Fees and FINANCE

16-18 education is free, but we appreciate that some people may still face financial barriers. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

To apply for finanical support please click here.

 Here is a quick summary of some of the support on offer:-

16-18 bursary

The 16-18 bursary provides you with support towards costs incurred during your college attendance, and is available for exceptional cases of financial hardship. You can apply for this bursary if your household income is £21,000 or below. Payments and awards are subject to at least a 90 per cent student attendance rate.


Eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for financial help for our H.E. courses. There are 3 main types of help:

1. Tuition fees loans: to pay for the cost of the course.
2. Maintenance loans: to help with living expenses, e.g., books, travel, etc..
3. Maintenance grants: to help with living expenses.

There's also extra help available. For example, if you have children below a certain age, you can apply for the Childcare Grant, or, if you have a learning difficulty or disability, for the Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA).

You don't have to pay back the loans until you have finished your course and you are in employment earning a minimum level of salary, at the moment, £21,000 a year. You don't have to pay back grants.

There are exceptions to this. For example, part time students can only apply for the tuition fees loan and DSA. If you apply for one of our part-time teacher training courses, you will be given more information, including how to apply, when you enrol.

It is also vital that you check that you are eligible to apply for HE student finance.

For more information, including how to apply, click here.

 VYP bursary

Young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, and disabled young people receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment), are eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year (or pro-rata for less than a year). This is subject to satisfactory attendance at college.

Army further education bursary scheme

If you are considering a career in the Army, you may be eligible for a further education bursary while you study at college. Find out more by exploring the Army’s funding support page.

Travel support

If you are 18 or under, and live three or more miles away from your campus of study, you may be eligible to receive support with your travel costs from your local council

Care to Learn scheme

The government Care to Learn scheme supports young parents (aged under 20 at the start of their course) who want to continue their education and who need help with the cost of childcare.

Full-Cost Courses

Our full cost courses do not get any funding from the government. This means the students taking the course have to cover all the costs, and all students pay the same fee. There are no discounts due to personal circumstances.

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