The college operates a financial support scheme which can help students whose financial circumstances make it difficult for them to meet the costs associated with study. If eligible, you could receive help with costs such as course fees, materials, kit and equipment, transport, childcare and accommodation. Free meals on the days you are at college are also available for eligible students. All awards are based on your financial needs and consider the amount of funds available.
If your household income is below £30,000 per annual year, you are likely to be eligible for financial support.
Applications for financial support
Prospective students (starting from Sept 21)
Applications for financial support are made online.
You can complete an application for financial support on our online financial support portal. On the portal, you'll also be able to make changes to your application, upload evidence (either a picture or scanned copy) and see all payments and documents which have been sent to you about your application. To ensure that your application is assessed and completed before the start of term, it's really important that you complete your application with all the required evidence / information as soon as possible, preferably before the end of July.
What could I be eligible for?
Funding varies depending on your age, the course you are studying and household income. Please click the relevant section below for more information.
I will be aged 16-18 when I start my course
If you are under 19 when you start (or started, if your course is 2 years or more) your course and your household income is below £30,000 per annual year, you are likely to be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund which will provide a contribution towards:
- transport – whether you’d prefer a contribution towards petrol or a bus/train pass
- uniform, kit and equipment considered essential for you to complete your course
- compulsory trips
- print credit
Free Meals Fund
You are likely to be eligible for a free meal during the days you attend college if you/your family receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-related Jobseekers’ Allowance or Employment Support Allowance
- Universal Credit (where net earnings do not exceed £7,400 per annual year)
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provide you/they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income below £16,190)
A free meal will be added to your ID card each day (up to the value of £3.50) and you can use it at our food outlets - just like a contactless card payment!
Vulnerable Student Bursary
- in care or a care leaver?
- in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit (in your own name)?
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) AND Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in your own name?
If you can answer yes to any of the above, not only are you likely to be eligible for the above 16-19 Bursary Fund, you may also be entitled to our Vulnerable Student Bursary of up to £1,200 per year! Payments will be spread throughout the year and will subject to your behaviour and attendance.
The government’s Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs (up to £160 per child per week) while you study. For more information, please click here.
I will be aged over 19 when I start my course
If you are aged 19 or over when you start your course and your household income is below £30,000 per annual year (your parent’s income is not considered, we need to know about yours and your co-habiting partner’s (if applicable) income), you are likely to be eligible for either our Discretionary Learner Support Fund or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary.
If eligible, you could receive a contribution towards:
- courses fees, if applicable. You can find more information about course fees here.
- transport – a contribution is allocated based on mileage and is paid at the end of each month (based on your attendance)
- uniform, kit and equipment
- compulsory trips
- accommodation – if you are studying Access to Medicine, live over 2.5 hours away and relocate to the area
- childcare costs for the hours you are in college (for those aged 20 or above. If you are 19, please refer to the Care to Learn scheme).
Please note that learners who pay the full course fee for a level 3 or level 4 course are not eligible for either bursary.
Students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
If you are aged 19-24 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you are also eligible for a free meal during the days you attend college. A free meal will be added to your ID card each day (up to the value of £3.50) and you can use it at our food outlets - just like a contactless card payment!