Extra help if you need it


Rather than let money problems interfere with your studies, the Student Funding Office administered a scheme designed to help lighten the finanicial burden some students may experience.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF) – now closed

Please note that this fund is now permanently closed. Details of any replacement scheme will appear here in September 2014.

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) was the most prominent of the financial support schemes administered by the Student Funding Office. ALF was a discretionary grant, funded by the government, to help students in financial difficulty whilst they are studying at university. ALF grants do not need to be paid back and can range from £100 to £3,500. This fund was intended to assist with general living and course-related costs, not tuition fees or 'lifestyle choices'.

ALF was only open to UK students who had taken up all statutory support available to them or, in the case of postgraduate students, were able to demonstrate that they had made adequate realistic provision for their studies before embarking on their course.

You could only apply for ALF support once you had arrived at the University and were registered as a student. All applications were means-tested, therefore some applications were unsuccessful.

Learn more about the Access to Learning Fund at the University of Birmingham.