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Hardship Funding

We want you to enjoy and make the most of your time at Northumbria. When you’re away from home and faced with all the new challenges and excitement of university life, it can be all too easy to forget about your own personal wellbeing and your finances. So we are here to make sure you have all the support you need to stay healthy, happy and to succeed in managing your finances.

Should you find yourself facing financial hardship, we have outlined various recommendations for you to consider in order to help you with your situation.

Please note that Access to Learning Fund (ALF) closing dates are as follows:

  • 39 week courses - 5 May 2017 - ALF is now closed for these students*
  • 52 week courses - 14 July 2017

* If you have any extenuating circumstances, please drop in to Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Northumberland Building, to speak to an Adviser.  They are available Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (Wednesday 1 - 4pm).  No appointment is needed.

 

Recommendations

  • Do you know that you may be entitled to a bursary and/or scholarship from the university? Please click here.

  • Do you know that you can apply for a student bank account and may be eligible for an overdraft. Please click here.
  • Do you know that there are charitable organisations that may be able to help you when you are in financial hardship? Please click here.
  • You could always visit our Careers Centre here at Northumbria for employment opportunities. Please click here.
  • Have you considered family and/or friends who could help you out if you are encountering a short-term cash flow problem?

  • Please click here and here for tips on managing your money.
  • Are you experiencing debt problems? This might be helpful. You might also want to have a look here.

If you have any priority debt, for example severe rent arrears, gas/electricity arrears or court summons, you will need to speak to an adviser here at Northumbria before applying to the Access to Learning Fund. Their contact times and details can be found here.

What is the Access to Learning Fund?

  • The Access to Learning Fund is allocated to the University by the Government to distribute to UK students who are in financial hardship.
  • Any award from the Fund is paid on top of the standard student finance package; it is not meant to be a substitute. Please note that the Fund is not guaranteed and will be assessed on your individual circumstances.
  • Should you be awarded any money from the Fund, you will not need to pay this back.

Eligibility Criteria

To be Eligible to Apply to the Fund:

  • You must be regarded as a home student. Full details on eligibility and residency rules are available from the Welfare, Immigration and Funding advisers in Student Support and Wellbeing.
  • If you are moving from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man to attend your programme, you are not eligible. 

Please see further eligibility details below depending on your mode of study:

Full Time, Undergraduate 

  • You must be fully enrolled and in attendance at the University.
  • You must have taken out your full entitlement of student funding, including your tuition fee loan if applicable.
  • If you are a full year, non-NHS placement student, you must have received the reduced student loan from Student Finance. 
  • You must have received your most recent instalment of student funding at the time of application.
  • Please download the application form and guidance notes from the web page.

Full Time, Postgraduate 

  • You must be fully enrolled and in attendance at the University. 
  • You are required to speak to a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser to discuss your circumstances, prior to applying to the Access to Learning Fund. Drop in to Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Northumberland Building to speak to an Adviser.  They are available Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (Wednesday 1 - 4pm).  No appointment is needed. 
  • Please note you will be required to show that you have made adequate provision to start your course, by showing that you have an annual income/savings of at least £7,500 for your living costs. If this doesn’t apply to you, please explain this to the adviser when you speak to them. 
  • The Access to Learning Fund cannot be awarded to pay for tuition fees.
  • Your application form will only be accepted by the Access Funds Team after you have spoken with an Adviser.

Part Time, Undergraduate 

  • You must be fully enrolled and in attendance at the University.
  • You must have taken out your tuition fee loan from Student Finance
  • Please download the application form and guidance notes from the web page
  • Please note you will be required to show that you have made adequate provision to start your course, by showing that you have an annual income/savings of at least £7,500 for your living costs. If this doesn’t apply to you, you will need to speak to a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser to discuss your circumstances, prior to applying to the Access to Learning Fund. Drop in to Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Northumberland Building to speak to an Adviser.  They are available Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (Wednesday 1 - 4pm).  No appointment is needed. 

 Part Time, Postgraduate 

  • You must be fully enrolled and in attendance at the University.
  • You are required to speak to a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser to discuss your circumstances, prior to applying to the Access to Learning Fund. Drop in to Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Northumberland Building to speak to an Adviser.  They are available Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (Wednesday 1 - 4pm).  No appointment is needed. 
  • Please note you will be required to show that you have made adequate provision to start your course, by showing that you have an annual income/savings of at least £7,500 for your living costs. If this doesn’t apply to you, please explain this to the adviser when you speak to them.
  • The Access to Learning Fund cannot be awarded to pay for tuition fees.
  • Your application form will only be accepted by the Access Funds Team after you have spoken with an Adviser.

How To Apply

If you are eligible, please download your Application Form, Guidance Notes and Attendance Certificate. Please read the Guidance notes carefully for a list of supporting documents that you will need to submit with your application. 

You are welcome to scan and send your supporting documents to us via email at: sv.accessfunds@northumbria.ac.uk or you can send them in the post to: Access Funds Team, Student Support & Wellbeing, Northumberland Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle, NE1 8ST. You can also drop the form off at the Ask4Help desk, Coach Lane library and it will be forwarded to us via internal mail.

If you wish to submit your application form in person at the Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, Ground Floor, Northumberland Building please see our duty times below:

Mon           11am – 3pm
Tue             11am  3pm
Wed           11am – 1pm
Thurs         CLOSED
Fri               11am – 3pm

Please note, you may wish to submit photocopies as documents supplied cannot be returned.

Your application may take up to four weeks to process.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss further please contact us by calling in to the Student Support and Wellbeing Centre, email or phone us on 0191 227 4079.

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