Money Matters

Whilst you are at Cheshire College – South & West, we will do our best to support you to ensure you are successful. We can offer help and support whatever your needs are, or we can refer you to external agencies and specialists to ensure your needs are met.

We have Advisers based at all of our Campuses and our offices are open Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am until 4:30pm. Appointments are available outside of these hours on request.


Ellesmere Port / Chester Campus: 01244 656200

Crewe Campus: 01270 654654 ext. 4501/4502

The Bursary Funds are aimed at supporting students who may need financial help to continue with their learning and education. The funds are limited and are awarded based on need and criteria. We strongly recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible. Application forms are sent to all applicants and should be returned with supporting evidence to the address stated on the application form. Support from the various schemes is means tested (other than the Care to Learn scheme).

Support for 16-18 Learners

All learners who are eligible may apply for financial support from the various funds available:

Financial Support 16-18 year olds The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students (must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2019) overcome specific barriers to participation so that they can remain in education. Students can also apply for a discretionary bursary if they are over 19 and are, either continuing on a course they started aged 16 to 18 (known as being a ‘19+ continuer’), or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). There are two types of bursary:

  1. A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups i.e. aged 16-18 years, who are in care (local authority), care leavers, on income support/universal credit in their own name or in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (2) and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments
  2. Discretionary bursaries which are awarded to meet the individual needs of students where the household income is £26,100 or less, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books, trips and equipment

Further information is available from: (

  1. Includes 19+ continuers and 19+ learners with an EHCP
  2. If a learner successfully applies for ESA, parents will not be able to continue to claim child benefit

16-19 Financial Support – Application Form

Free College Meals In order to qualify learners must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2018 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2018 to 2019 academic year. Learners who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner. Learners aged 19 and over with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are also eligible. Please check the website below for eligibility criteria.

Care To Learn If you are a parent under 20 years old, you are eligible for childcare support from the Care to Learn scheme of up to £160 per child per week. Further details are available from:

EMA – Wales  Learners who live in Wales and travel to study at a College in England may be able to claim EMA if under 19. Further details are available at:

Support for 19+ Learners

Adult Financial Support – Learners 19+ Advanced Learner Loan If you are doing a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification you may need to apply for an advanced learner loan to cover your tuition fees. If this is the case then you will need a funding and information letter from the College before you can complete your application. If you need any further advise or support with this then please contact a member of our Bursary Department and we will be happy to help.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Learners may apply to get support from the Loan Bursary Fund after they have received a letter approving their Advanced Learner Loan. The support can help pay for things like:

AEB Learner Support Fund  Full and part-time funded learners aged 19+ may be eligible to apply for support from the AEB fund. The support can help pay for things like:

Support for the above two funds is means tested and available for household incomes below £26,100.

Adult Financial Support – Application Form

Childcare Provider Pack

Apprentices  Apprentices working more than 33 hours a week, are entitled to the same benefits as everyone else in the workplace. These include:

HE Learners  Learner Loans Two types of loan are available:

  1. Tuition Fee Loan – to help cover the cost of your course fees
  2. Maintenance Loan – to help towards accommodation and other living costs

Further details are available:

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