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Loans and Other Financial Support

The financial aspect of studying a higher education course is very important. 

The amount of support available and tuition fees will depend on the programme you choose to study and whether you study full or part-time. It may also depend on personal factors, such as your household income.

Our HE Student Welfare and Finance Officer is based in the HE (Room F144), at the Adams Building.

They can help with welfare queries, such as difficulties with any aspect of student life - living away from home, budgeting, loans and student finance.

If you are studying at another centre, a visit can be arranged to come over and meet you at a convenient time.

For personal advice please contact 0115 838 0612 or email

Prospective students from England should contact Student Finance England as soon as possible to obtain details of the funding that is available.

Students can find out more and apply online at DirectGov, or by calling 0300 100 0607. Full-time students can apply online for student support.

Students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland should contact their national student finance service:

Nottingham College's HE Welfare and Finance Officer will be pleased to answer any queries once you have contacted the above and obtained the relevant information.

Once you have enrolled at Nottingham College, you may be eligible for additional financial assistance through the Access to Learning Fund, if you run into financial difficulties.

Tuition fee loans are available to help with the cost of studying and maintenance support can help with your living expenses. The maintenance loans are paid into your bank account in three instalments - one each term. The loans have to be paid back, the grant doesn’t.

If you're thinking of studying a full-time higher education qualification at Nottingham College, then the Nottingham College Special Support Bursary could be for you! The bursary scheme can provide non-repayable financial support to students who meet certain criteria. The bursary is worth up to £1,000 depending on your household income and will be based on your Student Finance England assessment.

Annual household income (based on Student Finance assessment) Amount of Maintenance Loan in 2021-22 (assessed by Student Finance) (There are 2 categories: ‘Living at home’ or ‘Living away from home’) Special Support Bursary Amount
Living at home Living away from home
up to £25,000 £7,987 £9,488 £1,000
between £25,001 and £30,000 £7,315 £8,809 £750
between £30,001 and £35,000 £6,642 £8,130 £500
between £35,001 and £40,000 £5,969 £7,450£300

The Nottingham College Special Support Bursary is only available to full-time higher education students. In order to be considered, applications must be received by the deadline.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Special Support Bursary, please complete the relevant application form sent to you by the HE team.

Completed forms and supporting documents should be returned by post or hand delivered to:

HE Office - D138
Nottingham College
Adams Building
Stoney Street

If sending by post, please ensure that you apply the correct postal rate - as under-payment may prevent your application reaching us in time and could be deducted from an award.

For further information on the bursary scheme, or if you have any questions, please contact the HE office on 0115 838 0612 or email

The Access to Learning Fund is designed to help higher education students in financial hardship, who may need extra support to remain in college. The fund is available to all home students on a full or part-time university-level programme at Nottingham College. You can apply for the fund at any point during the year and it is usually non-repayable. You must have taken advantage of all forms of statutory support available to you as an HE student before you apply for support from this fund.

For more information, please read the ALF guidance notes. To check on the progress of your application, please email the Higher Education Team at or call 0115 838 0612.