Learning is vital to future success in work and adult life, so you can often get help with learning costs.
Colleges and training organisations currently have funds they can use, at their discretion, to help students who are experiencing hardship and need financial support to help them to start or stay on their course. These funds are limited, so they will want to target them to students who have most need. If you are having financial difficulties, speak to student support services or tutor at your training organisation.
Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for the following.
- 16-19 Bursary (help towards travel, meals, and equipment)
- 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funding including 20+ childcare Bursary (help towards travel, equipment, and crèche)
If you are aged 19 or over when you enrol, you may be eligible to receive funding towards costs.
- Adult Advanced Learning Loans for 19+
Advanced Learning Loans are similar to higher education loans, if you are aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4 (including QCF Certificates and Diplomas, Access to Higher Education, A-Levels and Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships).
You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of the tuition fees for your qualification, which will be paid directly to the college on your behalf. If you go on to study at a higher level you can get another loan. You can have a maximum of four loans.