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Financial Support

We understand that the costs of college may be daunting but we are here to support you.

16-19

If you are concerned about the financial aspects of studying and travelling to college, we have a number of options which may be available to you.

The Discretionary Bursary

If your household income is under £21,000 and you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a monthly discretionary bursary to help with essential course costs, such as:

  • Transport – public transport or the college bus
  • Equipment for your course – books and materials
  • Trips – if these are an essential part of your course
  • DBS check – if required for your course
  • Help with the cost of eating at college.

The Vulnerable Bursary

You may be eligible for a weekly paid amount of money if you are:

  • In care
  • A young care leaver
  • Receiving both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credits and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payments in your own name
  • Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name.

Childcare

If you’re under 20 years old and have to pay for childcare while you attend college, you could get help towards your childcare costs. For more information visit Gov.uk.

Guidance & Application Forms 2018/19

Adult

Adults who are aged 19 or over before 31 August in the year they want to study are expected to fund the cost of their learning at college.

Fees vary depending on the type of course and not all Adult learners have to pay. However, if you do, there are a number of ways to help with the cost of studying.

We may be able to offer financial assistance with course-related costs through our Discretionary Learner Fund or Childcare Support Funds.

The Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If your household income is under £21,000 and you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for monthly discretionary learner support to help with essential course costs, such as:

  • Transport – public transport, or the college bus
  • Equipment for your course – books and materials
  • Trips – if these are an essential part of your course
  • DBS check – if required for your course
  • Childcare costs
  • Help with the cost of eating at college.

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are studying a Level 3 or 4 qualification you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Find out more.

Application Form 2018/19

Higher Education

There are a number of financial support options which can help to pay for a Higher Education qualification.

They are:

  • Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your course (full and part-time students)
  • Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (full-time students only)
  • Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you qualify for Income Support or Housing Benefit (full-time students only)
  • Extra help may also be available if you are on a low income, have children or dependent adults, or are disabled.

You need to pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans once your income is £25,000 or over, but not other student finance, for example, grants and bursaries. You still have to repay your student loan if you leave your course early.

Find out more.

For more information get in touch with one of our Student Advisors

Telephone number 01268 882 666

Email address yourfuture@uspcollege.ac.uk