Financial Assistance

Fees, Loans and Bursaries

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

Whatever your situation, Boston College aims to provide you with the best advice and guidance on financial support available, 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, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, 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 (ESFA) and allows the College to help learners overcome specific financial barriers, so they can remain in education. Those aged 16-19 or over 19 and have an EHCP or over 19 and classed as a '19+ continuer' on the 31st August 2019, may qualify for help with transport, course materials, uniform and, for those receiving qualifying benefits, food credit. 

16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form 2019-20

16-19 Bursary Fund Guidance Notes 2019-20

Care to Learn

For parents aged under 20, who would like to start or return to learning, Care to Learn may be able to pay towards childcare costs.

Useful contact - 0800 121 8989, or

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.

Before applying for a Advanced Learner Loan, we advise that you seek impartial money advice, consider your own financial situation and look into all of the options available to you.

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Adult Education Budget

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

You may qualify for FREE Level 2 or below courses by meeting the following:

  • Be aged 19 or older on the 31st August. 
  • Be either unemployed and receiving JSA, ESA or Universal Credit OR be earning less than £16,009.50 (annual gross salary) a year.

19+ Learner Support Fund

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) provides the College with funds through the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to help adult learners overcome financial barriers so they can start or stay in education. The fund can be used to help with transport, food credit, childcare fees, books, equipment, and when not covered by funding, tuition fees (exceptional circumstances). 

19+ Learner Support Fund Application Form 2019-20

19+ Learner Support Fund Guidance Notes 2019-20

Loan Bursary Fund

The Loan Bursary Fund, provided through ESFA, is aimed at helping those learners who are funding their learning with an Advanced Learning Loan, to overcome barriers which may prevent them from taking part it or continuing their learning. The fund can be used to help with childcare fees, transport, food credit and if not covered by the Advanced Learner Loan, course materials, uniform and trips.

Loan Bursary Fund Application Form 2019-20

Loan Bursary Fund Guidance Notes 2019-20

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 to pay for your childcare.

Useful contact - 0845 600 2809 or

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*

Before applying for a Student Loan, we advise that you seek impartial money advice, consider your own financial situation and look into all of the options available to you.

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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.

Travelling to College

Boston College offers FREE transport and contributions to transport costs for those learners who qualify. 

For more information and to find out if you qualify for support with 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

If you wish to pay your fees by direct debit you will need to complete the Direct Debit Mandate in conjunction with the Direct Debit Policy.

If your employer has agreed to pay your fees then you will need to fill in the 'Employer Agreement Form'.

If you are studying an Adult Bite-size course, please refer to our Community Learning Fees Policy to find full information on concessions available and how to receive a refund.

Should you require a refund for your course, you will need to use the ‘Refund Request Form’ in conjunction with the ‘Refund Request Policy’.

To help you identify if you are required to pay fees for your course, please refer to our Tuition Fees Policy 2019-20

Need Some More Advice?

If you need any additional information or if you have any further questions regarding fees, loans and bursaries, please call our Information Line on 01205 313218, who will be able to direct you to the most appropriate department. 

You can download our course guide