As a dedicated 16-19 College our courses are free at the point of delivery and all essential costs such as textbooks and course printing are covered by the College.
However, we recognise that there may be wider costs associated with attending College, which is why we are committed to ensuring that we remove any financial barriers to accessing our enriching and enlightening experience. Access to this financial support is dependent upon household income. We participate in two national support schemes:
If students don’t qualify for either of these, they can access our own dedicated Hardship Fund. This fund is for those who experience exceptional financial hardship during their time studying at the College. Applications for support from the Hardship Fund are considered on an individual basis.
Please note that applications to these schemes can be taken prior to enrolment, but we are unable to confirm applications or issue funds until a student is successfully enrolled.
Student Bursary Applications – priority 1
If a student supports themselves financially, are in care or are a care leaver, then they can apply for significant financial support as a ‘priority 1’ application for vulnerable students;
Vulnerable Student Support means students who are defined as:
Student Bursary Applications – priority 2 and 3
If students fall into one of the following categories, they may be eligible for financial support;
Priority 2: Students who received free school meals during Year 11 at school (Year 11 leavers only) or whose total annual household income (including tax credits and benefits) is below the free school meals threshold of £16,190
Priority 3: Students who are not already classified as Priority 1 or 2 who have a financial difficulty and a short-term, specific educational or independent living cost, which they cannot meet, for example; cost of transport. This applies to students whose household income is between £16,190 and £25,000.
The bursary group will be determined by the HNC Student Finance Team. Students will be notified via email of their bursary group.
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Available for students in extreme financial hardship. Students should apply for the Bursary Fund first.
Students may be eligible for support for childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme.
Students are entitled to help if:
Further information on Care to Learn is available from:
Tel: 0800 121 8989
Web site: www.dfes.gov.uk/caretolearn