Financial Support

There are a range of financial support options available to students at Southport College

Course Fees

19+ Discretionary Fund

Advanced Learner Loan

Travel Pass

Financial support

19+ funds

If you are over 19 years old you can apply for help with kits, uniform, exam fees and other course related costs. We will need to consider your income but you can apply whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

To apply or if you are unsure of your eligibility for any of these funds, please contact the Student Information Centre.

Travel passes

The College offers students who live over 1.0 miles away from College and study a full-time Further Education course the opportunity to apply for a free travel pass. The passes can be used on Stagecoach, Arriva or Merseyrail networks.

Additional information is available on the application form or through contacting The Student Information Centre. 

Advanced Learning Loans

If you’re going to study on a course at Level 3 or 4 you can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of your course.  This is an ideal opportunity for people who have previously been unable to enrol on a course due to upfront costs.  And if the loan is for an Access to Higher Education course and you subsequently go on to complete a higher education course, you don’t have to pay the loan back.

To get a loan you must be:

  • Aged 19 or older on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • Resident in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this
  • Starting your course on or after 1 August 2019
  • Undertaking an eligible course at Level 3 or above

Repayments start the April after you complete or withdraw from your course. You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,725 a year. Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,725 a year. Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you ear over £25,725. 


Your monthly repayments would be:

£9 a month - if you earned £27,000

£32 a month - if you earned £30,000 a year

You can start applying for a loan now. For further details about Advanced Learner Loans visit here

Our Student Information Team can also help you with the process and provide you with the support you need to return to learning. You can call them on 01704 392704 or email


For learners aged 20 and over with dependent children you can apply for support with childcare funding.   This fund is means tested and is allocated on a first come first served basis. Potential students can register their interest by telephoning the Student Information Centre on 01704 392704 or calling in.

Care to Learn

Learners under 20 years old can apply through Care to Learn to help support the cost of childcare.

You can get Care to Learn if:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course
  • you’re the main carer for your child
  • you live in England 
  • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country 
  • your course qualifies 
  • your childcare provider qualifies

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:

  • your childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • a childcare taster session for up to 5 days
  • keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays 
  • taking your child to their childcare provider

Find out more information from

Advanced Learning Loans Students Childcare Funding

For 20+ learners and over with dependent children can apply for childcare funding. This is means tested and if the learner is on a Level 3 or 4 course that attracts the Advanced Learner Loan, this must be applied for and taken.

 If you have any financial concerns or general worries about learning and how you can fund or access courses, please come and speak to our friendly Student Information Team. The team can also help you with the process and provide you with the support you need to return to learning. You can call them on 01704 392704 or email

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