Over one hundred thousand pounds of grant funding is being made available to support students working towards a degree in Cornwall and Devon by The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), which includes Duchy College, Cornwall College, Falmouth Marine School, Bicton College and Eden Project Learning.
The aim of the funding is to encourage more people into higher education and to raise aspirations, with grants available for students progressing from our FE courses, part time learners and applicants who live in certain low participation neighbourhoods. We also have 10 X£400 fee waivers for employed people completing their course on a part time basis.
Director of Higher Education at TCCG Dr Andrew Smart explained: “This is an excellent way to support our local community and ensure that Higher Education is open to all in Cornwall, not just those that can afford it. We have a range of grants available from school bursaries to support for those on a low income.”
Fifteen hundred people graduated with The Cornwall College Group last year, that’s 25% of the graduates in Cornwall, making TCCG the second biggest provider of Higher Education in the county.
Dr Smart continued: “University courses at TCCG have undergone significant change with the development of applied, employment-focused foundation degrees. This, alongside an increase in the number of full degrees we run in partnership with Plymouth University, has enhanced the prospects for our students to secure sustainable employment and contribute to the future development of our county.”
One of the biggest barriers students have to overcome when considering university is not an academic one, it’s the fear of debt and concern they may not be able to afford university.
Tuition fees for university study at TCCG remain lower than many institutions starting at £7,500 per year for 2016 to support opportunity for all.
There’s never been a better time to gain a quality degree right in Cornwall, with an incredible range of over 80 programmes at Camborne, Newquay, St Austell, Saltash, Falmouth Marine School or Duchy College at Stoke Climsland, The Eden Project and Rosewarne, providing students with real skills to start the career they want straight away in the county.