Financial Support

Worries over money and finance shouldn’t stop you from coming to College. We want to give you the freedom to create your own story so we have a number of bursaries and packages available.

We understand that everyone is different. We have options available to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in education.

Below you will find a range of bursaries, packages and loans that we have available. Applications are encouraged as possible as funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you need help or advice, please get in touch with our Student Services Finance team, call 0151 353 4444 or email

Financial Assistance

Travel Pass or Payments

If you live more than 1.5 miles away from College (walking distance), and your household income (the amount you or your parents/guardians earn each year) is less than £35,000, we can offer a travel pass for 16-18 year olds. If you do live further away, we will consider alternatives.

Free School Meals

We extend free meals (FSM) to those who received them at school with our Further Education Free Meals (FEFM) programme. You’ll need to be between 16 and 18 years old, and either you or your parents should be claiming one or more benefits, like Universal Credit. Even if you don’t meet the benefits criteria, you can still apply.

Subsidised Meals

We can provide money towards the cost of two meals a week at our on-site eating outlets, during the time you are at College with us. You can use if for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can apply if you study part time, though the amount of funds you received will be based on your time spent in College.

Free Breakfast

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, so we make sure every single student can enjoy a free one – every day! Arrive at College before your classes start and head over to one of our eating outlets. It’ll help you get focused and start your day perfectly.


If you’re a parent but want to come to College to learn, you shouldn’t let the thought of childcare put you off. For anyone aged 20 or over, we’ll cover the full costs of childcare for you, up to £120 a week. If you’re under 20, there’s financial help available through the Care to Learn scheme.

College Bursaries

Aged 16 - 18 Bursary Package

Our 16-18 Bursary Package helps with travel to and from College and meals. You may also be eligible for an ICAP Bursary worth £1,200. The ICAP is for those who claim certain types of income or disability support, or for those who are in care or are care leavers.

Apply online
Helpsheet - how to apply

Discretionary Award

Discretionary Awards offer financial assistance to students who are in employment but are encountering financial difficulties when participating in education. They can assist with the cost of tuition and examination fees. The award is funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Apply online
Helpsheet - how to apply