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Financial Support

We know how important money is and how much of an impact financial situations can have on your studies. That’s why at The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your time at college.

Our Financial Support Funds help students on a low income to overcome financial barriers to their education, enabling them to continue with and successfully complete their course.

You may be eligible for help with the basic (but important!) necessities of undertaking a course at The Sheffield College, including getting to and from college, having the correct/essential books and equipment for your course, and with meals or childcare if required.

Please note, you cannot apply for one of our Financial Support Funds until you have been accepted on your chosen course

Each fund has different eligibility rules relating to age, course funding, household income, receipt of means tested benefits and personal circumstances, so make sure that you read all of the information to check whether or not you can apply for that particular fund. If you need advice about which fund is right for you, contact our Admissions and Student Funding Team who can help point you in the right direction:

T: 0114 260 2600


Some of the schemes have budget constraints so early application is strongly advised in all cases, including all the requested evidence of personal/household income and benefits.

Take a look at some of the support that is available for some students aged 16 - 19:


What can I get support with?

  • Travel to and from college
  • Essential equipment such as books, uniform, kits etc.
  • Meals on the days when you are in college
  • Course trips/visits

Who's eligible?

  • Young People in Care
  • Care Leavers
  • Students in receipt of Income Support
  • Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) who are also receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments (PIP)


What can I get support with?

  • Travel to and from college
  • Essential equipment e.g. uniform, kits, resources such as books or materials

Who's eligible?

This fund is available to students who are:

  • Living in a household where the overall Household Income is up to £35,000
  • Dependants of someone on Income Support, Income Based JSA or Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or claiming the Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Able to demonstrate that they are facing financial hardship


Please note, students aged 19-24 who have in place an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are also entitled to a Free College Meal while attending their provision (if they meet the eligibility criteria).


What can I get support with?

Financial support towards childcare costs for your child.

Who's eligible?

Students should meet the following criteria:

  • Is the main carer for the child they are claiming for
  • Be claiming Child Benefit for the child/children in question
  • The other parent is unable to provide childcare (e.g. they are in education/working/absent)
  • The other parent is not claiming childcare through Tax Credits
  • Be under the age of 20 at the start of their course


At The Sheffield College we don't believe that being a parent should be a barrier to your education. We've got nurseries at both City and Hillsborough Campuses, plus different funding options available to help you access the support you need to complete your studies.

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