Birkbeck Access to Learning support

Birkbeck Access to Learning Fund (for students starting in 2017/2018)

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.

Birkbeck Access to Learning Bursary (for students starting in 2018/2019)

These bursaries provide helps towards your course and living costs. An award will be considered in each year of study. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are in financial need, we encourage you to apply. As this is a bursary, you will not have to pay it back.


  • To be eligible for an Access to Learning Fund Award, you must:
    • be a Home/EU student
    • be studying at least 30 credits (ie 25% intensity) on a designated undergraduate course
  • You will be able to apply for support as soon as you enrol at Birkbeck. Applications are open throughout the academic year (until the summer term).

How much will I receive?

  • The amount offered will be based on your individual needs, with awards ranging from £200-£1,000. We will assess you, looking at income, expenditure and number of credits you are taking. If you already receive a Birkbeck bursary from another source, we will take this into account in your assessment.
  • A member of the Student Advice Service will be available for you to meet with to advise you on the application process.