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Solent Access to Learning Fund

The Solent Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable grant for students who are in financial hardship.

It can help towards:

  • Living costs.
  • Childcare.
  • Travel.
  • Accommodation.
  • Household expenses.
  • Books and course equipment.

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Unfortunately the fund cannot help pay towards tuition fees or those who have just mismanaged their finances. We can offer money management advice on this.  

For students who have only been able to take out the non-means tested part of the maintenance loan, due to a high household income, they cannot be fully compensated for the lack of parental contribution by the fund, but are encouraged to still apply. 

Who can apply to the Solent Access to Learning Fund?

Students enrolled on a course for 2016/17 at Southampton Solent University and are:

  • Full-time / part-time UK  'home' undergraduate students, in receipt of their full student funding, or
  • Full-time / part-time UK 'home' postgraduate students (if part-time, must be studying at least 50% (25% for disabled students) of a full-time course (that is 60 credits)
  • Full-time students must have received the first payment of their full entitlement of maintenance loan.
  • EU students who are in receipt of full UK funding (including maintenance loan).
  • International students cannot apply*

* EU and International Access Fund
If you are experiencing a short term financial emergency which is unforeseen and beyond your control then you should come and see the funding team in the first instance. You will need to demonstrate that you had initially made adequate financial arrangements to support yourself throughout your studies, including paying your tuition fees and that your current situation is temporary.  The Funding adviser can give you an application form. 

When can I apply?

Students can apply from:

  • Monday 10 October 2016 until Friday 23 June 2017  (by 3pm) or 
  • until funds are exhausted, whichever is the sooner.

Application forms  

Please use the change of circumstances form, below, if you need to apply again within the same academic year:

Change of circumstances

Can I appeal the decision?

If you are unhappy with the result of your Access fund application you can appeal the decision.

You can contact the chair of the panel, Joanna Wakely, by email joanna.wakely@solent.ac.uk

Other grants

Course costs

Students who have higher than standard course costs (not general costs such as books, stationary etc), and have extra compulsory expenses, may be able to apply to the course costs grant.

Unpaid placements / work experience 

The fund is available to support students who have been offered unpaid work experience or placements, between 10 and 20 working days, who due to their poor financial circumstances, may be prevented from doing so.

Placements must last a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of 20 working days. If it is over 20 working days students may still apply but will only be eligible for the maximum award available.

Help over the summer

For help during the summer break (July and August) please see the summer access fund page for more information.

Further information

If you need help with your student funding please contact a student funding adviser

Page last updated on Wednesday 21 December 2016 at 2.41pm.

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