Financial Support

We understand that financial matters are an important consideration for our students and that everyone’s circumstances are different. We believe that financial constraints alone should never be enough to prevent a student from studying and so we will work with you to find out what support you may be entitled to and help you to access any funding available.

We have a number of support services available, administered either directly with the college or through our ChiOnline portal.

The Learning Support Grant

The Learning Support Grant is the name we have given to our discretionary learner support scheme and is administered by the college.

This grant can provide you with:

  • help with travel costs
  • help with equipment, books or resources costs
  • contribution towards childcare costs
  • help to pay UCAS admin fees
  • contribution towards enrichment activities linked to your course.

You can apply online (via ChiOnline portal) for the Learning Support Grant. We have tried to make applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in online forms, providing evidence and telling us about your financial situation. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances.

The Learning Support Grant may still be available to successful applicants of the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan if the total household income is below £32,000. 

Advanced Learner Loan (19+)

You can apply for a loan to help cover the costs of full or part-time courses for adults (aged 19 and over) covering an extensive range of subjects, all leading to a recognised level 3 to level 6 qualification.

You are eligible to receive an Advanced Learner Loan if you are:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Studying a recognised further education level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualification
  • A resident in the UK

You can start applying for your loan from the 1st of June of the year of your enrolment. For more information visit the Gov.UK website or speak to our Student Finance team for an informal chat to discuss all the options.

Student Finance for Higher Education (18+)

If you're planning on studying a university level course with us, there may be funding available to help you with course fees and living costs. Funding is administered by the government through Student Finance England. To apply, you will need to register online


If you are facing financial difficulties that mean you may have trouble paying for your transport to college, please contact Student Services for information on any assistance that may be available to you.

Residential Bursaries (Brinsbury)

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking land-based courses at our Brinsbury campus who live beyond a normal, daily traveling distance. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home.  The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home.  The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family's income.  Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please speak to the Student Finance team for more information.