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Financial Support

Financial Support

There is a wide range of help available to students to meet the costs of tuition, travel, and childcare.


Use the links at the foot of the page to identify the financial support appropriate to you. 


Financial Help for students aged 19+

Discretionary Learner Support Funds

If you are struggling with your course because of financial difficulties, you may be able to get help with some of the costs of essentials (e.g. childcare, travel support, food support) for your course, through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund or Loans Bursary Fund. This funding is only available to students taking Adult courses, not Community courses.

There is a limited supply of funding available so early application is advised. These are means tested funds and you will be expected to show some proof of income such as a recent Tax Credit Notice, two recent payslips, a copy of a letter from the benefits agency or bank statements.


The application form to apply for Financial Support for 2022-23 for Students aged 19+ is now available here:

The form above is for Adult students ONLY.


Students aged 16-18 should NOT apply for support on this application form. Please click here for more information and the application form.


Contact the Student Finance Team on via for more information or advice.


Financial Help for Students Aged 20+ who have children

Are you a student aged 20 or over (on 31st August of the year the course starts) and have children? Will you need Childcare Support in order to take your course? Are you in severe hardship? There are funds available to help you.


In order to quality for 20+ Childcare Support Funds, you must have an income level of £25,000 or less (£30,000 or less combined income if you have a partner). And you will need to prove that you qualify by supplying evidence which shows the family income e.g. recent Universal Credit Statement in full; two recent payslips; copy of letter from benefits agency; bank statements.


The Childcare Support Fund will pay 80% of term-time costs of your childcare, and you will be responsible for the other 20% of the costs. Please note that the maximum contribution per child per day is capped at £50.


The child care provider chosen must be Ofsted registered and cannot be a relative. The Fund pays costs related to your study days at College, both onsite and online, and also on placement, but does not pay for childcare costs during holiday periods.


The fund is limited and runs on a first come first served basis, so early application is advised.


Students should use the application form link in Discretionary Learner Support Funds (above) to apply. The College will contact your Childcare Provider directly to confirm the childcare support required and the costs involved.


For further advice, please contact the Student Finance Team via



Childcare Support for students aged 16-19 - Care to Learn


If you are aged 16 to 19 years old on 31st August, you may be eligible for Childcare Support with 100% of your childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme. For more information and to apply, you will need to visit the website here: Care to Learn - GOV.UK ( 





To learn more about the support we have available for young people, please click here.