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 or Halesworth, 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)

For bursary purposes, a student applying for a bursary for the second year of a two-year level 3 course, who was aged under 19 as of 31st August in the first year will still be treated as under 19 irrespective if they have turned 19 in the intervening period.

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 put onto ID cards and can be spent at the Granary & MADE your way.

They can 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 complete the online form below, pick one up from Student Support at the College, or download and print a paper-based application.

Open Online Bursary form in a new window

Download and Print Bursary Form (right click and select save file as)

View the Bursary Policy

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 eligible students aged under 19 (or 25 with an ECH plan) the bursary form will be assessed for Free College Meals.

Eligible students will then have an additional £2.41 for every day that they are timetabled to be in College uploaded onto their ID card to spend at the Granary or MADE your way.

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.