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.

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

Click here to apply online or download a printable form.

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.

Go here to apply online

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 £27,295.

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.

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

Other Benefits

All students get free copies of Microsoft Office for any device; laptop, PC, tablet and phone.

All students get free membership to our three fantastic gyms at Baltic Campus, Skills Academy for Construction and the Academy for Sport, all packed with weight-training and cardio equipment, changing rooms and showers. 

Daily parking is free at all our campuses. You just need to pick up a Permit for £10 for the year. You can do this in your first few weeks of term.

As a Gateshead College student you can apply for an NUS Extra Student Discount Card. For just £12 a year you’ll get exclusive discounts at all your favourite places including Amazon, Odeon, ASOS and Pizza Express. www.nus.org.uk

If you’re under 20 you can apply to the Care to Learn scheme for help with childcare costs and travel expenses. Or you can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary (see above).

You can apply to the Care to Learn scheme online at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or if you do not have access to internet you can contact Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989.

With two discounted salons open to students and the public, there’s no excuse for not being ready for a job interview or night out.

Our Baltic Salon and Spa at Baltic Campus offers a full range of discounted hair and beauty treatments starting from just £4.

We offer a free and impartial careers service to all our students and prospective students who need help in deciding what to study or where to progress to after college. We can help with;

  • Careers advice
  • CV writing and job applications
  • University applications
  • Applying for Apprenticeships

You see the team at any Enrolment Event, or make an appointment by calling 0191 490 2216.

If figuring out your finances makes your head hurt, don’t worry you’re not alone. Our expert Finance Advisers can help with;

  • Understanding welfare benefits and what your entitled to
  • How to get out of debt
  • Understanding council tax and mortgage payments
  • Applying for Student Loans and childcare costs