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Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

About the Access to Learning Fund - Ask ALF

If you need some extra financial help - why not AskALF?

Each year the university receives in excess of half a million pounds from the government, called the Access to Learning Fund, to help UK students who need extra financial support for course related costs, such as books, equipment, travel and childcare, and living costs such as rent, utility bills etc.   Awards are normally not repayable and are between £100 and £3,500 each.

 

You may be eligible to apply to ALF if you are:

  • A full or part-time undergraduate studying at least 50% of a full-time course, or 25% if you are a part-time student starting your course on or after 1 September 2012 and have taken out your full student loan entitlement.

  • A full or part-time postgraduate studying at least 50% of a full-time course, or 25% if you are a part-time student starting your course on or after 1 September 2012 and have made reasonable provision to fund both your tuition fees and living costs.

 

What to do next:

To obtain the appropriate application form and guidance notes either collect copies from the Information Centres or the Students’ Union Advice Centres or download the files (see next section). 

Full-time on campus students will be expected to attend an ALF workshop run by the Student Advice Centre and have their form signed by the adviser present. You will need your tutor’s signature for confirmation that you are in regular attendance, as well as your own signature.

Students at Staffordshire University partner and franchise colleges should ask at your college Student Support Service for information and application forms.

The Students' Union Advice Centre have useful information pages on the Access to Learning Fund to access these visit their web page: Students' Union Advice Centre ALF Pages

ALF Forms and Guidance

General ALF Guidance & Forms

 

ALF Information Leaflets for 2013/14:

 

ALF Forms for 2013/14:

ALF Application Form for Students with Children (PDF, file size: 176.41KB)

ALF Application Guidance Notes for Students with Children (PDF, file size: 177.62KB)

ALF Checklist for Students with Children (PDF, file size: 146.85KB)

 

ALF Application Form for Students without Children (PDF, file size: 183.9KB)

ALF Application Guidance Notes for Students without Children (PDF, file size: 183.26KB)

ALF Checklist for Students without Children (PDF, file size: 141.57KB)

 

ALF Rent Form (PDF, file size: 117.51KB)

ALF Debts Form (PDF, file size: 220.74KB)

ALF Questionnaire (PDF, file size: 142.13KB)

  

Care Leavers

If you are a student who has entered Higher Education from Local Authority Care, please contact your Local Education authority's Leaving Care Team as you may be entitled to additional financial support. Some Local Authorities already provide support but unfortunately others do not.

You can contact Student Finance by calling 01782 294510 or by calling into the Information Centre on the ground floor of the Cadman Building on the College Road campus.

 

Student Loans

About Student Loans

If you have applied for a student loan you will receive a 'Notification of Entitlement' letter detailing your payments and Student Suppot Number. Full time on campus students will activate their loan by completing stage 2 enrolment which can be done at either the Information Centre at Stoke or Stafford, please bring all pages of your 'Notification of Entitlement' letter with you to stage 2 enrolment. Partner College students should take their 'Notification of Entitlement' letter to their College, who will confirm your attendance to the University in order to activate your student loan.

If you have applied for a maintenance loan then the University will register your enrolment with the Student Loans Company upon completion of stage 2 enrolment which will initiate a BACS transfer payment directly into your nominated bank/building society account within 3/4 working days of registration.

The Student Loan Company provide the University with your Student Support Number which should be quoted on any correspondence for example SFDU12345678A. However, some students receiving late assessments might have a delay in receiving this number. If you are in this situation, bring your paperwork into the Information Centre at Stoke or Stafford and we will manually up-date your Student Support Number. To check whether we have your Student Support Number, look at 'My Details' via MyPortal.

If you have any queries please contact:

Stoke: 01782 292716 or
Stafford: 01785 353876 

The Students' Union Money Doctor also has useful pages with information, advice and guidance. See the section below. 

Full Time Fees and Funding

Funding can be very different depending upon your course, when you began studying your course and what your household income is. For more information on funding for full-time students please see our Fees and Funding pages. Here you will find information regarding the cost of your tuition fees, statutory support available and also information about Bursaries.

The Students Union now has a Money Doctors service available to assist in giving you information advice and guidance about finances - please see the section below.

Undergraduate Bursaries

About Staffordshire University Undergraduate Bursaries

In 2013/14 a total of 650 National Scholarship Programme (NSP) and University bursaries will be available, each worth £6,000 (awarded over 3 years). You automatically apply for the University Bursary when you apply for your Loans and Grants as long as you have agreed to allow Student Finance England to share your information with the University. This data is passed to the University and we assess your entitlement. Letters confirming your bursary will be sent out by November each year. If you are expecting a bursary but do not receive a letter by the end of November, please call into the Information Centre at Stoke or Stafford. Bursary payments are made at the end of March and the end of May.

All Bursary payments will be subject to satisfactory engagement and/or attendance and progress on your course.

Visit our Fees and Funding pages for more information regarding our University Bursaries.

Council Tax Certificates

About Council Tax Certificates

If you are a full time student living with other full time students, then you will not be liable to pay Council Tax. Full time students living with non-students are also not liable for Council Tax but the house will still attract the tax which the non-student will have to pay. If there is only one adult non-student in the house, the Council Tax bill should be reduced by 25%. This has been the position since 6th April 2004.

The University will provide the local Council Tax offices (Stoke & Newcastle Under Lyme) with lists of full-time students to ensure exemption.  If you wish, you can request a Council Tax exemption certificate from the Information Centres at Stoke and Stafford from the last week of October. You will require to show your current Student ID Card.  The certificate will be ready for collection within 3 working days.  Should you have any queries regarding the Council Tax you should contact your local Council Tax office.

Money Doctors

Do you have a question about money?
Are you sure you’re getting all you’re entitled to financially?
Do you know how you could make savings?

Money Doctors is part of the Students’ Union Student Advice Centre. It is free, independent, impartial and confidential. Here to help you to keep your finances healthy. So why not come and see us for a free financial check-up.

t: 01782 294469, Students’ Union Building, Stoke Campus
t: 01785 353425, Beacon Building, Stafford Campus
www.staffsunion.com/moneydoctors

New Part-Time Undergraduate Students from England

The UK Government is providing non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of tuition for all new part-time undergraduate students that commence their current course of study on or after 1 September 2012.

New part-time students in 2013/14 can now apply for a tuition fee loan online via the Student Finance England website. Further details and guides can also be found via Student Finance England's 2013/14 student resources web pages including:

  • Eligibility for a Tuition Fee Loan

  • What you are entitled to

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances

  • How and when to apply

  • How and when you will repay your loan

 

Please note that in order to qualify for a part-time tuition fee loan you must:

  1. not already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for

  2. study at a course intensity of at least 25% per academic year. This means that you must study a minimum of 30 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course.

Once you have completed your application for part-time student finance (PTL1 form) you should bring this to the Information Centre two weeks after the start of the academic year so that we can complete the relevant section to confirm your enrolment and tuition fees.   

Unfortunately new part-time students cannot apply for a Maintenance Loan or a Maintenance Grant to assist with their living expenses.

 

National Scholarship Programme (NSP)

Part time students who started their course on or after 01 September 2012 and are either paying their own tuition fees or taking out a tuition fee loan to cover the fees may be eligible to apply for a National Scholarship Programme (NSP) award to help with the payment of their tuition fees. Any award will only be in the form of a full or partial fee waiver. The scheme cannot make payments to students.
 
The NSP scheme is to support part-time students from low income households (under £25,000 per annum) and is jointly funded by the government and the University. 
  
You can now apply for the 2013/14 part-time NSP - please see below for the Guidance Notes and Application Form: 

 

Guidance Notes for Part Time Student NSP 2013/14 (PDF, file size: 141.09KB)

Application Form for Part Time Student NSP 2013/14 (PDF, file size: 226.58KB)

 

Please note that applications must be submitted together with all documentary evidence by 1st December 2013. 

Applicants will be informed of decisions via their University student email account. If you have any queries please contact John Franklin (j.a.franklin@staffs.ac.uk

 

Other Sources of Funding

If you are in need of extra financial support then you may be able to apply for the Access to Learning Fund (ALF) please see the section at the top of this page.

Part-time students can usually still claim income-related (means-tested) benefits. Please visit the Directgov website for information regarding benefits for higher education students on a low income.

If you wish to seek further advice about bursaries, debt, financial assistance, budgeting and controlling your spending, or any other money-related matter you can contact the Money Doctors. Money Doctors is part of the Students’ Union Student Advice Centre and their aim is to help you to keep your finances healthy and make your money achieve what you want it to. The Money Doctors service is free, independent, impartial and confidential.

 

Continuing Part-Time Undergraduate Students from England

If you started studying your undergraduate course part-time before 1 September 2012 then you will still be able to apply for a Fee Grant and Course Grant. Fee Grants and Course Grants do not have to be repaid.

In order to qualify for a Fee Grant or Course Grant you must:

  1. not already hold a qualification equal to or higher than the one you intend to study for

  2. study at a course intensity of at least 50% per academic year. This means that you must study a minimum of 60 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course.


Further details will be available soon via the Student Finance England website including:

  • Eligibility for Fee and Course Grants

  • What you are entitled to

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances

  • How and when to apply


Once you have completed your application for part-time student finance (PTGC / PTGN form) you should bring this to the Information Centre two weeks after the start of the academic year so that we can complete the relevant section to confirm your enrolment and tuition fees. Application forms will be available to download from the Student Finance England website.

 

 

Tuition Fee Waivers

For the academic year 2013/14 Staffordshire University will continue to offer Tuition Fee Waivers to part-time undergraduate students that started their current course of study prior to 1 September 2012 and who are in receipt of income-related benefits or are on a low-income and who do not qualify for a Fee Grant or Course Grant from Student Finance. Please read the 'Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Guidance Notes 2013-14' document before making an application.

 

Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Guidance Notes 2013-14 (PDF, file size: 24.13KB)  

Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Application Form 2013-14 (PDF, file size: 30.5KB)

 

Tuition Fee Waiver Applications should be completed and returned no later than 4 weeks after enrolling on to your course.

 

 

Other Sources of Funding

If you are in need of extra financial support then you may be able to apply for the Access to Learning Fund (ALF) please see the section at the top of this page.

 

Part-time students can usually still claim income-related (means-tested) benefits. Please visit the Directgov website for information regarding benefits for higher education students on a low income.

 

If you wish to seek further advice about bursaries, debt, financial assistance, budgeting and controlling your spending, or any other money-related matter you can contact the Money Doctors. Money Doctors is part of the Students’ Union Student Advice Centre and their aim is to help you to keep your finances healthy and make your money achieve what you want it to. The Money Doctors service is free, independent, impartial and confidential.

 

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Wales

The Welsh Assembly has decided to defer the introduction of Tuition Fee Loans for part-time students from Wales.

 

Therefore, in the academic year 2013/14 all part-time students from Wales studying at a course intensity of at least 50% per academic year may be entitled to a Fee Grant and Course Grant. (This means that you must study a minimum of 60 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course)

 

Fee Grants are non-repayable grants of up to £1,025 that are paid directly to the University to help cover the cost of tuition fees. The amount you receive is based upon the intensity of your course compared to the full-time equivalent.

 

Course Grants are non-repayable grants of up to £1,155 are paid straight into your Building Society/Bank account to help cover the costs of books, travel and other course-related expenses. The amount you receive is based upon your household income.


Please visit the Student Finance Wales website for further details and how to apply.

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Northern Ireland

In the academic year 2013/14, all part-time students from Northern Ireland studying at a course intensity of at least 50% per academic year may be entitled to a Fee Grant and Course Grant.

This means that you must study a minimum of 60 credits per academic year on an undergraduate full-time equivalent course.

 

Fee Grants are non-repayable grants of up to £1,230 that are paid directly to the University to help cover the cost of tuition fees. The amount you receive is based upon the intensity of your course compared to the full-time equivalent.

 

Course Grants are non-repayable grants of up to £265 are paid straight into your Building Society/Bank account to help cover the costs of books, travel and other course-related expenses. The amount you receive is based upon your household income.

 

You will not be eligible for a grant if you:

  • already have a degree

  • are on a part-time teacher-training course (although you may qualify for full-time support)

 

Please visit the Student Finance Northern Ireland website for further details and how to apply.

Part Time Undergraduate Students from Scotland

Unfortunately the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) does not provide financial support to part-time students from Scotland who choose to study outside of Scotland. For more information please visit the SAAS website.

 

As an alternative source of funding you may wish to consider a Professional and Career Development Loan.

 

 

Part Time Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate

 

Discounts and Payments

Alumni Discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate qualification with us, you are entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. (N.B. Alumni discount is not available to PGCE students). 

 

Early Payment Discount

If you pay all of your year's fees within the first four weeks of the start of teaching, you are entitled to a 5% discount.

 

Part-time Postgraduate Tuition Fee Remission

For the academic year 2013/14 Staffordshire University will continue to offer a Tuition Fee Reduction to new part-time postgraduate students who are in receipt of income-related benefits or are on a low-income. Please read the 'Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Guidance Notes 2013-14' document before making an application.

Please note that this discount will not be available to students commencing a new course in the 2014/15 academic year.

Tuition Fee Waiver Applications should be completed and returned no later than 4 weeks after your course start date.

 

Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Guidance Notes 2013-14 (PDF, file size: 24.13KB)  

Part Time Tuition Fee Waiver Application Form 2013-14 (PDF, file size: 30.5KB)

 

Please Note:
The award of a Tuition Fee Waiver/Remission supersedes all other discounts offered by the University. Therefore if you successfully apply for a Tuition Fee Waiver/Remission then you will not receive any other forms of discount (i.e. Alumni or Early Payment Discount).
 

 

Payment of your fees can be made in a lump sum or by instalments per month or per term.

 

 

Studentships

Some postgraduate positions come with funding attached. These are called studentships. Studentships can cover both fees and living expenses, but there tends to be a lot of competition.

To find out more about finding and applying for studentships, see Finding a Postgraduate Place.

 

 

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are loans made in agreement with a Bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000 which is then paid off in the normal way once you have stopped studying.

The difference between a normal loan and a Professional and Career Development Loan is that the Skills Funding Agency pay the interest on the loan while you’re studying – and for one month afterwards. After this, you’ll pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates on the loans are set so that they’re competitive with other ‘unsecured’ personal loans that are commercially available.

Full details can be found on Directgov’s Professional and Career Development Loans website.

 

 

PGCE Students

Although a PGCE is a postgraduate course, PGCE students are eligible for the same financial support that is available to full-time undergraduate students.

You may also be entitled to a tax-free Teacher Training Bursary of up to £20,000 depending on the subject area. Visit the Teaching Agency website for full details.

 

 

Charities and Trusts

A number of charities and trusts provide postgraduate students with grants though such financial assistance is often reserved for students from poorer backgrounds, or for those who’ve achieved academic excellence.

You can visit your local library to find out more information about charities and trusts and view useful publications such as the Education Grants Directory, the Charities Digest, the Grants Register and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

You can also search for funding from educational trusts via the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) website.

 

 

Learned Societies

Some learned societies provide financial assistance for postgraduate or postdoctoral research. These include The Royal Academy for Engineering (engineering) which provides financial help to postgraduate students, though The British Academy (humanities and social sciences) and The Royal Society (science) offer financial assistance for postdoctoral research only.

 

 

 

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help for disabled students. You may get DSAs if you have a disability, ongoing health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.

Please see our Student Enabling Centre pages for further details about disability support and DSAs.

 

 

Postgraduate Funding in Scotland and Northern Ireland

In some cases, postgraduates from Scotland can apply for funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit the SAAS website for further details.

In Northern Ireland, the Department for Employment and Learning and the Education and Library Boards provide postgraduate funding for certain courses. For further details please visit the Careers Service NI pages.

Contact

Student Information Centre
Information Centre (Stoke)
Ground Floor Cadman Building
College Road, Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DE

Information Centre (Stafford)
Ground Floor Beacon Building
Beaconside, Stafford
ST18 0AD
t: +44 (0)1782 295705 (Stoke)
t: +44 (0)1785 353876 (Stafford)
f: +44 (0)1782 295723
e: information-centre@staffs.ac.uk