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Learner Support Fund - Adult

Learner Support Fund

The learner support fund offers financial support towards the cost of studying and is designed to help students who are encountering financial barriers to learning. This means we want to help with the basic but important necessities of undertaking a course at The Sheffield College, including getting to College and having the correct books and equipment for each course, allowing students to complete the course to the best of their ability.

19+ Adult Learner Support Fund

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2016, and enrolled on a Sheffield College course, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel
  • Books and materials
  • Uniform and equipment
  • Essential course trips
  • DBS checks (formerly known as CRB)
  • Tuition fees (if not already waived at enrolment)
  • NUS extra

How to Apply

  • If you need financial help for 2016/17 academic year, please contact student services reception at your campus

If you are aged 24+ and are taking a level 3/4 course please go to 24+ Advanced Learning Loan

20+ Childcare Support Fund

If you are a student parent aged 20 or over you may be eligible to receive help with the cost of childcare while studying at College. 

Childcare costs will be supported for all timetabled classes required by the individual course, as well as any work placements that are essential to successful completion of the course. A maximum of one extra hour each day will be allowed for travel time (although discretion can be used to extend this to meet exceptional needs).

It is important to note that students will be expected to use any available Nursery Education Grant funding towards meeting their childcare needs before further support is awarded, if necessary. This includes all 2 year olds who are eligible for FEL funding based on their parent(s) income, as well as 3 and 4 year olds who automatically qualify.

Additionally, to ensure fair and responsible use of the Childcare Support Fund, payments will be limited as follows:

  • Full week - £200
  • Full day - £40 *
  • Half day (morning or afternoon) - £22

All childcare costs above these rates will have to be met by the student.

* When a class takes place across the middle of the day, and a full day's childcare is required, the cost of this will only be met by the College when there are at least 4 timetabled hours in the day.

How to Apply

  • If you need financial help for 2015/16 academic year, please contact student services reception at your campus.


Students Without 'Settled Status' in the UK

If you do not have 'Settled Status' within the UK, separate arrangements apply for paying for the course. Settled Status is defined as having been granted 'indefinite/exceptional leave to remain' or having 'right of abode' in the UK. If you believe that you might fall into this category please contact us for further details.


Higher Education Courses

Whether you wish to study full or part time you should apply to your Local Education Authority (LEA) to get full or partial fee remission and access to a student grant/loan. For more information go to https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact the Higher Education Unit for details on 0114 260 2600 or e-mail heunit@sheffcol.ac.uk