ALF awards

There are different types of Access to Learning Fund awards each type dependent on your situation. Some take longer than others and may require additional evidence to process.

Standard Awards

Standard awards are based on a shortfall between student’s income and essential expenditure and can take up to 6-8 weeks to process, providing we have received all the required evidence.

Please note, applications may take longer to complete during busy periods in the year.  In order to qualify students have to demonstrate a shortfall between their income and essential expenditure.

If a student is eligible for a standard award payments are between £100.00 and £2,500.00.  In some situations students with dependents maybe entitled to an award between £100.00 and £3,500.00.  Payments are usually made as a lump sum payment.

To apply students need to download the application form online and supply all the necessary evidence stated within the form.  Once they have completed the application you can have your evidence checked by a member of the Student Financial Support Team.

If you want to discuss your circumstances before applying please contact us on this email the Student Financial Support Team


You will also need to complete and sign a declaration form. Prior to completing the application, please review the guidance notes available with the application.

Non Standard Awards

Non-standard awards are one off payments made in exceptional circumstances.   Awards may be considered for students who have to meet exceptional costs that other students may not incur.  Students who can demonstrate that they will have to withdraw from their course due to financial reasons may also be considered.

Depending on the situation, non-standard awards can be dealt with quicker than standard awards.  Examples of situations in which we may be able to agree non-standard payments include: possible eviction, repairs to essential household equipment, priority debts and other emergency situations.

To apply students will need to fill in an Access to Learning Fund application and supply all the necessary evidence stated within the form.  You will also need to submit additional evidence concerning your circumstances.

Once you have completed the application online you can hand in your evidence to the staff based in the <i> in the Library or alternatively post the photocopied evidence to SFS Team, Room 119, Foster Building, Preston, PR1 2HE.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your circumstances or for more information please email us SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk or Telephone 01772 892583

For Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 892583 / Email: SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk