Financial support

Full-time further education courses

Financial support for 16 to 18-year-olds in 2016/2017, subject to eligibility

  • Free travel for those living more than two miles from their place of study
  • Help with equipment costs where high cost specialist equipment is required
  • Bursary of up to £1,200
  • A free meal every day
  • Support towards the cost of childcare from the national Care to Learn Scheme (for learners under 20 years old when their course starts)

Download an application form or read the guidance about financial support for 16 to 18-year-olds.

Financial support for people aged 19 and over

The following are available, subject to eligibility, to full-time learners but applications from part-time learners will be considered.

  • Support with travel costs for those living more than two miles from their place of study
  • Additional support towards essential course equipment and uniforms
  • Support towards College-related costs
  • Childcare to a maximum of £180 per week

Download an application form or read the guidance about financial support for people aged 19+.

Download an application form or read the guidance about financial support for people aged 19+ with an Advanced Learner Loan.

Tuition Fee Waivers

If you receive Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance (Work related Activity Group) or Universal Credit (Mandated) you are likely to be entitled to tuition fee remission – ask at enrolment for further information or contact a member of the guidance team.

If you receive any state benefit other than the above you may be entitled to tuition fee remission if the course you are enrolling on is intended to help you obtain employment – ask at enrolment for more information or contact a member of the guidance team.

Adults learners aged 19 to 23 (on the course start date), who do not hold a full level two qualification (eg five GCSEs A to C, NVQ level two, BTEC first diploma) will not be charged tuition fees if they are studying either a full level two qualification or, if they require an additional step to get to level two, at entry level or level one.

Students aged 19 to 23 (on the course start date) are also eligible to claim 100 per cent tuition fee remission if studying for their first full level three qualification.

For some courses, other fees must be paid e.g. examination fees or material costs.

Advanced Learner Loans for courses at level three and above

Tuition fee loans are available to anybody aged 19 and over studying further education courses at level 3 or above. Read on the advanced learner loans page or download the leaflet.


Higher education courses

Tuition fee and living cost loans 

If you are an EU or UK student studying a higher education course you will not have to pay your tuition fees upfront because loans are available from the government. Support towards your living costs is available through loans for students on full-time higher education courses.

Read more on our student loans and course fees pages or download the financial support leaflets for full-time study and part time study.

Find out more about what student finance is available to you here:

Disabled Students Allowance

Students who incur extra costs as a result of undertaking a higher education course and as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty may be eligible to apply for support in the form of Disabled Students' Allowance. This allowance can support things like additional travel costs, academic assistance, and specialist equipment.

Higher Education Hardship Fund

This fund offers additional non-repayable support, subject to eligibility, to support students facing financial hardship, including:

  • Students with children
  • Students with adult dependants
  • Full and part-time higher education students

For more information on any of the above, call the College on 0345 120 0044 or email