Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
What are the priority groups?
When can I apply?   
When is the closing date for applications?
What do I need to provide?
How long does the Access to Learning Fund take to process?
Can I apply for the ALF fund more than once in the academic year?
Can I apply for the ALF fund only once during my degree?
If I submit my application late in the academic year will I receive less award if successful?
How much will I get?
Can I appeal against a decision?
Can I leave comments and feedback on how the form could be improved?

Who can apply?
An overview of eligibility criteria can be found in the ALF Eligibility section.

What are the priority groups?

  • Students with children (especially lone parents)
  • Students that can demonstrate that they have existing financial commitments including priority debts 
  • Disabled students  
  • Care leavers 
  • Students who are homeless 
  • Students receiving the final year rate of loan who are in financial difficulty.
  • Postgraduate students who have been unable to secure alternative funding i.e. Professional and Career Development Loan or paid employment.

 

*Please note that if you are in a priority group you are not guaranteed to qualify for an award. If you are not in one of the priority groups you can still apply but you must provide as much evidence as possible to show why you have a particular need.

When can I apply?                                                                                                                           
You can only apply once you have enrolled on your course and have received your first instalment of statutory support.  Unfortunately we are unable to determine eligibility prior to this.

Applications we be available from October 2016, please email us if you have any queries - SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk

When is the closing date for applications?

31/03/2017 is the deadline. If you miss the deadline and wish your case to be looked at on an individual basis please contact the team on 01772 892583 or email SFSTeam@uclan.ac.uk

What do I need to provide?
The type of evidence that you will need to provide with your application form will be dependent on your circumstances.  There is a student checklist within the application form.

How long does the Access to Learning Fund take to process?
Applications should take 6-8 weeks to process, however if evidence is taking a while to obtain, this can delay applications further.  Please note, during busy periods of the academic year, applications can take longer to process.

Non-standard payments may be dealt with quicker dependent on the urgency of your situation.

Can I apply for the ALF fund more than once in the academic year?
You can only submit one ALF fund application once per academic year.  If you experience a change in circumstance during the academic year or would like to submit additional evidence then we can reassess your existing application.

Can I apply for the ALF fund only once during my degree?
No, you can submit an ALF fund application every academic year.

 

If I submit my application late in the academic year will I receive less award if successful?
Any award you may receive will be for the duration of your academic year.

How much will I get?
If your application is successful then ALF fund awards can be between £100 - £2500 dependent on your circumstance.  In some situations students with  dependents may receive between £100 - £3500.

Can I appeal against a decision?
Once your application has been finalised if you are unhappy with a decision explanation appointments are available.  If you remain unhappy with the decision you can submit an appeal form to:

Head of Student Services
Student Financial Support Team
FB119
UCLAN
Preston
PR1 2HE


Can I leave comments and feedback on how the form could be improved?
Yes.  We have an online feedback form which you make any comments regarding the services, forms, information we provide, this can be Anonymous.

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