The FE Bursary Fund 2017/18 (including the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund)

You may be eligible for assistance from the FE Bursary Fund to help with specific costs associated with attending your course, such as course and travel costs. The University has a limited sum of money from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to allocate for this purpose, applications will be means tested and awards will be paid to those in greatest financial need.

The fund can also assist eligible students over the age of 20 in meeting certain registered childcare costs. (If you are aged between 16-19 at the start of your course and have childcare costs, you may be eligible for assistance through the Care to Learn Scheme, please see further details below).

Please note, you will be guaranteed a bursary if you are aged between age 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017 and fall in one of the following categories:

  • care leaver,
  • young person in care,
  • young person in receipt of income support or Universal Credit, in place of Income Support, in their own right,
  • disabled young person in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit AND Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

The application process for 2017/18 is online and will be available from Monday 4th September 2017.

Please contact  the Student Financial Support team on 0115 848 2494 or email us to request an application form link or visit Brackenhurst Student Services Centre, Bramley building, Brackenhurst Campus.

If you are aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31st August 2017 with a gross family income below £16,190 you may also be entitled to a free meal (to the value of £2.41) for each day of required attendance. If you meet this criteria we will notify the FE Coordinator who will contact you directly to arrange this.

The closing date for the FE Bursary Fund 2017/18 is Friday 29th September 2017.

For further information download our FE Bursary Fund Information Sheet.PDF icon

16-18 Residential Bursary Fund

If you are aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31st August 2017 and need to study away from home because the course you want isn't available locally, and / or because your course needs you to be available at unsociable hours on a regular basis, you may be able to get financial help with the cost of term-time accommodation. Awards are based on household income, the University has a limited sum of money from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to allocate for this purpose and awards will be paid to those in greatest financial need.

The application process for 2017/18 is online and will open on 21st August 2017. Please contact the Student Financial Support Team on 0115 848 2494 or email us to request an application form link or visit Brackenhurst Student Services Centre, Bramley building, Brackenhurst Campus.

The closing date for the 16-18 Residential Bursary Fund for 2017/18 is Friday 1st September 2017.

For further information download our FE 16-18 Residential Bursary Information Sheet. PDF icon

The 19+ Residential Access Fund

If you are aged 19 or over at 31st August 2017, you may be eligible for assistance towards the cost of your accommodation if you have been obliged to move from your usual home in order to follow your course of study because it is not available locally.

You can apply if you are living in residential accommodation on the Brackenhurst Campus or if you are living in lodgings/rented accommodation in the surrounding area. Awards are based on household income, the University has a limited sum of money from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to allocate for this purpose and awards will be paid to those in greatest financial need.

The application process for 2017/18 is online and will open on 21st August 2017. Please contact the Student Financial Support team on 0115 848 2494 or email us to request an application form link or visit Brackenhurst Student Services Centre, Bramley building, Brackenhurst Campus.

The closing date for the 19+ Residential Access Fund for 2017/18 is Friday 1st September 2017.

For further information download our FE 19+ Residential Access Fund Information Sheet. PDF icon

Advanced Learner Loans

If you're 19 or over at 31st August 2017 (only for courses starting on or after 1st August 2016), you can apply for a loan to help with the cost of tuition fees for a college or training course.

The course must be at Level 3, 4, 5, or 6 qualification e.g. A Levels or graduate certificate at an approved college or training provider in England. Repayments don't start until the April following the completion of your course and you won't have to pay anything back until you're earning over £21,000 a year.

Please visit Gov.uk to apply and for details regarding eligibility.

Please note, if your course started before 1st August 2016, you must be 24 or older on the first day of your course to be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan and the course must be level 3 or 4.

Students who are aged between 19-23 at 31st August 2017 who do not already hold a level 3 qualification are not eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company. However, they can still apply to the FE Bursary Fund and FE 19+ Residential Access Fund.

Care to Learn (help with childcare costs)

If you start a further education course before your twentieth birthday, you may be able to get assistance of up to £160 per child per week towards registered childcare. Please visit Gov.uk to apply and for details regarding eligibility. 

To get further advice you can email the Care to Learn team or telephone 0800 121 8989.

Professional and Career Development Loans

If you are aged 18 or over, you can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan. You can make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Once you've completed your studies, you pay it back in the normal way. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you're studying – and for one month afterwards.

Please visit Gov.uk or email us for further information about the financial help available to FE students.

Further information

Please visit the Gov.uk website or email us for further information about the financial help available to FE students.