Student finance and funding

Find out about the different types of funding and finance options available for students.

Student finance options

When you're a student, applying for funding can be confusing. Some finance and funding options are available to everyone while others depend on the type of course, your age and background. 

If you're under 19 years old

If you're under 19 years old, your education is usually free. This means you do not have to pay any tuition fees, although there will sometimes be costs for things such as equipment or trips.

About the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund

You may get a bursary to help with education related costs like:

  • clothing
  • books
  • equipment
  • transport
  • lunch on the days you study and train

Find out about the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, or speak to student services at your college or training provider to find out how to apply.

Help with childcare costs

Find out about the Care to Learn scheme, which can help with childcare costs while you study. To be eligible, you must be under 20 years old at the start of your course.

You could get up to £160 per child per week, or more if you live in London. Childcare payments go to your childcare provider, who must be registered with Ofsted.

If you already claim benefits

Speak to your Department of Work and Pensions coach about the funding you may be able to access.

If you're applying for university

You may be eligible to get money to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs. You could apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan.

You might get extra money on top of this, if you’re on a low income, are disabled or have children.

The amount you receive depends on the course and your individual or family circumstances.

Find out more on the UCAS website.

Adult learners

Find out more about funding for adult education for adult learners.