We may be able to help you cover the costs of studying at Gateshead College. 

If you are struggling to cover the cost of coming to college, we may be able to help.

Funds are available to assist financially disadvantaged learners through one of two Government-backed funds – 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund and Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.

19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are aged over 19 on 31st August 2024 and studying on Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 courses, or studying on Level 3 courses and have received fee remission, we may be able to give you help towards the following:

  • Help towards travel costs - if you live over 2 miles from your college campus
  • Help towards equipment/kit/uniform/books – may not cover full costs but will be a contribution towards.
  • Help towards childcare costs – you must find an Ofsted registered provider and will be awarded for when you are timetabled to attended college. We do have maximum costs so it might not cover full costs: Nursery (Full Day £45, Half Day £30), Childminder (£11 Per Hour), Out of School Club (AM £5, PM £10).
  • Help towards other course costs – you have to be studying full time on Level 2 or 3 course and not in receipt of benefits or have an annual income over £4000 (other conditions apply). This is to contribute towards loss of income or benefits for living costs but not to replace them.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

If you are aged over 19, studying on Level 3 course and have taken out in full or part an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees, we may be able to give you help towards the following:

  • Help towards travel costs - if you live over 2 miles from your college campus.
  • Help towards equipment/kit/uniform/books – may not cover full costs but will be a contribution towards.
  • Help towards childcare costs – you must find an Ofsted registered provider and will be awarded for when you are timetabled to attended college. We do have maximum costs so it might not cover full costs: Nursery (Full Day £45, Half Day £30), Childminder (£11 Per Hour), Out of School Club (AM £5, PM £10).
  • Help towards other course related costs – have to be studying full time on Level 3 course and not in receipt of benefits or annual income over £4000 (other conditions apply). This is to contribute towards loss of income or benefits for living costs but not to replace them.

To be eligible for the funds you:

  • Must meet residency criteria
  • Have a gross annual household income below £35,000 couple or £30,000 single including any Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit or
  • Be in receipt of the following benefits: Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance/Income Related Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit/Guaranteed Pension Credit

This would be gross annual household income and if you are over 19 and living with parents we will ask for your personal income, not the income of your parents.

For more information please see 19+ Info Booklet Terms & Conditions.

PLEASE BE AWARE ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR THOSE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2024 WILL OPEN AT BEGINNING OF AUGUST 2024. 

Our online application system allows you to apply, access and view your bursary payments easily and securely.

With the online portal you'll be able to see any upcoming payments and view your payments status.

In order to set up an account with PayMyStudent you need your Student Number.

If you do not know your Student Number please contact us by email [email protected] or call 0191 4904627.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

You can apply for fees support on the grounds of low income and we can support 100% of the fee cost up to a maximum of £1000.

To be eligible for the funds you: 

  • Must meet residency criteria
  • Have a gross annual household income below £35,000 couple or £30,000 single including any Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit or
  • Be in receipt of the following benefits: Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance/Income Related Employment and Support Allowance/Universal Credit/Guaranteed Pension Credit

This would be gross annual household income and if you are over 19 and living with parents we will ask for your personal income, not the income of your parents. 

The Fees Support application is a paper application form.

To access Fees Support application please email [email protected] or call 0191 490 4627.

Applications will also be available from Support Funds Team at Baltic Campus and at most reception points.

For information about tickets available and discounts go to: 

www.gonortheast.co.uk

www.stagecoachbus.com

www.networkonetickets.co.uk

www.arrivabus.co.uk

For students with disabilities or learning difficulties visit www.nexus.org.uk/ticket-information/concessions/disabled-adults

For information about student funding contact:

Support Funds Team

Baltic Campus

Quarryfield Road

Gateshead

NE8 3BE

0191 490 4627

[email protected]

FAQ

When you apply online, you will be asked to upload evidence of your/parents’ income. 

Your application may take up to 10 working days to process. We will email or write to you with a decision. Please ensure, where possible, that you submit your application in plenty of time before you start your course. 

You need to ensure you can fund AT LEAST 2-3 WEEKS travel to college. 

You may also want to purchase your own equipment/kit/uniform before starting the course as awards will not be processed until you are confirmed as attending your course.

All eligible students have the right to request a review of the initial assessment.

If funds are depleted, or the individual or the course is not eligible for support, there are no grounds for a review or appeal.

Details will be in your notification letter.

  • Recent payslips or P60
  • All pages of 2024-2025 Tax Credits Awards
  • Last 3 Universal Credit award statements showing all the sections including any income and deductions
  • Accountants statement or tax return for the most recent tax year (for those self-employed)
  • Recent State Pension/Credit awards letter showing payments
  • All pages of a recent Income Support/JSA/ESA award letter
  • Bank statements clearly showing benefit going into account (only for those who cannot provide recent letter for above benefits or who are living with parents and have no personal income)
  • Evidence of asylum support - this could be letter from Home Office or Aspen Card

Examples of Evidence