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How can I fund my learning?


Below we've listed the variety of options there are for funding your learning...

  • Government Learner Support

    What is it?

    This is a Government 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 (there and back) away from their course and who are studying their first Level 2 or 3 course. How much you receive will depend on your household income and financial situation.

    You must also be at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2018.

    How do I apply?

    Ask student support at your college or school for an application form and help applying.

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Care to Learn

    What is it?

    The fund provides support for 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?

    You can apply for Care to Learn online, here.

    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 17 dance and drama schools. 

    Who is it for?

    You must be over 16 - 23 and show a talent for either dance or drama that indicates you're likely to have success in the industry.

    How do I apply?

    Apply directly to the drama or dance school and tell them that you would like to apply for a DaDA.

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • 16 - 19 Bursary Fund

    What is it?

    The 16 - 19 Bursary 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 or training (you can't apply if you are studying at university!). If you have an EHCP you can apply over 19 years old.

    You can receive up to £1,200 a year if you are a vulnerable young person - check online for specific requirements. You can also recieve a bursary through your institution to cover the cost of books, meals, transport, or equipment.

    How do I apply?

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

    For further information:

    Government Website

  • Advanced Learner Loan

    What is it?

    The Advanced Learner Loan is 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 on the first day of your course, and enrolling on a Level 3 or 4 course - There are a variety requirements, so check online to see if you're eligible!

    How do I apply?

    Check with the course provider that the course is eligible for the loan, and ask them for a ‘Learning and funding information’ letter. You can apply online or by post if you can't apply online.

    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. Of course if you don't want to have any debts to pay back, funding yourself is a good option - even if it might require getting a job for a year or two to save up!

    Free services such as the Money Advice Service and Citizens Advice 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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