If you need finance to cover your college or higher education course, read on to find out what is available


Further Education

If you're 19+ and planning on studying a Level 3 course (A Levels/ Access to HE) or above, you may be entitled to the Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your tuition.


You may also be eligible for money from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund if you need help with some costs while studying, for example childcare, travel or trips related to your course. Application is through the college.


0300 100 0619

Higher Education

If you're planning on studying for a degree or other Higher Education course, there are funding options available to help pay for tuition fees and help with living costs. You may also be able to access bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Applications for Student Finance open in February, for courses starting in September.

Tuition fees and Maintenance Loans

These are managed by Student Finance England

Calculate how much you may get

If you are an EU national, your Tuition fees will be paid but you need to be resident in the UK for five years to receive Maintenance loans.


Student Finance England

0300 100 0607

Student Finance Services

EU students 0141 243 3570 / EEA citizens working in the UK 0300 100 0607




More videos available from Student Finance England

More information about student finance from UCAS

Helena Kennedy Foundation awards

Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF) awards are designed to support students who have overcome significant barriers to complete their further education and are facing financial and personal difficulties which will make progression to higher education difficult

An HKF award is about much more than money. It is a package of financial, personal and practical support and opportunities designed to support transition into higher education, enhance the student’s experience at university and improve chances of employment after graduation.

Students can apply if they are:

  • At college on the final year of a L3 course (A levels, BTEC or Access).

  • Aiming to start a Higher Education qualification in September/October 2020. Students taking a ‘gap’ year will be considered.


  • Experiencing barriers to continuing their education

  • Able to demonstrate that they face severe financial hardship

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered for an award.

Further information on Helena Kennedy Foundation awards can be found here

University of Leicester scholarship

Westminster Kingsway College have a partnership with University of Leicester and, as part of the agreement, the university offers a scholarship worth £2000 per year for 3 years, to one student from the college that has applied, confirmed and accepted the university as their firm choice.
If you would like to discuss Helena Kennedy Foundation or the University of Leicester scholarship, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team. 

Other Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries and scholarships are accessed via the university or HEI (Higher Education Institute)

  • Universities and HEI's can have several options, you may be eligible for more than one

  • Each one may have different eligibility criteria

  • Some are for academic merit or financial need and some focused on particular subjects or programmes of study

  • You apply directly to the university or HEI

Other information on bursaries and scholarships is available from The Complete University Guide

Local Authority Care students

Additional funding is available to students who are or have been in local authority care. You may be entitled to a 'one-off' £2000 Higher Education Bursary from your local authority, ask your local authority about this. 
Visit Propel for further information and guidance on funding options
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) 
If you are a student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability, you can apply for (DSAs) to cover some extra costs, further information can be found at GOV.UK

If you would like to discuss money and student finance, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team. 

Other resources



scholarship-search (post-graduate)


unigrants (undergraduate)

Helena Kennedy Foundation

Family Action (educational grants)

Refugee Support Network

UKCISA (international students)

Runnerclick (Sports and Academic scholarship)

NHS Business Services Authority (bursaries)

National Zakat Foundation (financial support)

Halal Student Loans (information only)

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