Financial Support

Bursary Schemes

The College is offering four bursary schemes to enrolled students for the 2021/22 academic year, offering assistance with kits and other materials, travel to College, uniform, college trips, etc.

The guidance for the Bursary Schemes can be downloaded here.

Once you have enrolled, please go to our online bursary portal where you can register for and apply for a bursary.

  • When registering for a bursary please be aware you will need to register as a new student and that the log in details will not automatically be the same as your college login.
  • Please ensure you have a valid email address when you use it to register as you will need this to activate your account through email verification.
  • Please allow 14 days for your bursary application to be processed. Once your bursary has been assessed you will receive a confirmation email. This will either be a breakdown of the payments that you are entitled to, or a request for any further information as needed.
  • Please note that if you are uploading any information, we will require all pages which should be dated in the current tax year (dated no earlier than April 2021). If you are uploading Universal Credits, we will need to see all pages of the most recent statement (you may need to upload several screenshots in order to achieve this).

Please access the Bursary frequently asked questions here.

Free College Meals allowance from the Bursary

If you have been approved a bursary and are entitled to Free College Meals then this will be added as a credit onto your Student ID card if you are going to Suffolk New College or Suffolk Rural. At the Leiston and Halesworth campus however, there are no canteen facilities so in this case the money will be paid into the student's bank account every half termly to help them buy their food for college.

This is an allowance of £2.41 per day that the student is in college, it can be spent on anything in the Canteen at Suffolk Rural or at The Diner or Chef Whites Deli at Suffolk New College. This can include sweets, breakfast, lunch, hot meals up to the value of £2.41.

Tuition Fees

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

Care to Learn Scheme

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

Applying for a Bus Pass

For guidance on applying for a bus pass please click here.