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Learning Slopes
  • Discretionary Learner Support

    What is it?

    This is a fund that can be used to pay for things like accommodation, course materials and child care for people who are in education

    Who is it for?

    It is for people aged over 19 and who are facing financial hardship

    How do I apply?

    You need to apply for this through your college

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Residential Support Scheme

    What is it?

    A scheme to support people who have to travel a long way to attend a course or training. The fund is designed to help towards the cost of accommodation and travel

    Who is it for?

    Anyone who has to live more than 15 miles or 2 hours (return journey) away from their course and who are studying at Levels 2 and 3. How much you receive will depend on your household income and financial situation

    How do I apply?

    Ask your college or school for the information pack 

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Care to Learn

    What is it?

    The fund provides support for those young parents in education by providing them with financial support for childcare costs. It is available in England on courses that are publically funded, such as schools, sixth form and sixth form college

    Who is it for?

    People who are under 20 years old at the time they start their course and who are in education. 

    How do I apply?

    To get hold of the application form and to discuss any questions you may have about it contact the support helpline on 0800 121 8989

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Dance and Drama Award (DaDA)

    What is it?

    This aims to help with fees and living costs at one of 19 dance and drama schools. 

    Who is it for?

    You must be over 16 and show a talent for either dance or drama and a realistic chance of success in the future

    How do I apply?

    Apply directly to the drama or dance school. If you have any questions about eligibility or applications then contact the learner support helpline on 0800 121 8989

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Professional and Career Development Loans

    What is it?

    This is a bank loan which will allow you to fund further training and courses to boost your career. It has a lower rate of interest than usual and you can borrow between £300 and £10,000

    Who is it for?

    You must be 18 or over and living in the UK

    How do I apply?

    You will need to fill out an application form and take it to your local bank who will then consider your application and give you a response. You need to apply 3 months before your course starts 

    For further information:

    For advice or help contact the National Careers Service call 0800 100 900

    Government Website

  • 16 - 19 Bursary Fund

    What is it?

    The fund is designed to help pay for essential education-related costs for young people

    Who is it for?

    You must be between 16 and 19 and in further education and training (you can't apply if you are studying at university) You can receive up to £1,200 a year if you are in care or on Income Support or on Employment and Support Allowance or Personal Independence Payment. However you may still be able to get a bursary if you aren't in these groups

    How do I apply?

    Check with your college, school or training provider to see if you are eligible

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

    What is it?

    This is a loan provided by Student Finance England. These are the same people who provide student loans for university study. The loan helps you to pay course fees for certain Level 3 and 4 courses.

    Who is it for?

    Those aged 24 or over, living in the UK for the past three years and enrolling on a Level 3 or 4 course.

    How do I apply?

    You can apply online or by post for courses starting in September.

    For further information

    Government Website

  • Funding Yourself

    If you are not eligible to or do not want to take up any special grants or loans, then you can still fund yourself through education.

    Free services such as the Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice Bureau provide general money and budgeting advice.

    Creating a budget will also help you to make the most of your money. The Money Advice Budget Planner is an easy way to keep a handle on your finances.

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