Financial support and fees advice

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Depending on your eligibility, there are many ways in which you could potentially be funded for your course.

Full-time courses are free to students who meet the three-year residency requirement and who are under 19 years of age on the 31st August in the year in which their programme of study commences. UK students who are 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees and also the relevant registration and exam fees. UK students who are over 19 and studying for a Level 3 or higher qualification may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Part-time UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as the relevant registration and exam fees. Studying a university-level course at Chesterfield College is considerably less expensive than most other options. Our fees compare favourably with university tuition fees and because you have the convenience of studying locally, you won’t face the same level of costs for accommodation and transport.

If you are concerned that money troubles might affect your studies while you’re at Chesterfield College, we can offer advice and guidance on the financial support opportunities available to you. We’re committed to helping you overcome any financial barriers which might prevent you from making the most of your educational opportunities. For further information about fees, please refer to the Fees & Refunds Policy

All applicants to college will be invited to apply for the appropriate bursary/learner support fund; the invite will include links to download printable application forms. Parents and guardians of students under 18 years of age will be contacted directly in addition to the student.



The application can be completed by yourself or a parent/guardian. Applications for means tested bursaries will also need evidence of household income.

Higher Education Bursary Policy 2023-24

Discretionary Student Support Fund and Bursary Policy 2023-24


16-19 Bursary Policy Statement

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) and is designed to help with the essential costs associated with accessing post 16 education. The funding is designed to support those students most in need of financial support to enable them to engage in education provision. Students can apply for the 16-19 bursary if they live in a household with an income of £28,000 or under.


Application Process

Once you have submitted the completed application form you will then meet with a member of the student services team who will check your application and enter the information into our system. An email will be generated to confirm that your application has been received. Likewise, you will receive an email when your bursary has been approved and processed.

During enrolment periods your bursary application should be processed quickly. Outside of enrolment, it may take up to three weeks.