How to apply for financial support at College

on July 21, 2021

The College has financial support available to help students with the costs of coming to College. If your household income is less than £35,500 you could be eligible to access financial support.

The following guidelines are to help you complete the Learner Support Fund application.

How to apply?

You can complete your Learner Support Fund Application online here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01582 569 569 or email

Please note you will need your student ID number to complete the application, if you are unsure what this is please get in touch using the contacts above. You will also be required to provide evidence of household income (pay slips, benefit evidence etc.) – once you’ve submitted your application you will be sent instructions on how to provide your evidence. More information about evidence can be found by clicking here.

Who can apply?

Students aged 16 to 18 who are enrolled on a full-time course. If you are 19+ please discuss your eligibility with a Student Advisor by using the contact details above. If you are a looked after child or care leaver then please contact Student Support for support making your application.

What can you apply for?

If you or your parents/carers receive income related benefits or have a gross household income of £35,500 or less you may be eligible for help towards the following:

  • Enrolment fees
  • Travel costs
  • Kit and Equipment
  • Childcare (Please contact a student support advisor for information)
  • Free meals

Students 16-18 years old: you will only need to complete the application form if you are applying for additional course costs, travel, trips, or kit and equipment, as you will not have to pay any tuition fees at enrolment.

How much will I get?

You may be eligible for up to 100% of your enrolment fees and travel costs and 90% of other course costs, depending on your income or if you are on a qualifying benefit.

If you are aged 16-25 we will consider your annual household income. If you are aged 25+ we will consider your household income independent from any parent/carers and will only include your personal income.

If you are required to purchase kit or equipment prior to the start of your course, you will need to provide proof of purchase/receipts. If you are requesting support with travel costs please note you will also need to apply for any relevant discount cards.

When will I find out if I have been awarded funding?

The College aims to process all applications within 10 working days of receiving a completed application form and supporting evidence.

The College expects good attendance throughout the year and your award will be affected if your attendance drops at any time; travel awards will be reduced for every full day absence.

Further information

Please take a look at our Learner Support Fund policy here for further information, if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re awaiting an outcome from your application then please wait ten working days before contacting us, our team will contact you directly if they require any further information.

Aaron CaisleyHow to apply for financial support at College