19+ Finance and Funding

If you're aged over 19 there are a range of funds and bursaries you can apply for, to help with some of the costs of coming to college.

In this section you’ll find information on; 

  • Saving on travel
  • Advanced Learning Loans
  • Saving on course fees
  • Help with childcare
  • Free gym membership
  • Free parking


Gateshead College Bursary

You can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary for help paying for;

  • Travel
  • Uniforms or kit
  • Books or course equipment
  • Course fees
  • Childcare
  • Trips & visits fees

Applications are assessed based on;

  • The distance you live from campus
  • Your total household income
  • If you receive any benefits
  • The level of course you are studying


How to Apply

You can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary between July and August before you join us in September. You can still enrol on a course before applying for the bursary and we’ll send you further information and an application form in July.

If your course doesn’t start in September, you can still apply at any time during the year by contacting the Support Funds Team.

T: 0191 490 4627
E: Support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk

Or pop into Student Services at Baltic Campus.


Gateshead College Foundation

We’re the only college in the region to have our own charity, the Gateshead College Foundation. You can apply to the Foundation for help with;

  • Travel to work experience placements
  • Smart clothes for job or university interviews
  • Travel to university interviews
  • Competition entry fees
  • Conference tickets or trip costs


How to apply

You can apply to the Gateshead College Foundation during the first few weeks of term or at any point during your time with us. 

If you are 19 to 23 and are studying your first full Level 3 qualification you might be able to get a grant to help pay for your course. You can choose to fund your Level 3 qualification with either a grant or an Advanced Learner Loan, but you choose to fund it with an Advanced Learner Loan, you lose your entitlement to grant funding.


Advanced Learner Loans

If you’re over 19 and want to study a Level 3 to 6 qualification, which includes A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other vocational qualifications, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of the course fees.

Loans aren’t based on your household income and you don’t pay anything back until you earn over £25,000.

If you study an Access course and go onto complete a higher education course or degree, the loan will be ‘written off’ which means you don’t have to repay it.

Everything you need to know about Advanced Learning Loans is here.

More information on loans for Access to HE Diplomas can be found here.


How to Apply

You’ll need to know which course you wish to study and get a Learning and Funding Information letter from our Customer Services Team. They can be contacted on:

T: 0191 490 2246
E: start@gateshead.ac.uk

You can then apply to Student Finance England here

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