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Student Bursary scheme


We can help with advice on the cost of coming to college including course fees, travel costs, any equipment you may need to buy, uniform and childcare if you need it.

We want to make sure finance isn’t a barrier to your college studies. The College has access to government funding that could help you depending on your circumstances.

To qualify for help with the cost of coming to college, you will need to provide evidence of your circumstances and your eligibility for help will depend on your age, your household income and your immigration status. Exceptional circumstances may also apply.

You may qualify for help if your household income is below £26,000 per year. If there are three or more dependent children aged under 18 in full-time education in the household, you may qualify for assistance even if your household income is up to £30,000.

Student Bursary Fund applications for 2018/2019

Application forms for the Bursary scheme for students starting in September will be available on this page from 6th August. There will also be instructions on how to book an appointment with an adviser. These appointments will start at the end of August.

Please do not purchase anything for your course as we will not be able to reimburse you.


Childcare support


If you are aged over 20 at the start of your college course and applying to the Student Bursary scheme for help with the cost of childcare so you can come to college, you will need to register with one of our approved childcare providers, a list of which is available HERE and will be regularly updated.

If you are aged under 20, you may be eligible for help under the government’s Care to Learn scheme which pays for childcare with an Ofsted-registered provider while you are at college up to a maximum of £160 per week. Visit www.GOV.uk to apply.

If you are a lone parent in receipt of income support and considering returning to college either full-time or part-time, you are advised to contact Jobcentre Plus (JCP) for help with financial support. If there is no support available through JCP, you may be eligible for support through the College’s student bursary scheme.

Other financial support

Sir Thomas White Educational Grant

This is a fund designed to help those anticipating financial difficulty with the costs of coming to college that cannot be covered by the student bursary scheme. You may be eligible if you are aged between 16 and 25, and have been living in the Northampton area since September 2013. To be considered for help from this grant, please download and complete the 2018/2019 Student Bursary Application Form (when available) and include a letter detailing the support that you are requesting.

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are under 19 when you start your full-time study programme, you won't pay any tuition, examination or registration costs (except late fees, re-sit entries, unsupported entries and unauthorised exam absences). If you are aged 19-23 and starting a full-time study programme, you may pay a yearly tuition fee and the examination, registration and assessment costs.

If you are aged over 24 and would like to study a course or Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3, you may wish to apply for a loan to cover the cost of your course fees. You can apply here for an Advanced Learner Loan. Once your loan has been approved, you may be eligible for assistance with the other costs of coming to college through the student bursary scheme.

Similarly, students aged 19+ will be able to apply for a loan to pay for their Level 3 qualification if they already have a full Level 3 qualification and are studying a subsequent one.


Student loans for higher education

If you are planning to start a full-time or part-time higher education course at a university or college, you will be able to apply for a student loan from the beginning of the calendar year in which your course starts. For more information go to www.slc.co.uk/.

If you are returning to a higher education course at a university or college, you will need to re-apply for student finance each year via www.slc.co.uk/.


Additional help and support

If you are studying whilst in receipt of benefits or other forms of financial assistance, or need support with personal issues including homelessness, please contact our Student Services team on 01604 734066.

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