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The costs of learning can be difficult to meet. Depending on your personal and financial circumstances there may be funding available to you to assist you in successfully completing your course. There are some general funds and those that are age or circumstance specific.

Tuition, Exam and Registration Fees

  • 16-18

    If you are a UK/EU citizen and aged between 16-18, you will not need to pay any tuition or registration fees whilst studying a full-time programme with us. For learners under 19 studying Higher Education, fees will apply. A loan maybe available to you from Student Finance England.

    Help with transportation costs, meals and other financial support for eligible students is available through the Newbury College Bursary Fund.

    To find out if you are eligible for help with these costs, please contact Information Services.

    16 to 19 Tuition Fund

    The funding is to support small group tuition for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects where learning has been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning. Students aged 19 to 24 who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan are also eligible for support. All students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and the funding should be used to support the tuition activity above and beyond the programmes of education already planned. It is for students who:

    • have not achieved key practical elements of their vocational programme
    • have not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
    • have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support. These are defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the index of multiple deprivation

    Where required and through student initial assessment, English and maths revision sessions are available at Newbury College during the 2021-2022 academic year, for current 16-19 funded students who did not have a GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at age 16. Young people aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan will have allocated support in line with their needs. These sessions are funded by the 16-19 Tuition Fund which the Government provided, following the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The sessions will be held onsite and will be tutor-led. Sessions may be individual or working within a small group.

  • 19+

    If you are a UK/EU citizen and aged 19 or over at the start of your course, you may need to pay tuition, exam and/or registration fees.

    Community learning (West Berkshire)

    Adults on West Berkshire-funded Community Learning programmes may be eligible for a discount if they meet qualifying criteria. See Community Learning ( for details.


    Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 and above, could qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan from the UK government. Read our guide to 'Everything you need to know about Advanced Learner Loans'.

    It is easy to apply, your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. You won't have to pay anything back until your income is over £2,214 a month (before tax and other deductions). For more information on Advanced Learning Loans visit

    Level 2 and Level 3 Entitlement

    If you are aged 19-23 and do not currently have a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for Level 2 or Level 3 Entitlement. This scheme entitles you to remission on your tuition fees (other fees such as exam fees or the cost of materials must be paid). To find out if you are eligible please contact Information Services.


    Your main costs for higher education will be tuition fees and the cost of books and equipment, however there may also be other costs to consider such as accommodation and living costs. The government offers UK and EU students a higher education tuition fee loan which you only start to repay after graduation, once you are earning over £2,214 a month (before tax and other deductions). Grants and loans for maintenance support may also be available. For more information on student loan rates and maintenance grants visit For learners under 19 studying higher education, fees will also apply. A loan may be available to you from Student Finance England.

    To find out if you are eligible for help with the cost of tuition, exam and registration fees please contact Information Services.

College subscription Fund

Your £15 College Subscription contributes to the following events and facilities:

  • Contribution towards printing costs 
  • Careers events and open days
  • Free on-site parking
  • Transport to extra-curricular events like Stay Safe Stay Alive event and World Skills Exhibition
  • Student ID cards which can be used to access discounts from major retailers and attractions 
  • Enrichment activities including sports events, sports coaches and subsidised gym membership


Depending on your chosen course, there may be costs you have to pay in addition to any course fees, which could include money for books, trips, equipment/materials or specialist clothing. Where courses include additional costs, you will be advised of the costs at enrolment.


The Bursary Fund provides financial help for people who face barriers to staying in education. Bursaries available include:

  • Bursaries of £1,200 a year for the most vulnerable young people aged 16 - 18; and
  • Discretionary bursaries based on individual needs, such as help with the costs of travel, equipment, childcare or free meals

The Bursary Applications for 2024 will be available in late-July.

To find out more about the Bursary Fund take a look at the  pdf Bursary Fund Policy (323 KB)


  • Help With Child Care

    Childcare support for 16-19 year old students is provided through the Care to Learn Scheme.

    You can apply to the Care to Learn team for help with childcare costs provided by a registered child care provider. You will need to apply online via the Care to Learn website. Once you complete the forms online and selected your chosen OFSTED register childcare provider, we will confirm your attendance and payments will be made.

    For more information please contact Information Services or call the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989.

    Child care support for students aged 20 or over may be provided via the Bursary. A Bursary application form will need to be completed.

  • Free Meals

    Free meals are made available for disadvantaged students.

    Students must be:

    • Aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August to be eligible in the current academic year. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.
    • Aged between 19 and 25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and ESF students aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016 are also entitled to a free meal while attending College if they meet the eligibility criteria.

    For the purposes of eligibility for free meals, 'disadvantage' is defined by the students being in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
      The student, or their parent/guardian, must submit an application form.

    As part of the application, evidence must be provided of the qualifying benefits set out above, for example a copy of an award notice or letter from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) (please do not send originals).

    Eligible students will receive an allowance of £2.41 each day they are timetabled to attend their course, to be spent in the College refectory.

    The following groups of student are not eligible for a free meal:

    • students aged 19 or over at the start of their study programme, unless they have an LDA or EHC Plan.
    • apprentices, including those with an LDA or EHC Plan.


Newbury College has made every effort to ensure that information contained within this website is correct however, government eligibility for funding can vary from year to year. Please contact Information Services on 01635 845000 to discuss your eligibility and the types of funding and fee remission you may be entitled to.