Most students have to live on a very tight budget. We know it isn’t easy, but our Student Services team are here to help.
If you are a UK or EU student aged 18 years or under on the 31st August of the year you start the course, there are no tuition fees to pay.
If you are a UK or EU student aged 19 years or over on the 31st August of the year you start the course, you may have fees to pay. However, if you are 19 or over you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your tuition fees. (Further information can be found below.)
Please note, if you are applying for your first level 3 course (including Access to Higher Education) and you are aged between 19 and 23, then your course is free, so you don’t need a loan!
Students in receipt of benefits should contact Student Services.
There are additional costs that all students will need to consider, such as our Campus Fee (£70 per academic year) and the cost of necessary equipment and clothing. This varies from course to course, please ask the staff at an Open Event for more details.
What is the Campus Fee?
A Campus Fee is payable by all full-time further education students. As at other colleges, the fee contributes to enrichment activities for students throughout the academic year, including the cost of trips and visits.
The annual £70 fee is compulsory and non-refundable.
How much does it cost to get to College?
If you are on a full-time further education course you can access our free transport network. Find out more about our free transport.
I don't think I can afford to come to college, what can I do?
What happens if I get into debt whilst at college?
We can help you with budgeting advice and discuss funds that are available at your interview and during your time with us.
Does the college offer any bursaries?
We certainly do. Further information can be found below.
There are a range of options available to college students requiring financial support, including funds and loans, as detailed below. Contact our Student Services team if you have any questions about these.
Residential Bursary Fund
The Residential Bursary fund provides financial support with the residential accommodation costs for students aged 16 and above who are attending a qualifying full-time Further Education course and cannot reasonably travel on a daily basis. The residential bursary fund is means tested on household income and to qualify the household income must be below £33,000.
The Residential Bursary fund is allocated on a sliding scale. The 2022/23 scale is shown below.
|Income Below||Residential Bursary|
|£23,000 or below||£5,964|
|£23,001 - £28,000||£4,772|
|£28,001 - £33,000||£2,982|
Residential Bursaries are only available against standard rooms, therefore students in receipt of a Residential Bursary will not be allocated an ensuite room.
The Vulnerable Bursary
The Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200 is available for those in care, care leavers, those on income support and those students who receive both the disability allowance and the employment support allowance.
As you are a Riseholme College student, you may be eligible to apply for the Discretionary Bursary which is designed to support you with travel expenses, meals and course related equipment, clothing and books/resources, etc. In order to be eligible, you must:
- Be enrolled on a Riseholme Further Education course of study
- Have an annual taxable household income of £33,000 or less.
Please click here complete our online application form via PayMyStudent. Alternatively, you can download a paper copy of our application form which can be found below. This can be returned as a digital copy to firstname.lastname@example.org OR as a paper copy to Student Services along with any required evidence. The successful completion of the application form will be followed by and advisory questionnaire to ascertain your requirements.
Childcare Assistance – 20+ Childcare Fund
The student must fulfil the following criteria in order to apply:
- Be enrolled on a Further Education course at Riseholme College
- Be aged 20 years and over when the course starts
- Use a childcare provider that is OFSTED registered
- Be able to demonstrate through the application process that they are in financial hardship and require this support in order to be able to complete the course.
For further information and application forms, please contact Student Services by emailing email@example.com.