Student Finance Guide

Financial Difficulties

Students may find themselves in financial difficulty for a variety of reasons, and there are a number of support mechanisms available that the University can offer to help students in need.

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Accommodation and Tuition Fee Payments

If you experience any difficulties in paying your tuition or accommodation fees, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss the matter with a member of staff.

Visit our Contacts page for contact details.

Budgeting Advice

Kent Union and GK Unions can provide help with budgeting and financial advice. You can find a number of budgeting and financial management resources at the following pages:

If you need more in depth advice on a particular issue, you can contact the Advice Centres at Kent Union and at GK Unions:

Short Term Loans

The University can lend students who are suffering from financial difficulty, an amount of money to help with their immediate essential living costs, such as food and essential travel.

The University can offer you one or two types of loan, depending on your circumstances.

Click here for more details.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund (ALF) provides discretionary financial assistance for UK students to access and remain in higher education, particularly those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support.

Students should be aware that ALF is intended to act as a safety net for those in financial difficulty, rather than a main source of income. Overseas and EU (other than UK) students are not eligible to apply.

Click here for more details

European Financial Support

The European Financial Support fund (EFS) can provide discretionary financial assistance to all full time non-UK students registered at the University of Kent and eligible to pay tuition fees at the ‘EU’ rate, and all non-UK University of Kent students (including overseas rate fee-payers) studying abroad as part of their degree programme.

Click here for more details.


Finance Department, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

Fax: +44(0)1227 827024 or Contact us - Students | Staff | External

Last Updated: 19/02/2018