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Support for Further Education Students

Student Bursary Fund

The Student Bursary Fund is available for students who would find it difficult to meet the cost of their course. The fund is made up of four parts:

A Vulnerable Student Bursary of £1,200 for students in care or a care leaver; in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit; or in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment.

A Discretionary Bursary for 16-18 year olds facing genuine financial barriers to staying in education. Household income will be assessed, but generally if the combined family income is under £27,000 and/or your family is claiming various means-tested benefits, you are likely to be eligible for financial support.

A Discretionary Bursary for students aged 19 and over facing genuine financial barriers to staying in education. Household income will be assessed, but generally if the combined family income is under £27,000 and/or your family is claiming various means-tested benefits, you are likely to be eligible for financial support.

An Advanced Learner Loans Bursary for students aged 19 or over who are in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan. Funding is available to help with additional costs, and eligibility criteria include a personal income of under £27,000.

You may be entitled to a Bursary payment to help with costs such as travel to college, trips and equipment, a food allowance and childcare. To qualify you must be resident in the UK and meet the eligibility criteria which will include evidence of your financial circumstances. You will need to complete an application form and attend an interview with a member of the Student Services team.

Please be aware that the Bursary payments may not cover all costs and that funding is limited.

For more information about the Bursary Fund, please contact Student Support on 01293 442 372 and 01293 453 436 or visit www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund for more information.

Care to Learn

If you're under 20 years old at the start of your course, Care to Learn can help towards childcare and related travel expenses. For more information contact Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students aged 19 or over studying on an eligible Level 3 or 4 course. These operate like HE loans and you can apply via Student Finance England. You will only have to start to pay back the loan once you are earning more than £21,000 per year. For more information go to our Advanced Learner Loan section, call Student Services on 01293 442 249 or visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Lifelong Learning Account

All your career tools in one place. A Lifelong Learning Account gives you greater flexibility and choice in developing your skills and working life. You will have access to a range of tools in a safe and secure place which you can return to again and again as you develop your career.
By opening your free account you can:

  • Update and store your CV, skills action plans, and course details to help you as you progress through your learning and working life.
  • Store all your qualification details in your Personal Learning Record and track what financial contributions have been made towards your learning.
  • Personalise and manage the information you have gathered to help you make the right choices and allow you to share this with employers, learning providers and advisers so you can take the next step.

Your account stays with you throughout your working life. For more information visit the National Careers Service website.

Professional & Career Development Loans

These are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years’ learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work).

The Skills Funding Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. The Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, therefore it should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated. The loan repayments are linked to your income like a student loan.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans or call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is 1475.