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Financial Support for Higher Education Students

A range of support is available for higher education students including the Access to Learning Fund, childcare support, undergraduate and postgraduate support.

Student Finance England – Undergraduate Support

The quickest way to apply for financial support such as tuition fee loan and maintenance loan is online at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Students should not wait until they have accepted a place to apply for their student finance, they should just use their preferred choice of programme which they can then change at a later date if needed.

It can take up to six weeks for applications to be processed and students are advised to apply for their support as soon as the online application launches – for up to date information about the application launch and deadline dates please visit:


Additional Support

Depending on a student’s individual circumstances, they may also be eligible to apply for additional financial support through Student Finance England.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Students who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (for example dyslexia) can apply for a Disabled Students Allowance which can help with additional costs such as specialist equipment etc.

For additional information on this, please visit:


Childcare Support for Higher Education Students

Students requiring support with the cost of childcare may be eligible to receive either a Childcare Grant or a Parents Learning Allowance to help them meet these costs.

Both of these are non-repayable and are paid in addition to any other student finance that the student is receiving through Student Finance England.

For further information on childcare support, please visit:


Student Finance England – Postgraduate Support

Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course from 2016 onwards will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.

The loan will be:

  • a contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • non-means tested;
  • paid directly to the student

For further details on this support, please visit:


Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund provided by Doncaster College’s ‘Student Opportunity Funding’ for the provision of additional financial support to eligible ‘home’ undergraduate and postgraduate students with the additional costs of study & emergency support for students who encounter unforeseen severe financial hardship whilst studying (a home student is defined as a person who meets certain residency conditions and these conditions also apply to eligibility for Student Finance England, usually this means you must have an unrestricted right to enter and remain in the UK and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for five years prior to the start of the course. None of this time must have been wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education. Students who are classified as EU or overseas for fees purposes are not eligible to apply to the Access to Learning Fund). Support through the Access to Learning is based on a student’s individual assessment and support is not guaranteed and nor should it be seen as an entitlement.

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​​Care Leaver Bursary Award Programme

The University Centre is supporting Care Leavers with a non-repayable bursary to assist them with their course related costs whilst on programme.

The Care Leaver Bursary Award Programme will be available to undergraduate students who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Are enrolled onto a full-time/part-time undergraduate programme of study
  • Have Care Leaver status which must be confirmed by the last local authority for which the student was registered with
  • Are a UK resident which must also be confirmed by the last local authority for which the student was last registered with
  • Are funded by Student Finance England
  • Are aged between 18 and 25 (age taken as of 31/08/22)

If you meet all of the above eligibility criteria, please complete and submit the Care Leaver Bursary Award Programme application form as soon as possible.

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