Financial support for Pre-degree courses

You may be able to apply for financial support through Student Finance England to help with any tuition fees, living or accommodation costs you may have.

This information only applies to UK and EU students. If you’re an international student, you’ll need our international fees and finance pages.

Government support

19+ Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re aged 19 or older, you can apply for a government loan from May 2016 to help cover the tuition fees for your pre-degree course. The Learning and Funding Information Letter you require to apply for this loan will be sent to you via email once you have received an offer.

Care to Learn

If you’re under 20 years old and a parent, you can get help with the cost of childcare while you’re studying.

UCA support

UCA has bursaries available to help students from lower income families with course costs and travel expenses. A small number of residential bursaries are also available for students aged 16-18.

Students aged 16-18 who are themselves, or have a parent/carer or guardian who are in receipt of certain benefits, are able to apply for free meals. 

Further information is in the information packs below and applications should be made on the relevant bursary application form also below.

The bursaries available for 2016/17 entry are:

16-18 Guaranteed Bursary Fund

Students who are in care or care leavers, personally in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, or in receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) should apply to the 16-18 Guaranteed Bursary Fund. More detailed information is available in the full policy document.

16-18 Discretionary Bursary Fund

All other students aged 16-18 can apply to the 16-18 Discretionary Bursary Fund. More detailed information is available in the full policy document.

Adult Learner Support Funds

Students aged over 19 can apply to the Adult Learner Support Funds for help with course, travel and childcare costs. More detailed information is available in the full policy documents: Adult Learner Support Fund policy and Adult Learner Loan Bursary policy.

Help with travel costs

Travel saver schemes

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available to you during your further education studies, depending on where you choose to study.

For more information on travel options, check out your local authority website.

If you have applied for a Kent 16+ Travel Card and need to make a payment please e-mail (Rochester students) or (Canterbury students).

Advice and guidance

If you’re in any way confused about what you can apply for, please get in touch with one of our friendly specialist advisers. They can also direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems.

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