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8. What financial support do I get for my education?

If you are in further education (sixth form or college), depending on your circumstances and what course you're studying, you could be entitled to financial support to help you get through your studies.

Support available includes:

  • Discretionary Learner Support — Support for students facing financial difficulty.  This can help pay for things like travel and living costs, childcare, and the things you need for your course (stationery, books, etc.);
  • Residential Support Scheme — If you are studying far away from your home, you could be entitled to help with your accommodation fees.  The amount you get depends on your household income;
  • Care to Learn — If you are a parent under the age of 20 at the start of your course, this scheme can help with childcare costs while you study;
  • Dance and Drama Awards — If you are between the ages of 16 and 23 and show a talent in dance or drama, you can apply for a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) to help with fees and living costs at one of 17 private dance and drama schools;
  • Professional and Career Development Loans — These are bank loans to help pay for courses and training that help with you career or to get you into work.
  • 16 to 19 Bursary Fund — A bursary to help with the costs of education if you're aged between 16 and 19 and are either studying at a publicly funded school or college (not a university), or are on a training course, which includes unpaid work experience;
  • Advanced Learning Loan — A loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.  The amount you get does not depend on your income, and you don't have to pay back the loan until you have finished your course, and are making more than £25,000 a year.


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