I’m an adult – can I access help with the cost of my course?
An Advanced Learner Loan is available from the Government to pay for Level 3 courses for those aged 24+, those aged 19-23 who are studying their second full Level 3 qualification, or in some cases where Level 3 courses are not funded for those aged 19+. The loan is repayable over a 40 year period from the April after you finish your course, if you are earning over a certain amount (currently £25,000 for loans taken for 2023/24).
For more information, you can visit the Gov.uk website.
Some Level 3 courses may be funded for students under the Adult Skills Guarantee if it’s your first Level 3 qualification. Please contact the Enrolment Centre on 0300 123 2344 or via the Live Chat on the website.
I’ve applied for a University Level course – is there any financial support available?
A loan from Student Finance England may be available to you to pay for University Level (HNC/HND) course fees. Maintenance Allowances are also available to help with living expenses. Please visit www.gov.uk to apply, or view the below links for useful information:
- The Student Room
- Student Finance England
- Student Finance England - Facebook
- Student Finance England - Twitter
- Student Finance England - YouTube
How do I apply for the bursary?
We can help with advice on the cost of coming to college including travel costs, any equipment you may need to buy, uniform and childcare if you need it. 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. View more information on the financial support section of our website where you can read up to date information from August each year and download the bursary form.
Do I need to pay tuition fees?
If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study, although you may have to buy course equipment such as a uniform or books. If you are 19+ then there may be a fee for your course. People in receipt of certain state benefits may be entitled to a reduction in fees. Check out the course fees section of our website.
How do I get a bus pass for college?
We offer Stagecoach bus passes to students who are under the age of 19 at the start of their course so you can save money on fares. The Stagecoach bus number 16 travels every ten minutes from the bus station in Northampton to Booth Lane (the bus stop is in St Gregory’s Road).
If you would like to buy a bus pass, please visit Student Services. You can pay with a debit or credit card - we no longer accept cash or cheque payments in college. Please note that bus passes can only be purchased termly and not yearly.
Once purchased, a digital code will be provided that allows you to order:
Visit our Travel and Transport page for more information about bus passes.