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Financial Support for Students Aged 19+


We offer a number of different support options for 19+ students, including a bursary fund, childcare support, and Advanced Learning Loans.

Financial Assistance 2022/2023

If you are aged 19+ (age taken as of 31st August 2022), you may be eligible for financial assistance towards the costs of your studies where you can evidence that you have a household income of less than £32,000pa (net income).

Applying online is quick and easy and you do not need to be enrolled to start your application.  Simply follow the ‘Guide to Applying’ and provide the requested evidence.  Please ensure you provide all the evidence requested as failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

When completing your online application, please remember the following.

  • You must have an up-to-date email address recorded on college records, without this, you will not receive your activation email.  Please check with Student Services @ DCInfoCentre@don.ac.uk if you are unsure what email address is held on college records for you.
  • When entering your student ID number, only enter the digits not the ‘DC’ or the ‘DC00’ prefix.

If you have registered for financial assistance previously, you do not need to register again, you just need to login using your previous login details.  If you have forgotten your password for your login, click on the ‘Forgotten password’ link and follow the instructions

Apply Online

To apply for financial assistance online, please visit the following link:

Financial Assistance Application Link.

Please note: If you are a Higher Education student, please do not complete this online application, and instead refer to our Higher Education Financial Assistance page.

Guide to Applying

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If you have any questions/queries regarding the Financial Assistance Application, please email FinancialAssist@don.ac.uk.

Advanced Learning Loans

Students aged 19-23 who are studying their first full Level 3 qualification will be entitled to have their fees publicly funded and will not require an Advanced Learner Loan.

Students aged 19+ who already hold a full Level 3 qualification or above and wish to enrol onto a further qualification at the same level may wish to consider being funded through an Advanced Learner Loan if they do not meet any other fee remission.  Fee remissions will be discussed at enrolment, or you can contact DCInfoCentre@don.ac.uk for further information prior to enrolment.

Where an Advanced Learner Loan needs to be considered, a Funding and Information Letter will be sent to you.  This letter will have all of the information you require to be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Loan eligibility does not depend on a student’s income and there are no credit checks.  Repayment of the loan only starts when the student has completed their programme of study and they are earning more than £27,295 (gross) a year.

Students enrolling on to an Access to HE programme will have their Advanced Learner Loan written off where they go on to complete a HE Undergraduate programme that is funded by Student Finance England.

To find out more and to make an application for an Advanced Learner Loan, please visit the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Where students are fully funded by an Advanced Learner Loan they are advised to refer to the above information regarding financial assistance as they may be eligible for financial support to help with the cost of their studies through this.