Help to finance your course and living costs

We have now allocated all funds for 16-18 Students. Your applications will be held on a waiting list to be reviewed later in the academic year.

Before you apply for a course, it's a good idea to work out how you're going to fund it. If you're concerned that money will be a problem and might stop you from doing a Further Education course with us, you don't need to worry as in some cases we can help to support you financially.

If your household income is less than £23,000 per year you may be entitled to help with the cost of transport, uniform, books and equipment. If you're starting a course from September 2017, you can apply for financial support from a College Bursary.

If you're aged 20 or over, and you have dependent children, you can also apply for help with the cost of childcare. Under certain circumstances, funding may be available even if your household income exceeds the threshold. This will usually depend on the number of dependent children living within the house. 


To be eligible for Financial Support you must:

- Be an enrolled Further Education student as defined by West Suffolk College and;
- Be settled in the UK as an EEA resident for purposes other than education for the three years prior to the 1st September 2016, (N.B. Refugees need not meet the 3 year rule) and;
- Have a net household income below £23,000.00. If your income is greater than this you may still be able to apply for funding, depending on your family circumstances.
- If you are applying for an Advanced Learner Loan, you must have been accepted for the loan before completing this form.

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If you have any queries regarding eligibility or how to apply, please contact the Bursary and Admissions Administrator on 01284 716 232 or call into the Student Welfare office.

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