Student Finance

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Student finance

Confused by fees or need financial support?

The Student Finance Team supports students who, for whatever reason, need financial help to complete their studies.

Each year The Bournemouth & Poole College receives money from the Government for financial bursaries. They can help with a contribution towards the cost of travelling to The College, course equipment and course costs and so help students achieve their goals and successfully complete their course.

We can’t guarantee funding as it’s subject to what is made available from the Government, and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.

Finance is a complex area, so if you have any questions or need more information please contact the Student Finance team on 01202 205660 or e-mail

Apply for Student Finance

You can apply for financial support during enrolment via the online portal.

What Can I Apply For?

The funding available to you depends upon various factors such as your age, course, household income and any other government funding you are in receipt of.

Please use our eligibility calculator below to find out what you may be eligible for, depending upon the evidence you are able to provide us.

Student Finance Eligibility Calculator

Is the student between 16 and 18 years old on 31 August 2020?

Applications Form, Policies and Guidance

You can apply for our bursary through the online enrolment portal. Students that have already indicated that they wish to receive the Finance Pack, will be notified by either email or text when the portal is live.

If you are 20 years old and require funding for childcare, please complete the Childcare Application online.  If you are under 20 at the start of your course, please refer to Care2Learn.

Fee Waivers

If you are 19 years or older as of August 31st 2020 you may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver. For more information on fee waivers please contact the enrolment team on 01202 205611.

Flexible Payment Options

If you are not eligible for our financial support or you still have further fees to pay, you can opt to pay your course fees in full at the time of enrolment or, if you prefer, you can choose to pay in instalments.  In this event you would pay 20% of your course fee by cash or credit/debit card when you enrol, followed by eight equal monthly direct debit payments (to be paid in full by the end of your course). You will need to set up your Direct Debit mandate when you enrol.

For more information or to set up your direct debit please contact the enrolment team on 01202 205611.

Dorset Community Foundation Bursary

Two bursary funds managed by local charity the Dorset Community Foundation supports young people aged 16-25 who are looking to start or continue their  professional and technical (job-related) courses.

The Superior STEM Bursary fund (for Science, Technology, Engineering or maths courses) and the Dorset Community Foundation's Bursary Scheme focus on supporting particularly disadvantaged young people and applicants will have to evidence financial need.

More information is available from our Student Finance team or from the Dorset Community Foundation at

Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19-23 and undertaking your second Level 3 qualification or are 24+ and undertaking a Level 3 course you can apply for the Advanced Learning Loan. This loan will pay for your tuition fees, and you will not start paying it back until you are earning over £25,000 a year.

If you take out the Advanced Learning Loan and you are studying an Access to HE course, the loan repayments will be void if you go on to successfully complete a university degree.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the website:

Apprenticeship Care Leaver Bursary

Applicants must be aged between16-24, have lived in the care of the local authority (for a period of 13 weeks after the age of 14), be in their first year of an apprenticeship and attending College. Only eligible for students who are in their first apprenticeship and have not claimed this previously. The application can be found through the online enrolment portal.

Higher Education Funding

Students studying a higher education course such as a foundation degree, degree or HND should apply directly to Student Finance England for funding:

Students can also apply for an HE Bursary, full details of eligibility and evidence required, can be found with the online application, through the enrolment portal.