The FE Bursary Fund 2018/19 (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 & 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 aged 20 or over 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 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2018 and fall in one of the following categories:

  • care leaver,
  • young person in care,
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

The application process for 2018/19 is online, it is anticipated that applications will go live late August 2018. Please contact the Student Financial Support team on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email us to request further information.

If you are 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2018 with a gross family income below £16,190 and are in receipt of (or have parents in receipt of) certain means tested benefits, 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 Co-ordinator who will contact you directly to arrange this.

The closing date for the FE Bursary Fund 2018/19 is Friday 28th September 2018.

16-18 Residential Bursary Fund

If you are aged 16 or over but under 19 on 31 August 2018 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. The fund is limited so awards are based on household income and can only offer a contribution towards the cost of accommodation.

To find out more about the application process, please contact the Student Financial Support Team on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or e-mail us.

The application process for 2018/19 is online, it is anticipated that applications will go live mid-August 2018. Please contact the Student Financial Support team on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email us to request further information.

The closing date for the 16-18 Residential Bursary Fund for 2018/19 is Friday 31st August 2018.

The 19+ Residential Access Fund

If you are aged 19 or over on 31 August 2018, 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. The University has a limited sum of money from the Education & Skills Funding Agency to allocate for this purpose and awards will be paid to those in greatest financial need.

The application process for 2018/19 is online, it is anticipated that applications will go live mid-August 2018. Please contact the Student Financial Support team on +44 (0)115 848 2494 or email us to request further information.

The closing date for the 19+ Residential Access Fund for 2018/19 is Friday 31st August 2018.

Advanced Learner Loans

If you're 19 or over on the day you start your course 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. 

To apply, and for details regarding eligibility, please visit GOV.UK.

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.

For further information about Professional and Career Development Loans please visit GOV.UK.

Please note, the Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is ending and will not be available after the 2018/19 academic year . To be considered for a loan for 2018/19 you must apply by 25 January 2019.

Further information and support

If you would like to discuss further education funding and eligibility, please contact the NTU Student Financial Support Team via:

  • Email
  • Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2494

For further information about the financial help available to FE students please visit GOV.UK.