Financial support for Pre-degree courses

If you study a Pre-degree and Foundation Studies course at UCA, there is a range of funding options available to you.

As a Pre-degree and Foundation Studies student you are not able to apply for a government student loan to cover your living expenses, but you may be able to apply for alternative types of funding, depending on your age and financial situation. If you are 19 or older when you begin your course you may be liable to pay a tuition fee. If you are eligible, the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan will cover the full amount of your fees.

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 to help cover the tuition fees for your pre-degree course. The 'Learning and Funding Information' letter you need to apply for this loan will be emailed to you 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.

Bursaries

There are 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 who meet the eligibility criteria.

Students aged 16-18 who receive, or whose parent/carer or guardian receives, certain benefits, are able to apply for free meals.

  • 16-18 Bursary Fund

    Students aged 16-18 should apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. If you’re over 19 you may also apply if you’re either continuing on a course you began aged 16-18, or you have an Education Health Care Plan.

    The 16-18 Bursary Fund is a limited fund; awards are discretionary and will be means tested to enable us to award money to young people where a clear need for support is evident. 

    Priority will be given to students from lower income families or who are in receipt of certain benefits.

    If you are in care or a care leaver, personally in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, or personally in receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) you will be able to apply to the 16-18 bursary fund and may be eligible for a Special Support Bursary to help with course related costs.  This bursary may be up to £1200 and will be dependant on your financial circumstances and evidence of financial need. Eligibility does not guarantee that a full award will be made.

    Please read the guidance notes for the fund before applying:

    16-18 bursary fund application form

    16-18 bursary fund guidance notes

    16-18 bursary fund policy

  • Adult Learner Support Fund

    Students aged over 19 should apply to the Adult Learner Support Fund unless you’re continuing on a course you began aged 16-18, or you are aged 19-24 and have an Education Health Care Plan. In these cases you should apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund. The Adult Learner Support Fund is a limited fund; awards are discretionary and will be means tested to enable us to award money where a clear need for support is evident.

    Priority will be given to students from a lower income households or who are in receipt of certain benefits.

    Please read the guidance notes for the fund before applying:

    Adult Learner support fund application form

    Adult Learner support fund guidance notes

    Adult Learner support fund policy

    Adult Learner loan bursary policy

  • How to apply

    Please return completed application forms and required evidence to fefunds@uca.ac.uk

    If you would like any further information or advice on applying for the funds, please contact your campus Specialist Adviser:

    Canterbury
    Email: advicecant@uca.ac.uk 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1227 817 307

    Epsom
    Email: adviceeps@uca.ac.uk 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1372 202441

    Farnham
    Email: advicefarn@uca.ac.uk 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892612

    Rochester
    Email: adviceroch@uca.ac.uk 
    Tel: +44 (0) 1634 888644

Help with travel costs

Travel saver schemes

There are a number of travel saver-schemes available for students studying a further education course in 2019/20, depending on where you choose to study.

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

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.