4. Financial help
You may be able to get help with the costs of:
- your course
- day-to-day living costs
Depending on your circumstances and the subject you’re studying, you may qualify for:
- Discretionary Learner Support
- Residential Support Scheme
- Care to Learn
- Dance and Drama Awards
- Professional and Career Development Loans
- 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
- a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course if you’re 19 or older - called an Advanced Learning Loan
Funding for essential skills
In most cases you won’t have to pay for level 1 and 2 English and maths courses. You might be able to take other courses for free.
Funding if you’re on benefits
You can get free training if you’re unemployed and:
- claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance
- in an Employment and Support Allowance work-related activity group
- required to do training as part of your Universal Credit claim
Your Jobcentre work coach will tell you what training you can do.
If you’re claiming other benefits or can’t get free training through your job centre, you may be able to get funding from colleges and training providers.
Funding from a charitable trust
Use the Family Action grant search to check if you can get help from a charitable trust.
Find out more about courses and what financial help you can get through the National Careers Service.