Finance

We understand that students often have questions about what college is going to cost. Don’t worry!

There are no enrolment fees and attending college is completely free for students aged 16 – 18 (you must be under 19 on the 31st August immediately before you start your courses). We also provide all course materials and exam entries are free as part of the course.

We try to keep the costs of attending college as low as possible for all students to make sure you won’t have any money worries during your time here. We heavily subsidise lots of different products and services, such as food, stationery, clothing (e.g. college hoodies) and buses .

We also pay any costs arising (such as entry and transport fees) for students who excel in competitions, such as the British College Sports events.

There are a number of different payments available to help you meet the cost of college, depending on your individual circumstances:

GROUP BURSARY

For students who need financial help in order continue with their studies, a Vulnerable Group Bursary must be offered by all colleges. The bursary currently has a value of £1200 and is awarded to eligible students who claim income support, are in-care or have left care. Please read the application form for full details. The bursary is paid weekly directly into a student’s bank account.

HAVE YOU HAD FREE SCHOOL MEALS?

If so, and your household income has not changed, you are likely to be eligible for the Discretionary Bursary. Make sure you complete an application form. Student Services can help.

DISCRETIONARY BURSARY

Eligibility is dependent upon household income. An application form must be completed. Help is provided via meal cards and bus passes. If required, you can also get help with trips and UCAS (your fee is paid and you can get help with travel to interviews and open days).

HARDSHIP FUND

If you are going through exceptional financial difficulties you can apply for assistance from the Hardship Fund through Student Services. You will be assessed on an individual basis to see if you are eligible.