Financial Support

International Students

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Funding is available for both full- and part-time students, with the exception of help with travel costs, council tax, and the Residential Support Scheme, which are for full-time applicants only. Confidential information and advice is available to help you manage your money and apply for financial assistance.

  • Higher Education Achievement Scholarships

    If you are completing a level 3 qualification with us this year why not consider applying for the Higher Education Scholarship Programme?

    Study a university level qualification with us and you could be rewarded with a Scholarship of up to a £1,000.

    There are 3 types of scholarship available and places are limited. So, if a scholarship that includes a payment of up to £1,000 appeals to you, act now.

    Download and read the HE Achievement Scholarships document to find out more and apply. It’s simple to complete an application and will only take a couple of minutes of your time.

  • Full-time UK students

    You may be entitled to free tuition if

    • you are under 19 on 31 August before the start of your chosen academic year or
    • you are taking your first, full Level 2 or first, full Level 3 qualification and meet the qualifying criteria

    You may also be eligible for free tuition if you are receiving certain means-tested benefits.

    For more information, email or call 01509 618375.

  • Bursary 2021/22

    The Loughborough College Bursary Fund is designed to help students from low income families to meet some of the costs incurred as a result of studying.

    There are two bursary funds available, one for those aged 16-18 and one for those aged 19 and over. Please ensure that you choose the correct information sheet to see what financial support you may be entitled to.

    The deadline for applications is 17th September 2021


    16-18 Bursary Fund (Discretionary Bursary)


    If you will be 16-18 and studying off-site please refer to this information


    19+ Bursary Fund and Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund Information


    Enhanced Bursary

    The Enhanced Bursary is available to all “vulnerable students” aged under 19 as of August 31st before the start of the chosen academic year studying on a Further Education course.

    The Young Persons Learning Agency considers a “vulnerable students” to be

    • a young person in care
    • a young person leaving care
    • a young person in receipt of income support in their own right or
    • a young person who is disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance


    Discretionary Bursary

    There is also a Discretionary Bursary offered by Loughborough College for students under the age of 19 studying on a Further Education course with a low household income and not receiving the Enhanced Bursary.

    For more information, advice, and guidance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01509 618375 or send us an email at We are here to help.

    The Randal Charitable Foundation


    The Randal Charitable Foundation

    The Trustees of The Randall Charitable Foundation have approved a one-off grant to provide an additional bursary fund to be accessed by Loughborough College students (named The Randall Charitable Foundation Bursary).

    The funds will support disadvantaged or vulnerable students with barriers to learning for up to £1,200 depending on need. Eligibility criteria is different from other college bursaries.

    Applicants will need to meet all 3 criteria of:

    • Being aged between 16-24 years old
    • Being out of education or work for 6 months
    • Living in the Leicester City or Charnwood postcode area

    And one of:

    • Being an asylum seeker/refugee
    • Having SEN or disability
    • Being from a minority, ethnic group
    • Being part of a low-income household (£24,000 and below)

    Eligibility for financial support from the RCF Bursary will be determined via completion of a RCFB application form with the attachment of accompanying evidence to meet the criteria above and submitted to the College Student Finance Officer. For an application form please contact

  • 24+ Loans Have Been Replaced With The Advanced Learner Loan

    If you're aged 19 or over and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay for the cost of your course.

    The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

    Key Facts:

    • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed
    • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,725 a year (which is £535 a week or £2,143 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time
    • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £25,725, before tax. For example, if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £69 per month.
    • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn

    Please visit Advanced Learner Loans for more information or email or call 01509 618375.

  • School Transport Assistance for 16-19 Year Olds

    Your child may be able to get a school travel pass or taxi place to go to sixth form or college. For more information and to apply please visit Leicestershire County Council

  • 16 - 17 Saver Railcard

    For everyone aged 16 and 17.

    The new 16-17 Saver Railcard offers 16-17 year olds a 50% discount on rail travel, making it cheaper to get to school, college and work. And it also gives you access to great discounts on holidays, dining out, theatre tickets and more.

    Find out more

  • Loughborough College Educational Trust

    This fund can help provide financial support towards educational costs for students up to the age of 25 who live in the local area.

    For more information click here.

  • Care to Learn

    Care to Learn provides help with childcare and associated travel costs if you are over 16 but under 20 years of age on the day your learning starts. For further information and an application pack, please contact us directly, visit Care to Learn, or call 0800 121 8989.

  • Residential Support Scheme

    This scheme provides help with accommodation costs if your course is not available in your local area and you are unable to travel to College on a daily basis. Students need to be aged 16 to 18 and attending their first full Level 2 or Level 3 course. For information and an application pack, visit, call the Learner Support Services Helpline on 0800 121 8989, or call Student Recruitment on 01509 618375.

  • Student Loans for Higher Education students

    This covers loans for tuition fees and living costs. Apply online at For information and queries, contact Student Finance England on 0845 300 5090.

  • Vehicle permits

    Loughborough College is operating new arrangements for parking from 7th September 2020. This will provide a fair parking solution, while also reducing congestion and lowering emissions around campus. Car parking for students will be FREE and student parking locations can be seen on the attached map in blue, under the parking key.

  • Council Tax

    If you are on a full-time course, you may be eligible for exemption from this local authority tax. Please bring your student ID card to Reception if you want to enquire about exemption.

    Alternatively if you would like to enquire about your eligibility for a council tax exemption please contact us via email at and a member of the team will be in touch.

  • Free Student Meals