Worried you can’t afford to go to College? We can help!
If you’re 16-18, a British or European Union resident and on a full or part-time government-funded further education course there are normally no tuition, exam or registration fees.
If you have a low household income or your household is dependent on state benefits you could be entitled to receive the College Maintenance Bursary of up to £250 or £500 (depending on distance travelled to college) to help pay towards your college and travel expenses.
Free School Meals
Did you receive free school meals last year? Are you a resident in Elmbridge, Epsom, Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate, Banstead, Runnymead, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley or Woking? Are you studying in year 12? If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you could be entitled to free school meals when you come to college.
If you're aiming high in your GCSEs, apply for our scholarship scheme, which offers £800 to outstanding students with 6 or more GCSEs at grade A.
Care To Learn
If you are a young parent, Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare and travel costs while you're studying a College course funded by the Learning and Skills Council.
Care to Learn will pay for:
Childcare costs while you learn, including while you are on placement
Childcare costs for extra home/private study
A childcare deposit (up to £250) if one is charged
Any necessary childcare fees payable during holidays in order to retain your child's place
Necessary travel costs to and from your childcare provider
In order to apply for the Care to Learn scheme you must be:
A parent under the age of 20 at the start of your college course
Caring for your own children (whether you are a father or a mother)
Living in England
Using a registered childcare provider
Please note that childcare payments can only be backdated to the start of the young parent’s course or learning programme if their application is received within 28 days of the course start date. For applications received outside of this timeframe, payments will begin from the Monday of the week the application was received.
To apply for the Care to Learn scheme visit the Care to Learn website.
If you have any queries about the Care to Learn scheme please call the Provider Helpline on 0845 600 7979.
The Department for Education have confirmed that there will be no changes to the Care to Learn childcare support scheme for the academic year 2012/13.
Support for Care Leavers
If you are a care leaver, a young person in care or if you are living independently you could get a bursary of up to £1,200 towards coming to College.
The Army Further Education Bursary Scheme (FEBS) gives the opportunity for students studying any Level 2 FE subject (or higher), to be awarded a maximum of £4000 while they are studying and after phase 1 Training in the British Army. For more information see an Army Careers Adviser, visit www.armyjobs.mod.uk Tel: 08457 300 111.
Young people studying at Guildford College can apply for a Student Fare Card. These cost £25 and entitle you to a third off travel on trains and half price travel on buses if you live in Surrey (excluding London Boroughs). See our Transport and Travel pages for more information.
The College Accommodation Team supports students in our Halls of Residence at Merrist Wood College and in homestay accommodation. We also offer a Residential Bursary Scheme to assist qualifying students with costs. To be eligible for the Residential Bursary Scheme you need to be studying your first full-time Level 2 or 3 vocational course and unable to find a similar course locally to your home (within reasonable travelling distance). For more information on accommodation or the bursary Tel: 01483 88 40 93.
If you are over 16, you can also apply for an NUS Extra Card or NUS Apprentice Extra Card (if you are doing an apprenticeship) from www.nus.org.uk, which will give you discounts from Amazon, McDonalds, Odeon, 16-25 Railcards and most high street shops. A bargain at just £12, NUS extra is the definitive student discount and lifestyle card, saving students an average of over £500 a year!
ActivZone health and fitness centre at Guildford College is packed with equipment such as treadmills, steppers, bikes and spinning bikes, rowing machines, free weights and a rock climbing wall. You can also sign up for personal training, nutrition advice and various classes at rock bottom prices, if not for free. Students get reduced membership fees. For more information Tel: 01483 44 86 66 or visit www.activzone.co.uk
Hair and Beauty Treatments
You can get haircuts, styles and beauty treatments at rock bottom prices at Salon in the Park at Guildford College or Salon Vision at Farnham College!
If you help out at our Open Days and other College events we'll give you a financial reward - normally a voucher to spend in high street clothing stores.
For more information about any of the above contact our Information, Advice and Careers Team Tel: 01483 44 85 85.