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Financial support

Students sometimes have some financial difficulties during their studies, it is always better to seek help with financial problems as soon as they occur.

If you are in hardship and need extra financial help in addition to any monetary support you may have gained for your studies, please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre. They may be able to advise you as well as explaining how to apply for additional support.

BABS and ALF

A range of financial support is available from both the University and the government to help you afford to study, no matter what your circumstances or background.
 
Access to Learning Fund (ALF)
The Access to Learning Fund provides extra financial support to UK students who have serious financial difficulties. It is there to meet particular costs that are not covered by other grants and can offer support if you’re in financial hardship or facing an unexpected financial crisis. Payments are usually given as grants, which do not have to be repaid.
 
Full and part-time students who are in receipt of their maximum financial statutory support package are eligible to apply. Part-time students must be studying the equivalent of 50 per cent of a full-time course.
 
Certain categories of students fall into priority groups for financial help from the Access to Learning Fund, please contact The Student Centre for further information.
 
Bucks Advantage Bursary Scheme (BABS)
Although international and students from the European Union are expected to have sufficient funds to complete their course, BABS can sometimes help those students who face changes in their financial situation due to unexpected and unpredictable circumstances. If you are ineligible for assistance from the Access to Learning Fund or find yourself in financial hardship, it’s always worth making an application. Funds are limited, so you are only able to apply if you are already in your second year or beyond. Payments are usually given as grants and do not have to be repaid.
 
Maintenance grants for home and EU students
If you would like information about the financial assistance that may be available to you from the government, please see directgov.gov.uk for the most up-to-date information.
 
Useful websites for financial advice
If you are looking for further financial advice and guidance you can find out more information from the following: