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Funding for Higher Education

Bedford college HE Students
How can you afford Higher Education?

If you are studying a Full Time HNC, HND or Foundation Degree course at one of our campuses, you may apply to the Student Loans Company for a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or other specialist support (Quick Finance Guide for more information).

If you are studying as a Part-Time student, you may apply for the Tuition Fee Loan only.

What can HE student’s access at The Bedford College Group?

  • ‘Access to Learning Fund’ is available from Student Services once you are enrolled on your course – this is a hardship fund designed to support you to stay on your course until completion. It is not available to all students and considered on a case by case basis.

Useful links, resources & tools

Introduction to student finance

The PowerPoint below also contains information on the financial support available from Student Finance England, the application process and student loan repayments for students starting their Higher Education course from September 2020

Different Types of Support Available for Higher Education

     Tuition Fee Loan

  • Non means-tested loan of up to £9,250 to cover Tuition Fees
  • Paid directly to the university or college

Living Cost Loan

  • Part means-tested (65% non-income assessed and 35% income assessed)
  • Different loan rates depending on where you are living and studying

Disabled Students’ Allowance

  • Non-repayable, non-means tested support to help with additional costs you may have due to a disability, chronic health condition or learning difficulty.

     Support for students with children

  • Non-repayable, means tested support
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Childcare Grant

Other Support

  • ‘Access to learning Fund’ from Institutions when enrolled and experiencing financial hardship
  • Institution’s own specific bursaries and loans.

Finance Guide

See Student Finance England’s finance guide for more information on the support available, applications and repayments.

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