Access to Learning Fund (Hardship Fund)

What is the University of Huddersfield Access to Learning Fund?

The Access to Learning Fund is a sum of money that the University has to assist home students in financial difficulty. The fund is based on income and allowable expenditure over the academic year, and awards are made when there is a shortfall between the two. The fund is primarily designed as a safety net when students have exhausted all other available financial support (sometimes referred to as financial hardship).

Funding is not guaranteed and an award does not mean that a student will be guaranteed funding in the future. If an award is made then it is separate to other state funding, and awards do not usually have to be repaid.

The Fund cannot help towards tuition fees and is strictly aimed at support for essential basic living costs.

To submit an application, please complete the Access to Learning Fund application form.

For more information, or to enquire about your eligibility to apply, please email the Student Financial Support team at


Disabled Students' Allowance laptop contribution

If you are a student in receipt of the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and have paid the £200 laptop contribution, this can be reclaimed using the DSA laptop fund application form.

The completed form and supporting documents should be returned to