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Financial Support

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Bursary Schemes

The College is offering four bursary schemes to enrolled students for the 2022/23 academic year, offering assistance with kits and other materials, travel to College, uniform, college trips, etc.

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

To view the Bursary Policy please click here.

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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 but the College tops this up to £3.50 for every 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 £3.50.

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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.

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Travel to College

Information about travelling to College and applying for a bus pass.

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College Online Shop

Suffolk New College has teamed up with a company called Evolve to set up an online shop to take payments for Suffolk Rural Bus Passes as well as trips, materials and books, etc.

Any physical goods that you order can be collected from the College the working day following the purchase taking place.

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Learner Loans are funded by the government and give individuals aged 19 or over a way to gain a level 3 to 6 qualification without paying a lump sum or any initial upfront costs.

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