Financial Assistance

Fees, Loans and Bursaries

From assistance with bursary funds, childcare, to college transport and student loans.

Boston College aims to provide you with the best advice and guidance on financial support whatever your situation, all designed to support you throughout your studies.

Course Fees

For those students aged between 16-18 on the 31st August of the year they start their course, they will not have to pay any course tuition fees on full time courses.

For those students aged 19 on the 31st August of the year they start their course, fees will vary, but some concessions may be available depending on their circumstances.

College Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and allows the College to help those students who are living on low incomes or experience financial difficulties. For those aged between 16-19 on the 31st August 2018, over 19 and have an EHCP, or over 19 and classed as a 19+ returner may qualify for help with transport, course materials, uniform, food credit and trips.

16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form 2018-19

16-19 Bursary Fund Guidance Notes 2018-19

Course Fees

Boston College course fees vary for those students aged 19 and over, depending on current financial circumstances, previous qualifications and the chosen course to study.

Advanced Learner Loans

Those students studying a course at Level 3 or above may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan, which will help towards course fees. Similar to a student loan, no repayments will be made until they are earning £25,000 a year. Household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Eligibility depends on the chosen course, nationality and age.

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19+ Learner Support Fund

The EFA provides the College with funds to help those adult learners who are living on low incomes or experience financial difficulties. The fund can be used to help with transport, food credit, and tuition fees (exceptional circumstances).

19+ Learner Support Fund Application Form 2018-19

19+ Learner Support Fund Guidance Notes 2018-19

Loan Bursary Fund

The Loan Bursary Fund is aimed at helping those learners who are funding their learning with an Advanced Learning Loan only. The fund can be used to help with childcare, transport, food credit and if not covered by the Advanced Learner Loan, course materials, uniform and trips.

Loan Bursary Fund Application Form 2018-19

Loan Bursary Fund Guidance Notes 2018-19

Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget is enabling more eligible adult to access FULL funding for courses up to Level 2 to break down the barriers between learning and unaffordable course fees: 

You may qualify for FREE courses by meeting the following:

  • Be aged 19 or older on the first day of the course
  • Be either unemployed or earning less than £15,736.60 (annual gross salary) a year and on the assumption of a 37.5 hour contract


Finance Support for Childcare

Those students aged 20 and over who are parents can also apply for financial support for childcare in addition to the main 19+ Loan bursary application. The support can be used towards any childcare provider which is Ofsted registered.

For those students under 20 years old, you may qualify for support from Care to Learn. Please see the section below for more information on Care to Learn.

Choosing to study a University Level course at Boston College can be considerably cheaper than going to university.

Student Loans

By studying a University Level course at Boston College, students are entitled to apply for a Student Loan through Student Finance England. The amount of the loan will depend on individual circumstances, and repayments will only start once you earn over £25,000 per year*

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There is also an array of additional financial support available including:

  • Maintenance Loans
  • Disabled Students' Allowance
  • Adult Dependants' Grant
  • Parents' Learning Allowance
  • Childcare Grant

*Providing eligibility criteria are met - contact Student Finance England on 0845 300 50 90 for more details.

Care to Learn

If you are a parent aged under 20 and want to start or return to learning, Care to Learn may be able to pay for your childcare.

Useful contact - 0845 600 2809 or

Travelling to College

Boston College offer FREE transport to help with the cost of travelling to College.

For more information and to find out if you qualify for free transport, please visit the 'Travelling to College' page.

Biometrics Cashless System

Boston College operates a biometric recognition system.

This allows the College to make the best use of systems such as cashless catering, which offers the benefit of increased security for handling cash transactions in the College.

Bio-metrics Cashless System Application Form

Please note, that if you are under 18, parental permission is required.

Financial Documents

Need Some More Advice?

If you need any additional information or if you have any further questions regarding the College's financial assistance, you can ask to speak to the Student Finance Officer by either visiting the Learner Services Team within Rochford's Main Reception or by calling 01205 313218


You can download our course guide