We understand that finance is high on the priority list for many students when considering studying at college, so to help reduce any financial barriers, Barnfield College offers a range of assistance and advice.

Most financial support is prioritised for students with a low family income or receiving benefits, although we also offer some assistance for students aged under 18 based on specific individual and personal circumstances

Payment of Course Fees

Courses for 16 to 18 year olds are usually free. For those over 18 there, will be a fee, however in many cases, this will be waived. Financial support can also cover the cost of fees if eligible.

Information on current fee tariffs and help on paying fees for students on low incomes is available from Student Services, based at both campuses.

For those who will pay a fee and wish to spread the cost, the College offers a flexible payment scheme through Flex-ed. Applications are via FlexEd PDF

Bursaries and Individual Support

Barnfield Maintenance Award for students aged 16-18

  • A weekly award of £20
  • Course related kits, equipment and specialist clothing
  • Other essential course related expenses such as trips and residentials.
  • Support to attend interviews and Higher Education open days
  • Free college meals

Vulnerable Young Person’s Bursary for 16-18 learners in or left care, on universal credit or receiving Personal Independence Payments.

  • A weekly award of £30 per week
  • Course related kits, equipment and specialist clothing
  • Other essential course related expenses such as trips and residentials.
  • Support to attend interviews and Higher Education open days
  • Free college meals

Students aged 19 and over

  • Course fees, registration fees and exam fees.
  • Course related kits, equipment and specialist clothing
  • Childcare costs
  • Other essential course related expenses such as trips and residentials.
  • Support to attend interviews and Higher Education open days
  • Transport to College costs including petrol for those that drive.

Advanced Learner Loan Students (Level 3, 4 and 5)

  • Course related kits, equipment and specialist clothing
  • Childcare costs
  • Other essential course related expenses such as trips and residentials.
  • Support to attend interviews and Higher Education open days
  • Transport to College costs including petrol for those that drive.
  • Study support and equipment for those with declared additional needs

Higher Education Students (HNC/HND/Foundation Degree)

  • Finance for fees loans and maintenance loans are available through the Student Loans Company. www.slc.co.uk
  • A College welfare support fund may be accessible to learners with specific financial need. Each application will be individually assessed and subject to availability.

Childcare

Care to Learn for students under the age of 20.

  • Application forms are available from Student Services and online at www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn or calling the Learner Support helpline on 0800 121 8989

College childcare support for students aged 20 and over.

  • Free use of the Barnfield Nursery during study hours
  • Support towards cost of external childcare provisions

Higher Education students

We can provide financial advice if you are intending to go to university or other higher level study. If you are currently studying with us on one of our higher education courses and need any advice or support with your finances, feel free to drop in at any time to Student Services.

Further Information and How to Apply

Students can contact Student Services and ask for an application either in person on either campus, via the main switchboard, on: 01582 569569 or via general enquiries.