Earn upto £3,500 for 30 minutes work!!! 'Access to Learning Fund'

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  • robhammond
    robhammond Posts: 63 Forumite
    Hi Lady_k,

    "Would she have missed out by applying late as they said its one payment not the usual split into two."

    - She may have been backdated something, they can do that but it is entirely discretionary.

    "What does she have to do to get the summer fund?"

    - The Summer Fund aplication packs usually come out around June. It is a similar application to the general ALF but they need less information and yes they will require bank statements. They will take the bursary into account although that does not mean that she wont get an award, it might just not be as much.

    "At her last University she got the access to learning award then at the end of the uni year they sent her some extra money for what they said was accomodation costs it was about £500, maybe they were getting rid of extra money?"

    - This is exactly what i was talking about, they are desperate to find anyone who might still fit the criteria, and also like I said their prudent nature at the beginning of the year is forgotten.

    "she was entitled to the summer fund £500 but would only recieve this when she re-enrolled after the summer in september "

    - Not every Uni does it that way, mine awarded in July. It is worth asking.

    "She has also found her next placement is going to be approx 1 hour travel each way as they cannot find anymore local hospitals for placements now. Could she get anything for that?"

    - Yes, on the application mention in detail the amount of miles & parking expenses. the fund can be used to cover those things. It might be worth printing from the NHS website the hospital parking charges as documentary evidence.

    On a general point the 'window' to apply for the fund is usually about 2-3 weeks maximum so it might be a good idea to contact her student finance office & find out when applications start, or just keep your ear to the ground.

    I hope this has been of help,

    Rob
  • Rob,

    I thought about aspplying for this earlier in the year but didnt as was told I wa spretty unlikely to get it as i have no dependents and no credit card debts. I was fine last year as i worked part time this year i have not been able to and as my accomodation is private it is a lot more. also my parents arent really in a postion to heklp out. 2 questions as you seem to be a font of knowledge:

    whats the turn around time - i am pretty much on empty until the next loan instalment on 24th and have rent due 2 days before - is it a long process or does it just depend on the department?

    i have 2 student accts 1 1400 od the other 1200 od should i only mention 1 or both?

    thanks in advance

    ps forgot i worked over xmas earning about $300 - shoul di mention this - i dont want to lie but i believe you mentione dits 3 months history they need
  • does this take into account travel expenses by any chance??
  • Zziggi
    Zziggi Posts: 2,485 Forumite
    can part-time students get this?

    Is it only "traditional" universities have this or does the OU have ti too?


    Thanks
  • go4it
    go4it Posts: 313 Forumite
    This service is great, there were a couple of times at Uni when I was given £500 to help pay my rent. I had to produce bank statements and fill out lots of forms, but it was worth it.
  • Zziggi
    Zziggi Posts: 2,485 Forumite
    So exactly what type of things can you get help with through the ALF? Is there specific thigns they can help with and specific things they are not allowed to help with?
  • robhammond
    robhammond Posts: 63 Forumite
    Zziggi

    "whats the turn around time - i am pretty much on empty until the next loan instalment on 24th and have rent due 2 days before - is it a long process or does it just depend on the department?"

    It will partly depend on the department, however now is a quite time for student finance staff as most the tuition fees & ALF applications have been processed. It usually takes about a week, although in emergencies - say you were robbed, they can fast track payments in 24 hours but this is the exception rather than the rule.

    "i have 2 student accts 1 1400 od the other 1200 od should i only mention 1 or both?"

    Without a doubt declare both, and anything else no matter how trivial. You want to demonstrate as much expenditure & debt as possible - although don't lie!!

    the devil made me do it

    "does this take into account travel expenses by any chance??"

    Yes it does, all transport costs whether public or private transport costs for educational purposes are considered. Additionally for student parents, and mileage or expenses involved with child care are also considered.

    Zziggi

    "can part-time students get this?"

    Yes

    "Is it only "traditional" universities have this or does the OU have ti too?"

    I'm really not sure on that, it would be contacting the Open University and finding out if you are studying with them.

    "So exactly what type of things can you get help with through the ALF? Is there specific thigns they can help with and specific things they are not allowed to help with?"

    Yes, they can help with rent, travel expenses, general living costs i.e. gas & electric bills, council tax- if you pay it. They will help cover some course materials i.e. photocopying costs, books & materials. Additionally they will give extra subsidy to carers & parents for child care costs. Also any debt secured against your home will be considered.

    They will not pay for mobile phone, house phones, internet connections (as these are not deemed essential). There is also a ceiling limit on the amount of rent & some bills they will subsidise (if you CHOOSE to live in expensive accomodation they are not going to reward you for it).

    Hope this helps,

    Rob
  • Spendless
    Spendless Posts: 24,136 Forumite
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    Is it only uni students who qualify or would college ones do too? and does it depend on the length of the course and hours of the course?
  • Spendless

    "Is it only uni students who qualify or would college ones do too? and does it depend on the length of the course and hours of the course?"

    It is my understanding that the fund is for University's only. Most Further Education (FE) centres provide other incentives like the Educational Maintenance Allowance & some free courses instead.

    As for the length & duration of the course, they will consider each case on it's merits. However as a general rule you would receive less funding for a less intensive course. However for example, a part-time student may recieve less than a full time student UNLESS they were a carer or parent.

    If the course is a short course (i.e. 12 weeks) then funding would not be permitted. The generally course must last the whole academic year - although in extenuating circumstances that might not apply.
  • summerday
    summerday Posts: 1,351 Forumite
    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for this useful post. My sister at uni is in her first year and is really struggling for money almost at her overdraft limit, she did think about applying for thjis kind of hardship fund but thought that if they gave her money in the first year it would mean they wouldn't consider her again and she might need help even more in the third year when she has a heavier worload and might not be able to work pt. Do yuo know if these awards can be made more than once?
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