Courses

Search for a course that's right for you

Find my Course

Prospectus

Build your own prospectus for information you want

Prospectus Builder

mySTC

apply now
  • apply now
  • guide Advice and Guidance 1 910px290px
  • South Thames College How to Apply Application process Fees information cost How to sign up

Financial support

For advice on financial support speak to our Welfare Advisers in Student Services at Merton, Tooting or Wandsworth or phone 020 8918 7777 and ask for Student Services.

Read the Student Financial Support Guidelines here.

The Standard 16-19 Bursary Fund

Further Education

If you are studying for a FE qualification, there are a range of financial support options available to you:

  • The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to students aged 16-18 (under 19 on 31st August) with a total household income of less that £26,000 per year, or are in receipt of, or supported by someone who is in receipt of, a qualifying benefit. The funding is offered to assist students to continue in full time education and training, by providing a contribution towards the costs of attending College such as transport, food, equipment, UCAS applications, university visits/interviews and other course related costs. This fund is also available to students aged 19-25 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and to students aged 19 or over and continuing on the second year of a study programme which began when they were aged 18.

Please note that this is a limited fund. Students will need to meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 85% attendance to receive support. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Am I eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

To be eligible you must meet the criteria above and:

  • Be an enrolled student on a full time government funded course.
  • Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain

The Priority Bursary Fund of £1,200 per year is available to young people aged 16-18 who are in one of the following priority groups:

  • In care
  • Care leaver
  • Disabled young person receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your own name
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your own name

Please note that although a student may be eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary because they are in one of the above groups, they may not necessarily have an actual financial need and the College has the right to refuse a student's application on this basis. Students are awarded a bursary based on the amount they actually need to participate at College and therefore may not receive the full £1,200 if that is not what they need.

  • The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is available to students aged 19 years and over (on the 31st of August), who have a total household income of less than £26,000 per year, or are in receipt of, or supported by someone who is in receipt of, a qualifying benefit. The funding is offered to assist them to continue in full time education and training by providing a contribution towards the costs of attending college such as transport, childcare (students who are 20+ only), equipment, UCAS applications, university visits/interviews and other course related costs.

Please note that this is a limited fund. Students will need to meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 85% attendance to receive support. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Am I eligible for the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund?

To be eligible you must meet the criteria above and:

  • Be an enrolled student on a government funded course.
  • Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain

The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary is available to students aged 19-23 (on the 31st of August) who already have a Level 3 qualification, or aged 24 or over (on the 31st of August) and are studying a Level 3 or Level 4 course. Students must have an approved Advanced Learner loan and a total household income of less than £26,000 per year, or are in receipt of, or supported by someone who is in receipt of, a qualifying benefit. The funding is offered to assist them to continue in full time education and training by providing a contribution towards the costs of attending college such as transport, childcare (student who are 20+), equipment, UCAS applications, university visits/interviews and other course related costs.

Please note that this is a limited fund. Students will need to meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 85% attendance to receive support. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Am I eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund?

To be eligible you must meet the criteria above and:

  • Have an approved Advanced Learner Loan.
  • Be an enrolled student on a government funded course.
  • Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain

What support is available for Childcare?

All 3 and 4 year-olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to up to 30 hours of free education each week for 38 weeks of the year.  

If you are a young parent under the age of 20 at the start of your course, you could be eligible for the Care2 Learn scheme. Please contact Student Bursary Support Service: www.gov.uk/care-to-learn Phone: 0300 303 8610

Am I eligible for a Childcare Bursary with South Thames college Group?

To be eligible, you must meet the same criteria from either the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund or The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary and:

  • be aged 20 or over at the start of your course
  • Use an Ofsted registered and public liability insured Childcare provider.

Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to students who are progressing with South Thames College Group and were in receipt of a childcare bursary in the previous academic year.

Please note that this is a limited fund. Students will need to meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 85% attendance to receive support. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Application Process

If you are eligible and would like to apply for one of the bursary funds shown above, please visit the link below to complete an online application. The link will be live from the 20th of August 2020. If you need further guidance during the online application process, please contact the Student Support Team at your Campus.

https://stcg.paymystudent.com/portal

Student Guidance Notes to applying for the Bursary online - Young Learners - 16-18

Student Guidance Notes to applying for the Bursary online - Adult Learners – 19+ and Childcare Bursary

What Happens Next?

Once your application has been successfully processed, you will receive an email notifying you of the amounts allocated and the dates your payments are due. The email will be sent to the address provided by you at enrolment, so please make sure the College has your correct details or we will not be able to contact you about our bursary application. This email address, is also where any notification of non-payment and other correspondence will be sent. If you need to change any information, please contact the Admissions department in your college.

Can I appeal against the College's decision?

You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the Student Support Team.

How will I be paid?

Bursary payments

The Bursary is paid on a weekly basis (two weeks in arrears). Payments are dependent on you having a weekly attendance of 85%.  If you wish to appeal a decision for non-payment, please initially go to your school office, attendance monitor or tutor, with your non-payment email. They will be able to check your registers and let you know why they believe your attendance was marked below the acceptable level of 85% for that particular week. If you believe this is incorrect, please discuss with your tutor and ask them to amend the registers or talk to a member of the Student Support team who will support you with this.

The Bursary is paid directly into your bank account, so you will need to have an account in your own name. If you need support or guidance with opening a bank account, or there is a reason you cannot have one in your own name, please speak to a member of the Student Support team at your Campus.

Childcare payments

The Childcare bursary will be paid directly to the provider, once per half term.

Higher Education

The Higher Education Inclusion Fund is a limited fund to support undergraduate/ higher education students who have exceptional or unexpected and unavoidable financial difficulties despite having received all financial support available to them. Please check the Fees and Funding section of the Undergraduate page of any of the South Thames Colleges Group websites for details of how to apply.

THREE types of bursaries are available to higher education/undergraduate students studying at a college within the South Thames Colleges Group. Please see below for details and eligibility;

Internal College Progression and School Leavers Bursary [from non-selective state Schools with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton, and Elmbridge Borough Council] for students with lower household incomes and who live in the areas of highest economic deprivation

The College continues to offer “progression bursaries” to higher education /undergraduate students progressing from one of the Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group, or a non-selective state school from the geographical areas above, and from a level 3/Access course to a full time higher education/undergraduate programme (from situations of lower household incomes and who live in the areas of highest economic deprivation). The bursary of £500 will be paid (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount, or as a cash payment to a bank account. The eligibility for this bursary will be that the applicant;

  • has progressed from a L3 course at one of the colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group or a nonselective state school located in the boroughs/councils above;
  • holds a firm offer to study on one of South Thames Colleges Group’s higher education courses in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • lives at an address identified as within IMD Quintile 1 ( (the website https://tools.npeu.ox.ac.uk/imd/ can assist in identifying this);
  • has not studied at university/higher education level (4 and above) before; and
  • that neither parents of the applicant hold a university/higher education level qualification,
  • or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years old on 1 September 2020).
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

Bursaries for disabled students studying a higher education/undergraduate course at South Thames Colleges Group

The College will offer a new bursary scheme available to higher education/ undergraduate students with a disability studying at a college within the South Thames Colleges Group of £500 each (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount on fees or as cash bursary. The details and eligibility for this bursary appear below;

  • holds a firm offer to study on one of South Thames Colleges Group’s higher education/undergraduate courses in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • has not studied at university/higher education level (4 and above) before;
  • and has evidence of the award of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

Bursaries for Care Leavers entering higher education/undergraduate courses at South Thames Colleges Group

Bursaries of £500 each will be available (the whole amount payable in the year of study of the application), either as a partial fee discount on fees or as cash to Care Leavers studying a higher education/undergraduate at one of the South Thames Colleges Group colleges. The eligibility for this bursary will be that the applicant;

  • holds a firm offer to study at South Thames College Group in academic year 2020/21;
  • is eligible to receive student finance (maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students);
  • has a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) at £25,000 or less;
  • has not studied at higher education/university level (level 4 and above) before;
  • and the applicant is a care leaver.
  • This bursary will not be available to a student who has previously received a South Thames Colleges Group HE Bursary.
  • Students cannot be awarded more than one type of HE bursary.

For more information and application forms check the Fees and Funding section of the Undergraduate page of any of the South Thames Colleges Group websites.

Financial help for university-level courses

If you've been accepted on a higher education course and you have a disability, learning difficulty or medical condition that affects your learning, you could be eligible for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). For details on eligibility and how to apply, click here. You should apply for DSA as soon as possible.

Adult leisure courses

You might be able to get a discount on some of our adult courses if you are 60 or older or are receiving income-based benefit.

To get a discounted course fee you need to come in to enrol at Student Services at any of our campuses - you can't enrol over the phone. You will need to bring proof of benefits or age. Proof of benefit status needs to be from the last two months.

Please note you may still have to pay a materials fee on some courses.