Financial Help

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A range of funding opportunities to cover course costs.

Funding for adult learning course fees depends on your individual circumstances, your age, and the course you choose.

Government funding opportunities.

  • 19+ Advanced Learner Loan If you are aged 19 or over when you start your course you could take out a loan cover the cost of some level 3 or 4 courses. You won’t have to pay it back until you complete your course and not until you earn more than £21,000 per year.
  • Professional and Career Development Loans.  If you study for a professional or management qualification that lasts up to two years you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000 to cover course fees, books, travel, childcare and living expenses.

Government funding schemes change regularly but you can get independent advice from the Money Advice Service website or by calling 0300 500 5000.

Student Finance Application Form

You can download the student financial support Application Form 2016-17 here . (Alternatively a PDF version of this form can be found at the bottom of this page.)

For help in filling out the application form see our Guidance notes 2016-2017 and please also read our Terms and Conditions 2016-17, then if you are still unsure, call our friendly staff on 01325 503037, or email studentfinance@darlington.ac.uk .

Your learning could be FREE if you study for a vocational further education course and meet certain criteria.

  • You get state benefits such as Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) – you must be aged 19 or over and applying for a course up to level 2.
  • You enrol on a full level 2 qualification, aged 19-23 (as at 31/8/13) and don’t already hold a full level 2 qualification or higher.
  • You enrol on a full level 3 qualification, aged 19-23 (as at 31/8/13) and don’t already hold a full level 3 qualification or higher.

Other ways to reduce the cost of your education.

  • Payment plan. The college has a plan that allows you to pay 75% of course costs in monthly instalments after paying 25% when you enrol
  • Childcare. You can apply for assistance with childcare costs. If you are under 20 you could qualify for free childcare from the government. If you and over 20 and have a household income of less than £21,000 per year you can apply for assistance through our Learner Support Fund
  • Guaranteed bursary. If you are aged under 19 and in receipt of certain benefits, you could receive up to £30 a week
  • Transport. If you have a household income of less than £21,000 per year and live more than three miles from the college you may be eligible for help with travel costs
  • Essential clothing, equipment and kit. If you need essential kit for your course, and household income of less than £21,000 per year, you could apply for financial assistance to cover these costs

As well as course fees, you may need to cover the cost of materials including textbooks and photocopying.

We are happy to advise you on the most appropriate funding opportunities for your personal circumstances.


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