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Our Student Services team are always on hand to give information and advice on financial issues, including grants, fees, student loans, bursaries and money management.

We’ve popped the answers to some of our most common questions below, but please pop along to an Open Event or contact our Student Services team if you have any queries.

How Much Does it Cost to Study at College?

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.

Pay for your Campus Fee via our online shop.

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?

Speak to our Student Services team at Open Events or contact them now. They will be able to identify the specific financial support that is available according to your needs and circumstances.

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.

Financial Support for College Students

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.

Sources of financial help that may be available to you include:

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 2019 / 20 scale is shown below.

Income Below Residential Bursary
£23,000 or below £5,186
£23,001 - £28,000 £4,127
£28,001 - £33,000 £2,936

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 £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.

Riseholme Maintenance Allowance (RMA)

The Riseholme Maintenance Allowance (£500) is a source of financial support for those FE students from low income households.

The College distributes this funding to eligible students following a means-tested application process. This process will identify those students in greatest financial need. For successful applicants, funds will be released to those who have high attendance and show commitment to their course. Payments are made in instalments across the academic year and paid directly into the student's bank account.

General Hardship Fund

For those students that have additional financial needs and can demonstrate financial hardship and have accessed all other sources of support, the General Hardship Fund may be able to assist with course related costs and in emergency circumstances where money may be an issue.

For further information please contact Student Services by calling 0800 731 8281 or emailing enquiries@riseholme.ac.uk.

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 enquiries@riseholme.ac.uk.