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Financial Capability - Blackbullion

UCLan has teamed up with Blackbullion to offer all of our students the opportunity to learn more about their finances and to improve their financial capability free of charge via an online learning platform.

What is Blackbullion?

Blackbullion helps students to develop financial confidence, knowledge and skills to facilitate better financial decision making. Students can use the platform to access a range of courses and helpful information on subjects including fees, funding, unexpected costs and student saving tips.

There are also competitions run throughout the year that students can enter for a chance to win prizes such as fitness trackers, headphones and much more. When you Sign up for Blackbullion you should use your UCLan email address to ensure you are linked to to the University and eligible for any competitions that are offered. 

All students will be required to complete the Blackbullion ‘Budgeting’ module before they can apply to the Hardship Fund. The Budgeting Pathway enables students to create a manageable plan to help save money at home and with university related costs and might help you to better manage your money whilst studying.

For more information about Blackbullion and what it can offer you, please contact The <i> Information and Support Centre: Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email:

Independent Financial Advice 

The Student Union Advice and Representation Centre offers UCLan students free and independent financial advice for a range of issues including:

  • Fees and funding 
  • Budgeting 
  • Boosting your budget 
  • Top saving tips 
  • Debt 
  • Welfare and benefit checks 

If you think that you might benefit from this advice and guidance, please contact the Advice and Representation Centre directly for more information and to request help:

If you have completed an application for the Hardship fund, our advisors may recommend that you seek independent financial advice before we can consider your submission. This may also relate to an issue that has no direct influence on your application assessment. 

You can also seek independent financial advice from the following agencies:


Disability/Inclusive Support

Financial support towards an assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty

UCLan can provide financial support to students who require a full diagnostic assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. This assessment is carried out by an external provider. The cost of the full assessment is £284, however, enrolled students at UCLan may be eligible to be tested free of charge.
You will need to speak to the Inclusive Support team to discuss your needs and they will tell you about the next steps.

DSA Top-up Grant

UCLan can provide financial support to students who need to pay suppliers the additional £200 student contribution before they can gain access to the equipment applied for through Student Finance England or NHS Grants Unit in relation to their Disabled Student Allowances claim. Some students from low income households may be eligible for a grant towards these costs.

For more information about how we can help or to apply for financial support please contact the Inclusive Support team.

Unfortunately, students on Degree Apprenticeship courses are not eligible to apply for financial support with disability funding. We recommend that you contact the Students Union Advice Centre on 01772 894880 / for further advice on any additional financial support that may be available.

UCLan Financial Bursary

The UCLan Financial Bursary Scheme 2020 is financial support awarded to students from low income households. This support is provided in instalments, made across the academic year directly into eligible student bank accounts.

The Scheme awards £2,000 in total across 3 academic years, £500 in Year 1, £750 in Year 2 and £750 in Year 3 (with £750 in Year 4 for applicable cases).

You do not need to apply for this bursary, you will be automatically considered using your household income information which is shared (with your consent) through your funding provider. You will need to enter your bank details into My UCLan and can check whether you are eligible for the bursary here too.

For information about eligibility and other frequently asked questions, please visit the Bursaries and Scholarships webpages.

For Financial Support Enquiries:

Telephone: 01772 895000 / Email: