Financial Support

Bursary Schemes

Suffolk New College has various Bursary schemes available to support you with the additional costs of attending College.

It doesn’t matter whether your course is full or part-time, based at the main campus in Ipswich or based at Suffolk College on the Coast in Leiston, you can apply for support.

These are:

  • 16 – 18 Guaranteed Bursary Scheme
  • 16 – 18 Bursary Scheme (includes students aged 19+ with an EHC plan)
  • 19+ Bursary Scheme (including help with childcare costs)
  • Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Scheme (including help with childcare costs)

Different limits apply for each of the different schemes as set out in the bursary policy.

All the schemes offer a weekly amount, plus a further sum which is paid in arrears and is dependent upon regular excellent attendance. They also offer help with additional course costs such as uniforms, kits and other equipment, trips and books. Please check the bursary policy for more details and to see if you qualify.

To see if you qualify for support, please download the appropriate form below, or pick one up from Student Support at the College.

16-18 Bursary Scheme (incl. guaranteed bursary and 19+ with EHC plan)

19 + Bursary Scheme (not for applicants for loans)

Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Scheme (applicants for loans only)

Childcare Application form (applicants for childcare only)

Guidance notes for all schemes

Please note you may need to download Adobe Reader to access the above forms.

For any questions or help & support in applying for the schemes please contact student support on Tel: 01473 382738 Email:

Care to Learn Scheme

If you are a young parent, aged under 20 (as at 31 August in the year in which the course starts), you can apply for a Government ‘Care to Learn’ grant. The grants 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 and to apply, or call the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Tuition Fees

The bursaries cannot normally be used to pay for tuition fees. For more information about tuition fees please click here.