Financial Support for Adult Learners

There are financial support options available for eligible 19+ learners including a bursary fund, travel passes, Advanced Learner Loans, support with childcare or course fee exemption.

For 2021-22 your support needs will be assessed through our new PayMyStudent portal. This online process enables you to fill out an application form and submit the necessary evidence that will be used to determine your eligibility.

Pay My Student
19+ Bursary Fund

19+ Bursary Fund

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 take any income you have into consideration, but you can apply whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

If you have any financial concerns or worries about how you will cover the cost of our courses or learning in general, please come and speak to our friendly Student Information Team.

The team can provide you with the support you need to return to learning, discuss your eligibility for any of the available funds and help you with the process to apply for them..

Contact the Student Information Centre on 01704 392704 or
email guidance@southport.ac.uk.

Travel Passes

The College offers students who live over 1.0 miles away from College and study a fulltime Further Education course the opportunity to apply for a free travel pass. The passes can be used on Stagecoach, Arriva or Merseyrail networks, however please note that this fund is means tested so you will need to provide information about your current income. The Arriva bus pass can now be used for 7 days per week.

More Information


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

Advanced Learner Loans

There is a way to fund your studies with no up-front fees and nothing to repay until you’re earning £26,575 a year. Getting an Advanced Learner Loan doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

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 2021
  • 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 £26,575 a year.

Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £26,575 a year. Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you earn over £26,725.

Example

Your monthly repayments would be:

  • £9 a month - if you earned £27,000 a year
  • £32 a month - if you earned £30,000 a year

You can start applying for a loan now.
https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Care to Learn

Support with Childcare for learners aged under 20 years

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

https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/eligibility

Childcare for learners aged 20 or over
Learners aged 20 and over with dependent children 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.

Advanced Learner Loans and Childcare Funding
Learners aged 20 and over with dependent children can apply for childcare funding and this is means tested. However if the learner is on a Level 3 or 4 course that is elegible for an Advanced Learner Loan, this must be applied for and taken.

Student Information Centre

Call now

01704 392704

Term Time

Monday 8.15am – 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.15am- 7.00pm
Friday 8.15am – 5pm

Outside Term Time

Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm

Learning Support

Learning Support is available for students of all ages with identified needs. Identified students who disclose a support need are individually interviewed to assess their needs and the level/type of support or tutoring required.

Personal Support

If you need support at any point during your time with us you can speak to your tutor or the Student Information Centre team who can refer you to personal support services.

Careers Advice & Guidance

As an adult learner you’ll have access to the careers and university resources in LLC1 and you can also access course and careers advice and guidance through our Student Information Centre. You tutor will also discuss careers options and applications with you.