Financial Support

Suffolk New College has various schemes to help you out with the additional costs of attending College.

16-18 Bursary Scheme

If you are aged under 19 (as at 31 August in the year the course starts), and you or your family is in receipt of certain benefits or your family income is £16,190 or less per annum you can apply now for a bursary.

You can get help with

  • Uniforms
  • Kits and other equipment
  • Trips
  • Books

Plus a weekly sum that you can choose how to spend, such as help with getting to College.

Your application will automatically be assessed for “Free College Meals” which, if approved, will be automatically added to your College ID card for you to spend at one of our catering outlets. You will get the cash equivalent of £2.41 for every day that you are timetabled to be in College to spend at either:

  • The Granary
  • Made for You

If your family income is above £16,190 but less than £20,000, you may still apply for help from the bursary scheme. You could get a weekly payment, but not help with any additional course costs.

The application form is available here.

Please see the guidance notes here

This fund is strictly limited, and the College reserves the right to close it if the funds available become exhausted.

19+ Bursary Scheme and Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Scheme

Unfortunately, these schemes don’t cover the tuition fees. However you can get a loan to cover these if you are aged 19 and over (as at 31 August in the year in which you apply), and are studying a Level 3 course.

If you are aged 19 or over (as at 31 August in which the course starts), and you or your family are in receipt of certain benefits, or if your total household income is £16,190 or less, you can apply now for help from one of the above schemes.

You can get help with

  • Uniforms
  • Kits and other equipment
  • Trips
  • Books
  • Childcare (over 20’s only)

Plus a weekly sum that you can choose how to spend, such as help with getting to College.

You can also apply for Free College Meals if you are under the age of 25 (as at 31 August in which the course starts) AND you have an Educational Healthcare Plan.

If your family income is above £16,190 but less than £20,000, you may still apply for help from the bursary scheme. You could get a weekly payment, but not help with any additional course costs.

The application form is available here

Please see guidance notes here

The childcare application form is available here.

Again, this fund is strictly limited, and the College reserves the right to close it if the funds available become exhausted.

Visit our Advanced Learner Loan page.

Care to Learn Scheme

If you are young parent, aged under 20 (as at 31 August in the year in which the course starts), you can apply for government Care to Learn grant. The grant pays childcare of up to £160 per child per week, plus travel related costs whilst you are learning.

Please visit their website for more information or call the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989.

For more information about tuition fees please - click here