Financial support and funding for pre-degree courses
Although students studying a pre-degree course are not eligible to apply for a loan to help with living expenses, there are a number of other sources of funding available to help you with the costs of studying.
The following funding information is intended for students who live in the UK. Information for International students can be found on the financial support for International students web pages.
Funding available from UCA
- 16 - 18 Bursary Fund
There are a number of bursaries available from UCA to help with the cost of the course, travel, accommodation and living expenses. These are open to students aged between 16 and 18, studying a pre-degree course. For further information please view the information sheet (2013/14 entry) and to apply please use the interactive pdf application form (2013/14 entry). Information and forms for 2014/15 entry will be available summer 2014.
- Adult Learner Support Fund
Available to those over 19 and studying a pre-degree course. They are designed to help adult learners with a specific financial need which could prevent them from participating in learning. For further information please see the information sheet (2013/14 entry) and to apply please use the interactive pdf application form (2013/14 entry). Information and forms for 2014/15 entry will be available summer 2014.
For more details about funding available from UCA please contact one of our advice centres, contact details for the advice centres can be found on the advice and student finances pages of this website.
Financial support available from other sources
- 24+ Advanced Learning Loans
If you're aged 24 or older, you can apply for a loan to help cover tuition fees for courses starting on or after 1 August 2013. For more details visit the GOV.UK website.
- Residential Support Scheme
If you need to study away from home because the course you want isn't available locally, you may be able to get financial help with the cost of your term-time accommodation. For more details visit the GOV.UK website.
- Care to Learn
If you are a young parent, Care to Learn can help with the cost of your childcare while you're learning. However the government is currently reviewing how parents aged 19 or over will be supported to continue their education from September 2012. For more details visit the GOV.UK website.
For further information on all of the above funding opportunities visit the GOV.UK website.
Help with travel costs
Your local authority may be able to help with the cost of travelling to and from UCA.
For student's studying on a pre-degree (FE course) in 2013 at our Kent campuses we will be offering the Kent 16+ travel card, which gives you unlimited bus travel in Kent, conditions do apply, see the information sheet for more details. To apply for this you should complete the application form and return it to UCA.
For further information visit your local authority website or contact one of UCA's advice centres.
Advice and guidance
We have student advisers based at each campus who are available to help and advise you about money matters and can direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems. Contact details for UCA's advice centres can be found on the advice and student finances pages of the website.