Funding & Finance

Whether you are taking your first steps into Further Education, continuing on with your Higher Education studies, or looking for financial assistance to help you make a new start by re-skilling, these pages will help you access the financial support you need whilst you learn.

Discretionary Financial Support

Weymouth College is committed to ensure that financial hardship is not a barrier to support students stay in further education, particularly those who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

If you are already studying or you plan to study at Weymouth College, you can apply to Weymouth College for discretionary support funds to help you with your course-related costs such as travel, equipment, trips, lunch, stationary and also childcare support.

There are a number of schemes available, please see below:

1.    16-18 Guaranteed Bursary

2.    16-18 Discretionary Bursary

3.    19+ Discretionary Learner Support including childcare

4.    Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

5.    Free Meals Scheme

To apply for any of the above funds, students can download the application form. For more information, please consult our student finance guidebook. If you require further advice or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Team on Tel: 01305 764807, or Email:

16-18 Year Olds – Free Tuition

If you are aged under 19 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment, the courses are FREE. There are a few exceptions, such as international students from overseas, but we will inform you if you fall into one of these categories.

Employer or sponsor payment of fees

The employer/sponsor must sign a College Employer/Sponsor Payment Form (available from the Information Centre on 01305 208808). Once this has been received, we will raise an invoice for the amount due. Once the candidate has enrolled no refund can be made, however another candidate can be submitted anytime up until the start date of the course.

Support for learners aged 19 and over

If you are aged 19 and over as of the 1st September on the year of enrolment and fall into one of the following categories, the course will be FREE of charge. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

  • Learners aged 19-23 who are enrolling at Entry Level or Level 1, who have not already achieved a full Level 2 qualification, and are using this course as a route to gaining a full Level 2. (Please note this does not apply to or include repeat qualifications at the same level).
  • Learners aged 19-23 studying for their first full Level 2 qualification
  • Learners aged 19-23 studying for their first full level 3 qualification
  • Learners aged 19-23 studying for a full Level 4 or above qualification without having attained a full Level 3 qualification.
  • Learners aged 19-23 enrolling on a Maths or English GCSE who have not previously achieved at Grade C.
  • Learners aged 19-23 studying toward their first full Level 3 qualification that has left the British Armed Forces after completing four or more years of service or have been medically discharged, due to an injury in active service, after completing basic training.
  • Learners aged 19-23 in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) or Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and using the training/learning as a direct route towards their intended employment (including the partner where the claim is a joint claim). Where an individual is a dependant of the claimant they are not automatically eligible for full fee remission, but may be eligible under other criteria.
  • Unemployed learners aged 19-23 who are in receipt of a state benefit (other than JSA or ESA (WRAG) and using the training/learning as a direct route towards their intended employment.
  • Learners aged 19-23 studying aims that are Adult Basic Skills and Functional Skills in English and Maths, excluding Adult Skills Certificates in ESOL.
  • Concessions for ESOL students (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Classroom based ESOL provision will only be fully funded for individuals in receipt of JSA, ESA (WRAG) or unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit, where it is identified as a barrier to employment.

NB: To qualify for the fee reduction, an up-to-date award document, or a letter from the benefit agency, must be shown at the time of enrolment.  If there is a delay between enrolment and the start date of the course, the College reserves the right to ask for updated benefit evidence at the start of the course to confirm eligibility.

For further information on entitlement, or if you want to discuss your eligibility for a fee reduction, please telephone the Information Centre on (01305) 208808.

Advanced Learner Loans

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?
You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by colleges and training organisations. Most learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 to 6, will qualify for these loans from the UK government. It’s 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 £21,000 a year.

For more information click here.

Paying in instalments

This option is available on some courses. Please contact the Information Centre on 01305 208808 for further details.

Student Finance England

Want to go to college and wondering how you’ll pay for it?

Student Finance England – the student finance experts – are there to help. A range of financial support is available to cover your tuition fees and living costs while you study.

Find out more about the grants, loans, bursaries and extra support available by visiting or follow Student Finance England on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter for regular updates.

New part-time students can also apply for their student finance, there are a range of tools and guidance available on Student Finance England dedicated microsite