It is our aim to signpost our learners to as much useful information about financial support available to them, however we do not endeavour to provide formal financial advice.

If you need any support or guidance, please contact our Student Services on enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.


16 – 18

(and anyone aged 19 -25 who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) ). Please note, if you are studying an apprenticeship you are unable to apply for funding support.

Course Fees

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 you will learn for FREE. Please talk to our team of Customer Advisers for details: enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Bursary Assistance Available

If your household income for 2018 / 19 was below £31,000 you qualify for financial help to support your studies. You can apply for financial support using the 16-18 Bursary Application Form below.

Evidence of household income MUST be attached to any individual bursary funding application and must be one or more of the following (as applicable):

  • P60’s
  • 2019 / 20 Tax Credits Award notice, showing income for 2018 / 19
  • March 2019 payslip (if this shows income for the year)
  • Employment History for 2018 / 19 from HMRC
  • Out-of-work benefits letter less than 3 months old.  If older, please supply a current bank statement showing any benefits are still live
  • Latest verified accounts of Self Employment
  • Local Authority Letter (Guaranteed Bursary applicants only)

Support can include:

– Travel Pass – if your address is over 3 miles from college

– FIRST KERNOW Discount card – if you are 17+ and your address is under 3 miles from college

– Guaranteed Bursary – this is for anyone who is:

  • In care
  • A care leaver
  • Aged 16-18 in receipt of Income support or Universal Credit in their own right.
  • Aged 16-18 receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit.

16-18 Bursary Application Form 2019-2020

– Free College Meals – if you qualified for Free School Meals you can now apply for Free College Meals:

Apply for Free College Meals

– Childcare Support – if you are aged 16-19 you can apply for support with childcare costs via Care to Learn:

Apply for Childcare Support

– 16-18 Residential Support – if you are studying a Further Education course, your daily return travelling time would be more than 2 hours and your household income is less than £40,000, you may be eligible for assistance with accommodation costs:

16 – 18 Residential Bursary Application 2019-20


19+ and Advanced Learner Loans

Course Fees

Fees vary depending on course and any available concessions. Please talk to our team of Customer Advisers for details: enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Bursary Assistance Available

If your household income for 2018 / 19 was below £31,000 you qualify for financial help to support your studies.

Evidence of household income MUST be attached to any individual bursary funding application and must be one or more of the following (as applicable):

  • P60’s
  • 2019 / 20 Tax Credits Award notice, showing income for 2018 / 19
  • March 2019 payslip (if this shows income for the year)
  • Employment History for 2018 / 19 from HMRC
  • Out-of-work benefits letter less than 3 months old.  If older, please supply a current bank statement showing any benefits are still live
  • Latest verified accounts of Self Employment
  • Local Authority Letter (Guaranteed Bursary applicants only)

You can apply for a:

– Travel Mileage – travel allowance of 20p per mile for attended timetabled days. Allowance capped at a maximum of £70 per month.

– Travel Pass – if available

– Tuition Fee Support – for selected Level 2 courses and below

19+ Bursary Application Form 2019-20

– Childcare Support – if you are aged 20+, the fund can support childcare costs in excess of government funded hours required to attend your course. The fund is capped at £4,000 per child and £6 per hour. A maximum of 3 children can be supported to cover timetabled hours plus pick up and drop off time. It cannot cover any self-study hours.

Childcare Information Form 2019-20

– 19 – 30 Residential Support – if you are studying a full-time level 2 or 3 course, your daily return travelling time would be more than 2 hours and your household income is less than £31,000, you may be eligible for assistance with lodgings costs. Please note, this is not for students who relocate. This support is for students who are expected to retain their home address. 

19-30 Residential Bursary Form 2019-20

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are 19 or older you can apply for a tuition fee loan for eligible Level 3 courses and above. These loans are not means-tested and there is no household income limit. You can still apply to the 19+ Bursary Fund for travel allowance and childcare support (subject to eligibility criteria), but please note that bursary funding cannot be awarded until evidence of your loan is provided. Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans:

Advanced Learner Loans Information Leaflet

Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan


University Programme Applicants

For a full breakdown of our tuition fees go to: HE FEES 2019-20

HE Fee information for previous years: Historical HE Fee Information

*EU students may incur an international fee depending on their entry date into the UK. More information can be found at: ukcisa.org.uk 

Higher Education Student Finance – 2019 entry

Tuition Fees for the Cornwall College Group remain competitive and affordable for the forthcoming academic year.  Student finance is available for most new learners starting a degree level programme.  If you have not studied at degree level previously you can apply for funding by going to www.gov.uk/student-finance

What do we spend your tuition fees on?  Our Value for Money Statement explains this in further detail:

Our Value for Money Statement

Tuition Fee loan

The majority of home and EU students (regardless of household income) can borrow up to the full tuition fee for their course from the Student Loans Company. Therefore, you won’t have to pay anything towards the cost of your tuition until completion of your studies.  This applies to full and part-time programmes.

The money will be paid directly to us on your behalf and the earliest you start repaying is when your income is over £480 a week or £2,083 a month (before tax and other deductions).

Maintenance loan

You can also apply for a maintenance loan to help towards the cost of living, and this is paid directly to you. For full details please go to gov.uk/student-finance

Postgraduate Loan (MA/MSc)

Further information can be found at gov.uk/student-finance

If you are applying for Student Finance it is important that you do so as early as possible, applications open early in the New Year for the next September’s entry. 

For further details on our Access Agreement detailing our commitment to financially supporting our higher education learners, please go to the link below:

Access Agreement 2019-20

If you have previously studied at degree level we strongly advise that you contact Student Finance England to find out whether or not you are eligible for financial assistance.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) is delighted to offer a selection of scholarships and bursaries for 2019/20 to help support your university studies. Click here to read more.

Additional grants for students with dependents

If you have children or adult dependents you may be eligible for additional means tested grants, such as the Childcare grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance and Adult Dependents’ grant. More information can be found at:  sfengland.slc.co.uk

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are extra help for HE students who have a disability, a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, ADHD or dyspraxia.

To find out how and when to apply for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA), watch this video youtube.com

To fill out a DSA form online, go to gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas/how-to-claim

Useful Downloads:

How to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance (HE students)

Determination of Higher Education Programme Fees 2019-20