19 Plus Bursaries

If you are aged 19 and over.....

Derby College has a Learner Support Fund which can help you towards the costs associated with studying.

It is available to students aged 19+ who are enrolled on further education courses, either full-time or part-time, and who meet the eligibility criteria. Funding is not available for students on apprenticeships, higher education or full-cost courses where other funding rules may apply. You must also meet the residency criteria.

If you are eligible, you can receive financial support to help pay towards course-related costs such as equipment, trips, travel, childcare and essential books. The College will, wherever possible, make these payments on your behalf.

The Learner Support Fund for 19+ learners is finite and is not an entitlement.

Students who are eligible may also include those who:

  • Receive Income Support
  • Receive Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Receive the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Have a household income of less than £20,000
  • Can demonstrate that they are facing financial hardship.

Email: studentsupportfund@derby-college.ac.uk

What’s next?

If you’re looking to start a full-time or part-time further education course with us from September and think that you may be eligible for Learner Support Fund assistance, please download the application form from the end of August. Bring your completed form with you to enrolment or call into one of our campuses and ask for the learner support fund.

Support to pay for childcare

If you are going to be 20 or over when you start your course and require childcare funding support, you will need to contact the learner support fund as soon as possible. Derby College childcare funding application forms are released during early July prior to the start of the academic year. Childcare funding is awarded strictly on a firstcome, first-served basis and there is always a greater demand than the amount of funding available.

If you are under 20 when you commence your course and require childcare funding, please contact the learner support fund as you will be able to apply to Care to Learn for your childcare support.


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Key information about the Learner Support Fund

  • The Learner Support Fund is awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Funding must be used to help pay for course-related costs, such as equipment, trips, childcare, books and travel.
  • Each application is considered individually and assessed against the eligibility criteria. Should you wish to appeal if your application is not supported, you can appeal in writing to theHead of Learner Support Services, Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE.
  • There are robust measures in place to manage the risk of fraud. Photocopies of documentation will be required as proof when you are applying for funding support.
  • The College reserves the right to withhold payments if you withdraw early from your course, whatever the reason.
  • Students are required to meet specific levels of attendance (90%) and behaviour. Support will be withdrawn if you do not meet these criteria.
  • Where an award is to be paid into a bank account, this must be your bank account. This is a national Learner Support Fund rule to ensure that there is no conflict with the benefit agencies.


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