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Choosing what to study can be challenging. Speak to one of our advisors to find out what your options are.

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Study is hard enough without struggling to pay for things you need for your course - safety clothing, the cost of getting here, even finding someone to look after your children. Fees aside there are all sorts of other costs you might have to meet in your course. Some courses require PPE (safety clothing), and other materials.

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A discretionary bursary fund provides support to learners who are experiencing financial difficulty with meeting the costs of learning.

To be eligible to apply for Financial Support, you must meet these criteria:

  • You must be an enrolled student as defined by West Suffolk College.
  • You must have been resident in the British Isles (or the European Union for purposes other than education) for the last three years.
  • Your household income must be below £30k for 16-18 or £30k for 19+ (if your income is higher, you may still be able to apply for funding, depending on your family circumstances.

Financial support is dependant upon Government legislation and is therefore subject to change. Whatever your circumstances, you can always consult us before applying for any course.

Apply for Financial Support (Bursary)

16-18 Bursary – Financial Support

How to make a Bursary Application

This How To Guide has been recorded for April 2024 and supports students who are joining the College this September.

19+ Bursary – Financial Support

Aside from tuition fees, there are often costs for materials or equipment, transport or childcare when returning to study as an adult.  There is support available depending on your household income. 

Our 19+ bursary is available to help eligible students who are enrolled on a government-funded or advanced learner loan-funded course and are from a low income household. 

If your household income is less than £30,000, you may be eligible for support with a range of study costs including kit, equipment, travel, childcare and lunches. 

The bursary is paid every 4 weeks and is related to your attendance at college. Travel costs up to £1200 per year and childcare costs up to £35 per day all help a return to study without financial hardship. 

Students in receipt of benefits may also qualify for lunch allowance on the days that you attend your classes.

Apply for a Bursary

For help and advice contact our student finance team on 01284 716319 or visit our Student Hub at the University and Professional Development Centre.