Birkbeck financial support

Birkbeck Access to Learning Fund (for students starting in 2017-18)

These discretionary awards are intended to help towards your course costs. Awards are usually awarded to students who have already received the Birkbeck cash bursary.


  • You can apply to this fund if you are either a:
    • Part-time undergraduate: you can apply to this fund for additional help with your course costs (eg essential books, photocopying, childcare, the cost of an essential field trip or help with travel to and from the college). 
    • Full-time Home undergraduate student: if you are in receipt of the maximum maintenance entitlement from Student Finance England and are in financial difficulty, you can apply to the fund for help with living costs and course-related costs.
    • Full-time EU student: if you are not eligible for maintenance funding, you can be considered for help with essential field-trip costs. 

How and when to apply

How we assess you for an award

  • Part-time undergraduate students: you will be assessed based on your total declared course-related costs for the full academic year. The percentage of any award made will then be scaled based on income from the previous tax year and will take into consideration if students are in receipt of the Birkbeck cash bursary.
  • Full-time undergraduate students: you will be assessed for living costs using a standard calculation that looks at the difference between the expected annual income for a student and their accepted reasonable expenditure. If the expenditure is higher, you will be viewed as having a shortfall for living costs and an award may be made. Award amounts are discretionary.

The Access to Learning Fund is no longer available to new students (those who started in 2018-19 or later) - see below for details of our new Birkbeck Financial Support Scheme.

Birkbeck Financial Support Scheme (for students starting in 2018-19)

In 2018-19 Birkbeck will be launching a new financial support scheme for undergraduate students enrolling on new full-time and part-time degree programmes in the 2018-19 academic year.

This will include a range of support services to help you prepare financially for your course, and to assist you with any financial issues you may experience throughout the academic year. One-to-one advice will be available to assist you in accessing government financial support including student loans, grants and benefits.

Should you require further financial support beyond these options, you may be able to apply for an award through our Birkbeck Financial Support fund. Applications for this fund will take into account income and expected reasonable expenditure to determine if there is a need for additional financial support.


  • To be considered for an award from the Birkbeck Financial Support fund you must:
    • be a Home/EU student
    • be studying at least 30 credits (ie 25% intensity) on a BA/BSc/LLB degree which you are starting in the 2018-19 academic year
    • have accessed all government financial support available to you
    • normally have a household income of less than £25,000.
  • Students beginning a Certificate of HE or a Foundation Degree in 2018-19 are not eligible to apply to this scheme; however, they may be able to apply for the Birkbeck Cash Bursary instead.

How much will I receive?

  • Awards will be scaled based on study intensity and will take into consideration your individual circumstances. The amount of award could be up to £1500, but will be dependent on the level of need that is calculated.

Further information on how to apply for financial support in 2018-19 will be available soon. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact us.