If you are studying for a qualification up to and including Level 3, there is a range of financial options available to you:
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to help the most vulnerable young people aged between 16-19 years to help them continue in full time education and training.
The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is available to students over 19 years to age who may have difficulty in completing their course due to financial considerations.
Advanced Learner Loans
Aged 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification?
Aged 24 or over and thinking about a Level 3 or Level 4 course?
If you are starting a course on or after 1st August 2016 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the tuition fees charged by the College.
For more information, please see the Student Financial Support Guidelines.
For the 2019-20 academic year, South Thames Colleges Group is offering Higher Education (HE) Bursaries to first year UNDERGRADUATE students studying on directly-funded courses from the following five categories:
Internal Progression Bursary: to support students progressing from any of the Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) Level 3 or Access courses to one of STCG’s full-time Higher Education programmes starting in September 2019. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.
School Leaver Progression Bursary: to support students from non-selective state schools within the following boroughs:
- wishing to progress onto one of South Thames Colleges Group's full-time Higher Education programmes starting in September 2019. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.
Creative Industries Bursary: to support students joining on a full or part-time Higher Education course in creative subjects within the South Thames Colleges Group. For full-time students, this bursary is £2500, paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. For part-time students, this Bursary is £1250, paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary.
Adult/Mature Learner Bursary: to support adult students (aged over 21 at the start of their course) entering either full or part-time South Thames Colleges Group higher education courses for the first time. This bursary will be £1,250, those receiving the bursary will have a choice to take this as a partial fee discount in first year or as cash.
Care Leavers Bursary: to support students entering both full and part-time South Thames Colleges Group higher education courses for the first time. A bursary of £2,500 will be paid, half as a partial fee discount on first year fees and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.
Am I eligible to apply for a Higher Education Bursary? To be eligible for the Progression Bursary or the School Leaver Bursary you must:
To be eligible for the Creative Industries Bursary you must:
This bursary is not available to South Thames Colleges Group progressing students.
To be eligible for the Adult/Mature Learner Bursary you must:
To be eligible for the Care Leavers Bursary you must:
Please note that these are limited funds; students must meet ALL eligibility criteria, and submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Progression Bursary? Download and complete the application form, which will shortly be available at the bottom of this page, answering all questions in full. Include in your personal statement why you’ve chosen your course, career aspirations and why STCG should invest in you. Provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria (photocopies only). Return your completed application along with the supporting evidence to the HE Admissions Team in Visitors' Reception, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens Next? The closing date for applications is Monday 30 September 2019. Applications will be assessed and a decision will be made by Friday 11 October 2019. We will then write to let you know the results, and should you be successful, details of the award.
Can I appeal against the College’s decision? You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the HE Admissions Team.
How will I be paid? The information above details how the each of the bursaries will be paid. Where offered as a fee discount, the relevant bursary amount will be automatically taken off fees owed by the student to the college. Student Finance England will also be notified of the change in liability. Where offered as a cash bursary, the relevant bursary amount is paid directly into your nominated bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.
Complete the Higher Education Bursaries Application form to apply for this bursary.