Financial support - higher education

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 and to 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 option 6, Careers Guidance or email [email protected]


Higher Education Access and Participation Fund

This fund is to support first year higher education students and offers additional non-repayable support, subject to eligibility, which is dependent on postcode.  

Payments levels will be £300 for full time learners and £200 for part time.  Payment will be made in 2 instalments, one in mid-December, based on a minimum of 2 attendance marks before 11th November.  The second in mid-February, subject to at least 2 attendance marks from December and January.  No payments will be made for learners who do not have their student finance in place, or who have not paid for their course.

This fund is for the first year of your course only.

Check if you're eligible


Download the application form

For more information on any of the above, call the College on 0345 120 0044 option 6, Careers Guidance or email [email protected]

NEW : Care Leavers Scholarship

In 2022/23, East Riding College will provide one scholarship to a Care Leaver for the duration of their higher education course at East Riding College[i], up to a maximum of three years’ worth of study. It will include:

  • Tuition fees – these will be covered by East Riding Collegei for the duration of the higher education course at ERC up to a maximum of three years for a Foundation Degree[ii] or HNC/HND.
  • College credits worth £875 will be provided each year to go towards meals on campus
  • An allowance of £2,000 per year will be provided, payable in instalments as weekly BACS payments
  • If you have any queries about the scholarship or need information about the application process, please email [email protected]
  • This scholarship is available following an application, assessment and selection process. The closing date for applications is 9th May 2022 although we encourage you to make your application as early as possible.
  • All Care Leavers applying for this Scholarship are strongly advised to apply to Student Finance England as well, to ensure that appropriate financial support is in place for the start of the programme, if you are unsuccessful in being awarded the Scholarship

If you think you might be eligible, apply now to be considered for one of these life-changing scholarships.

[i] East Riding College is part of the TEC Partnership

[ii] Including Top-Up Degree where relevant

Download the application form