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Starting College Student Finance help - Starting College

Are you starting College with us in September? Are you worried about student finance and not sure where to look? We’ve got you covered!

Student finance can be a scary process, especially if this is the first time you’ve had to deal with it. But we’ve put together some useful information and contact below which should help make it an easier and less stressful process.

Financial support is available for eligible students in both the 16-18 and 19+ categories.

To check your eligibility for the 2022/2023 academic year, click here.

There are a few other options available to you depending on eligibility, but you could apply for the following bursary’s/funds.

Financial support for 16–18-year-olds:

  • Discretionary Bursary – is for students aged 16-18 with a household income lower than £28,000. The bursary can help with travel, essential kit, uniform, UK trips and books for your programme. Find out more information here
  • Vulnerable Bursary – is to help students within the groups listed below:
    • Young people in care
    • Care leavers (those who are engaged with the Local Authority ‘Leaving Care’ team) 
    • Young people in receipt of Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right, with their own tenancy agreement
    • Young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) who have their own tenancy agreement
    • Find out more about this bursary here.

Financial support for 19+:

  • Discretionary Learner Support Fund – this is for students aged 19+ with a household income below £28,000. Find out more information here
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary – is for students who are 19+ and who have been approved for the 19+ Advanced Leaner Loan and have a household income below £28,000. Find out more information here

Financial support for both 16-18 and 19+:

  • Free College Meals – is for students with a household income below £16,190 and students aged 19-24 who have an EHCP or LDA and meet the criteria. Find out more information here
  • Bursary travel – is available to students whose household income is below £28,000 per year, and who live more than 1.5miles from the campus where they study. Find out more information here
  • If you’re not eligible for help with travel costs then you can find out more information about Arriva’s Direct Debit Scheme here - or Arriva’s Student Saver Tickers here.

If you still need some help then you can contact a student financial support adviser by calling 01634 383300 or by emailing

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