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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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Fees aside there are all sorts of other costs you might have to meet in your course. Many courses require special clothing or equipment, tools, books, software and other materials. If you’re on a low household income you can apply to get financial help through a college bursary scheme.

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Study is hard enough without struggling to pay for the things you need for your course… tools and equipment, clothing, the cost of getting here, even finding someone to look after children.

For all those things, for paint, for brushes, wood planes, trainers, even jodhpurs, if your total household income is below £19k for 16-18 year olds or £25k for 19+, you may get financial support.

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 £19k for 16-18 or £25k 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.

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