The College has a number of different funds to help with expenses such as: kit, uniform, equipment or help with childcare.
Brief details of the main schemes are listed below:
Advanced Learner Loan
Don't let money stand in the way of your career ambitions!
If you are aged 24 or over or are 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the costs for a range of Level 3 and 4 courses.
Advanced learner loans have been introduced by the UK Government for those wanting to return to study. They are easy to apply for, your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit checks. Better yet, you don't have to repay them until you are in employment and earning over £21,000 a year!
The loan is paid directly to the College covering the cost of your tuition fees so you don't have to pay anything up front to study. You don't have to borrow the full amount available- you can pay for some of the course yourself if you prefer. The minimum amount available is £300.
If you complete an Access to Higher Education course then go on to study a higher education programme, your repayments will be written off and you won't have to pay anything back!
If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan for one course, then go on to study another eligible course afterwards, you can take out an additional Advanced Learner Loan to help with those fees too. You can take out a maximum of four loans in total.
How to apply...
Chat to our Student Services team who will talk you through the process. They are available to help and support you through your enrolment. Email the team today or call 01642 333606 for further information. Or you can fill out an application form here
Learner Support Funds
You may be able to get help with equipment costs and travelling expenses from funds that are allocated to the College.
There are also different ways in which the College can help with childcare costs depending on your personal circumstances. We are able to calculate your eligibility to get help with childcare costs based on your lesson hours and course attendance.
Professional and Career Development Loans
This is a loan from the bank where an agreement is made to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000.
This can be used for course fees, expenses such as books, travel and childcare and living expenses such as rent, food and clothing.
Contact our helpful Student Services team on 01642 333606 / 333607 for further information.