STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Whether it’s financial support, childcare information, learning support or simply a friendly chat about the right course for you, our Student Support Services are at the heart of our Colleges.

The Student Services teams will make sure that you have the information, advice and guidance you need during your time studying with us.

With student support services based at each College campus, you can access:

  • Financial support and advice
  • Careers advice and job search
  • Course guidance
  • Additional learning support
  • Counselling
  • Sexual health advice
  • Disability support and advice
  • Support to stop smoking
  • Group and one-to-one tutorials
  • Safeguarding information and guidance
  • Student activities and enrichment information
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STUDENT LOANS

Tuition Fee Loans

Our full-time courses and some of our part-time courses are eligible for funding via the Student Loans Company, and this is how most of our students fund their tuition fees. Student loans are repayable from the April following the completion of your course and when your earnings rise above £21,000 per year. This will be deducted from your salary in the same way that tax and national insurance payments are deducted.

For more information on eligibility, the application process and repayment, please visit www.slc.co.uk

MAINTENANCE LOANS

There may be maintenance loans and grants available to eligible students to support with living costs during your studies.

For more information on eligibility, the application process, potential grants and repayment, please visit www.slc.co.uk.

ADVANCED LEARNER LOANS

Advanced Learner Loans are tuition fee loans designed for students aged 19* or above, who are undertaking eligible Level 3 to Level 6 courses. This funding route may be an option for students applying for one of the Level 3 Access to Higher Education courses.

More information about the Advanced Learner Loans can be found at: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

For students who aren’t able to access tuition fee loans, we offer flexible repayment options.

*If you are aged 19 – 23 years old and studying your first Level 3, there will be no cost for the course.

OTHER SUPPORT

College Bursary

Across all of our Colleges we are able to support learners with those additional costs associated with learning e.g. travel and equipment.

To be eligible you must have accessed the appropriate loan (Student Finance England or Advanced Learner) and provide household income evidence.

Childcare Grant

Full-time Higher Education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant to help with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs. You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant. For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit
www.gov.uk/childcare-grant

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

It may be possible to receive financial support to cover any additional study related costs you incur, because of a disability depending on which College you choose to study with. If you have a sensory or physical disability, a medical condition, a mental health difficulty or a specific learning disability, such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia you may qualify to apply for support. DSA is available to both new and existing students, full-time or part-time and has no age limit.

If you qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowance you will need to have a DSA Needs Assessment to decide on the support you will need on your course. For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit the website of your chosen College.

Offer for Fair Access (OFFA)

Through our OFFA Statement (Offer for Fair Access) students may be eligible for a bursary. The eligibility criteria for each student will be dependent on which College you study with. For more information, please visit the website of your chosen College or www.offa.org.uk