started your course on or after 1 September 2012)
  • Partner college students who pay their fees directly to college

When do I apply?

The fund is usually open from mid-October until May, it is however limited and may close if all funds are exhausted.  You can only apply once each academic year and you must be registered on your programme. Eligible full time undergraduate students should receive their first payment of maintenance loan/grant into your bank account before they apply to the fund. Part time students should make sure that the tuition fee loan/grant has been paid to the university and eligible postgraduate students must demonstrate at the start of the course that they had made realistic provision to fund both tuition fees and living costs before considering applying to the fund.

How do I apply?

The quickest way to make an application is to download an application. You also can collected a form from all campus Student Centre Finance teams. Completed applications must then be returned along with all the necessary relevant documentation to your campus Student Centre.  The list of supporting documents required as evidence can be found at the last page of the application form.

Please note:  Original documents will not be accepted and all documents should be photocopied before submitting the form.

Completing the form and collecting all the relevant evidence can be time consuming, however for an application to be fully and fairly assessed it is necessary for us to have this information.

Student Finance staff in the Student Centre will check your supporting evidence before sending your application to the Funds, Awards and Bursary Team. Campus staff reserve the right to reject your application form should they feel that the documents provided are incomplete, are not copies or are insufficient to support your application. In certain circumstances you may also be contacted separately by the assessor and asked to supply additional documents when needed.  

How long does it take to process and how will I be notified?  

The assessment may take up to 28 days to process depending on the number of applications received.  All correspondence regarding your application to the fund will be made via your University of Greenwich e-mail account. It is therefore imperative that you check your university e-mail on a regular basis once you have submitted your application form. Under certain urgent circumstances the team may contact you over the phone if you have supplied a contact number.

Important note

Receiving an award from the Access to Learning Fund in a given academic year does not guarantee that you will be successful or if successful, will receive the same level of support as you received in a previous year. You should also note that where circumstances remain unchanged, they will not be considered in the assessment for subsequent applications.

Apply for the Access to Learning Fund

Apply for the Access to Learning Fund.