Female student with a foodmixer at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Financial Support (19+)

Help and support is available on an individual basis and the College can help with:

  • Childcare
  • Travel to and from College
  • Help with essential materials to support your study
  • Help to support travel to and from essential work experience placements

Please note: Payments from the Discretionary Support Fund or Student Benefits Fund may affect any social security benefits. To find out how a bursary would impact on your benefits, please contact an experienced adviser at your local Jobcentre Plus.

Anyone who would like to study at college but think they can’t afford to should contact Student Services on 0191 518 8222 for further advice.

Student Benefits Guide & Financial Support Application Form

Please click on the link below to see our new Student Benefits Guide (19+) leaflet for more details and the application form. If you have any questions or want to check your eligibility for any of the benefits please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

Student Benefits Guide (19+)

To apply for financial support please download the application form here.

Advanced Learner Loan Advance Learner Load graphic that says Aged 19 or over find out more about the Advanced Learner Loans

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

If you're aged 19 or over and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England. For more information visit, go to the Advanced Learner Loan page of our website.