Costs & Funding

There are no course fees for students under the age of 19, there may however be costs incurred for resources, lockers, kit, uniform equipment, residential trips etc. Some of these costs will be refundable deposits to cover borrowed resources others will be for items that you will keep and will be non-refundable.

There are ways in which the College can help you so please get in touch if you have any queries. Families in receipt of a low income, or a means tested benefit may also be eligible for assistance from the Discretionary Learning Support Fund. Students in genuine financial hardship can apply for help with the costs of compulsory materials, equipment, travel, residential trips and visits. To find out if you are eligible for financial support contact the Student Support Team on 01278 441233 or email studentsupport@bridgwater.ac.uk.

Scholarships

Students aged 16 – 19 who meet the criteria relevant to their courses or interests are invited to apply for one our Scholarship programmes. Find out more here

19+ Learner Support Funds (LSF)

Current or new students can access the LSF, to help with the cost of equipment, exams, travel or tuition, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must be aged over 19 at the start of the course
  • Course must be funded by the Skills Funding Agency
  • Students gross income must be below £35,000 (joint) or £20,000 (single)
  • Fund can help with childcare costs, tuition, exams, travel, materials etc.
  • Advanced Learner Loan students can access to a separate fund for help with travel or childcare using the same income thresholds

Childcare Support

Funding is available to help students in financial hardship meet childcare costs. Students under 20 can apply for funding from the Government's Care to Learn Fund. This covers the costs of any registered childcare (nurseries, child-minders, after school clubs etc.) alongside associated transport costs. Further information is available online at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Students aged 20 and over can apply to the Learning Support Fund. The fund is means-tested and offers support for children up to the age of 15 (or 16 for children with disabilities). This can pay up to 90% of childcare costs for registered child minders, nurseries, crèches, breakfast clubs or after school clubs. For more information or an application form, please contact the Student Support Team on 01278 441233 or email studentsupport@bridgwater.ac.uk.