Access to Success Fund

Does your course offer extracurricular activities? Are there events that you want to attend? Do you often struggle to find the money to participate?

The Access to Success Fund is a fund that students can apply to once per academic year to receive a grant up to £500 per year.

The funding can be used for:

  • Trips to support learning and general support to meet other financial costs
  • Purchasing specialist equipment for your subject area
  • Travel costs to and from work placements
  • IT Equipment
  • Books and Stationery
  • Activities to support your learning (e.g. conference attendance/mentoring opportunities etc.)

How to apply

All eligible students will be required to complete an application form. The fund will open for applications in November and close either on 31st May or when the fund is fully spent, whichever occurs sooner. The fund will therefore be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

An initial enquiry about the fund must be made to Student Finance at the drop-in service, so that an initial assessment can take place to check the student meets the initial eligibility criteria set out above. Where this is met, an application form will be issued which will include the means tested eligibility tracker.

Advice on completion/submission of the form will be offered by the Student Finance Team.

Initial eligibility criteria

  • Be a full-time undergraduate paying fees of £7,500 per annum or above
  • Be in receipt of the full level of support available to them from Student Loan
  • Be in regular attendance on their course at a minimum of 90%
  • Be up-to-date with all financial payments to college


You must have satisfactory attendance, defined as:

  • attendance at 90% or more of timetabled events for the particular programme of study, after adjustment for authorised absences and/or illness;
  • have submitted all work due, defined as:
  1. attendance at all examinations, in-class exercises or other summative assessment events
  2. submission of all assessments due

For these purposes, the due date for an assessment will be taken to be the later of:

  • the original due date set for the assessment
  • the due date after any extension agreed in writing by the relevant Programme Leader
  • any revised due date set by the Mitigating Circumstances Committee

Be in good standing, defined as:

  • not have withdrawn from the course
  • transferred to a non-qualifying course
  • not be excluded from the course or the college for financial, disciplinary or other reasons
  • having paid all monies owed to the college in accordance with any agreed payment plan

Additional terms and conditions may apply. See Bursaries and Scholarships Policy, 2020-2021 for more information.

This fund forms part of the Blackburn College ‘Hardship’ offer as prescribed by Government.