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Financial help


Learner Support Fund

The college operates a Learner Support Fund 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 take into account the amount of funds available. Funding varies depending on your age, the course you are studying and household income.

Applications for 2018/19

Our financial support application forms can now be downloaded here:

For students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018

For students aged 19 and older on 31st August 2018


If you would like one sent to you in the post, please complete the below form. Please note: due to the amount of applications received, it may take up to 20 days for us to process your application. If we require more information, we will contact you to discuss further. If you have any concerns, please call us on 01553 815 271.

Army Bursary

The Army FE bursary scheme is designed to help you complete your further education so that you will be able to join the Army in a guaranteed job, with college qualifications under your belt. The bursary is available to anyone aged 16-32 who is going into further education and wishes to join the Army. The scheme offers up to £5000 in return for a commitment to spend a minimum of four years in the Army. For more information on the scheme, please visit Army Bursary

Financial support for non-UK Residents

You must satisfy the Government’s ‘home student’ residency rules to be eligible for any of the above financial help. If you are unsure of your status in this regard, you can get more information from: For more information on the scheme, please visit UKCISA. Please note that no financial help is available to students who do not qualify for Home Student status.

Professional and Career Development Loans for those aged 18+

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 and loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you are studying.

For further information, please visit the website.