Access to Learning Fund
If after planning your budget for the year and working whenever you can, you are still unable to make ends meet, you should consider applying for a grant from the SOAS Access to Learning Fund. This fund is provided by SOAS and awarded using national guidelines to provide financial support to home students, where access to education might be inhibited by financial considerations or where students face exceptional or unforeseen financial difficulties.The Fund can also help students with above average needs, especially:
Students receiving the final year loan rate, who are in financial difficulty
Students with caring responsibilities
- Student with children, especially lone parents
Mature students, especially those with existing financial commitments, including priority debts
Students from low income families
Students who are displaced people, refugees or asylum seekers
Disabled students (especially where the DSA is unable to meet particular costs)
Students with experience of care, from Foyers or who are homeless
Undergraduates - You must have been fully means-tested and receive the maximum amount of maintenance loan available to you before applying. We also need to see that you are using a student bank account with interest free overdraft facility unless you have credit issues.
Postgraduates - We expect to see that have taken the Post Graduate Loan to assist with your fees. Before assessing we also check to see that you have an income for living costs of £218 per week (£181 for those with dependents or cannot work due to ill-health or disability). This income doesn't have to be from employment, it could be from a number of different sources including savings, private loans, benefits etc.
We will also check to see that full time students are using the TfL 18+ Student Oyster Card to receive a 33% reduction on travel in London before assessing an application.
Part-students who receive an award will qualify for the TfL 18+ Student Oyster Card.
SOAS Hardship Fund
International postgraduate and undergraduate students who encounter emergency unforeseen costs or unexpected financial hardship may be eligible to apply for a small grant usually up to £500 from the SOAS Hardship Fund.
We also have a fund specifically for students from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with the same criteria.
You will need to be able to demonstrate that you had made reasonable provision for living costs and tuition fees before starting your programme.
Students from the following groups would be considered a priority for assistance
- Final Year Undergraduate
- From a developing country
- PhD Student writing up
- Masters student writing dissertation
Please read the FAQ page before completing the application form.
How much will I receive? Students typically receive up to £500
Can I apply more than once in the same year? Students can only apply once in each academic year.
How long will it take? Applications can take up to 4 weeks to process.
SOAS Childcare Fund
Any student who has childcare costs can apply to the Childcare Fund. The fund is not means tested, and provides a grant of up to £750 towards childcare costs. To apply please complete the Access to Learning Fund application, providing supporting evidence which indicates your childcare costs and birth certificate(s) of your child/children. You do not need to provide any further supporting documentation unless you wish to apply for further support from the Access to Learning Fund.
The childcare fund is limited and distributed on a first come first served basis, so early application is advised.
I'm an international student can I apply? Yes, any student with childcare costs can apply once per academic year.
How long does it take to process my application? Up to 4 weeks.
What documents do I need to support the application? Receipts from a Ofsted registered childcare provider.
To apply please complete this form
Additional Study Support Fund
If you began your undergraduate programme at SOAS in 2012 or later, and after budgeting are unable to cover all your costs, you can apply for SOAS Additional Study Support Funds. These are awarded based on the following criteria:
- You must be from a group under-represented at SOAS
- You must be undertaking your first undergraduate degree (students who currently hold a degree or who are transferring from another Higher Education degree will not be eligible)
- You must ordinarily be resident in England
- Your household income must be less than £25,000 as assessed by the Student Finance England (SFE)
- You must have applied for all available funding
SOAS has many diverse groups but would particularly like to support:
- Students from low participation neighbourhoods
- Students from lower socio-economic groups
- Students with disabilities
- Students from black and ethnic minority groups
- Students from a school with an above regional average of students on free school meals
- Students from a school where a low percentage of students achieve 5 A-C GCSEs
- Please note that meeting these listed criteria alone will not guarantee this award as these are limited in number
To apply for Additional Study Support Funds please complete the
Applications can take up to 4 weeks to process
Ballantyne Financial Assistance Fund for Law Students
Students registered on a programme in the School of Law who are experiencing financial need may apply to the Ballantyne Financial Assistance Fund for a grant.
The following conditions apply:
- Grants from the fund are to be made only to students registered on a School of Law undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree programme.
- No grant may exceed £600 and no student may receive more than £600 in any one academic year.
Applications can take up to 4 weeks to process. By making this application you will be assessed for the Access to Learning and Additional Study Support Funds so could receive mulitple awards.
To apply please complete the .
The Ballantyne Financial Assistance Fund was set up in 2016 as a result of the generosity over many years of William Ballantyne, a long-standing friend of the SOAS School of Law. William Ballantyne taught Arab Comparative Commercial Law and Arbitration as a Visiting Professor at SOAS and is author of Commercial Law in the Arab Middle East: The Gulf States (Lloyd’s of London Press, 1986); Law and Development in Arabia (Graham & Trotman, 1980); A Register of Laws of the Arabian Gulf (Lloyd’s of London Press, 1985) and Essays and Addresses on Arab Law (2000). He continues to practice as a barrister specialising in Arab Laws.