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Financial support

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

Financial support

Find out more

Use the links here to explore the different student support funds that are available.

Student financial support

We are now accepting applications from students who are seeking financial support for the 2024/25 academic year. 

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. 

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.

Unfortunately, these support funds schemes are not available to students on Apprenticeships or non-ESFA funded, full cost courses. 


What financial support is right for you?

The Sheffield College's Financial Support Funds helps students on a low income to overcome financial barriers to their education, enabling them to continue with and successfully complete their course.

Support Fund

Schemes/support available


16-19 Support Fund
  • Vulnerable young person bursary fund
  • Discretionary support fund
  • College meal credits/vouchers
  • Care to Learn

Students applying for support via these schemes need to be at least 16 but under 19 years of age on 31st August 2024.

There are some exceptions to this rule however, for example:

  • if you turn 19 during the first year of a two year study programme then you will still be eligible to claim support for the second year of your course
  • if you are aged 19-24 and are in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
19+ Student Support Fund
  • 19+ Discretionary support fund
  • 19+ Advanced Learner Loan bursary
  • 20+ Childcare support fund
Students applying for support via these schemes need to be at least 19 years of age or over on 31st August 2024.
Higher Education Support Fund

Support with: 

  • living expenses
  • travel costs to and from college
  • course resources e.g. specialist equipment, uniform, books etc.
  • trips, visits and residential experiences
This eligibility criteria is drawn from the college's Access and Participation Plan, however there is no age restriction and the application process will be open to any student on a higher education course who meets the eligibility criteria.
Disabled Students' Allowance/

Support with:

  • specialist equipment
  • travel costs
  • non-medical helpers.
  • You must provide evidence of your disability or long-term health condition
  • You must be a UK student

You must be a one of the following:

  • a full-time undergraduate student on a course lasting at least 1 year
  • a part-time undergraduate student whose course lasts at least 1 year (and doesn’t take more than four times as long to complete as the equivalent full time course)
  • a postgraduate student studying a recognised taught or research 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

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