Financial Assistance for students

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is specifically aimed at students facing financial hardship in accessing education. Funds will be allocated upon a proven hardship need which must be substantiated by evidence. Assistance can be provided for items such as travel costs, subsidised meals, material or kit costs and childcare costs and will either be paid in cash or with payment in kind for course expenses.

The type of assistance is based on your age and your course so not all support is available to all students. Please see the relevant section below for more information.

Please complete the application form below and return with the appropriate evidence to Student Services.

How are decisions made?

Each case will be considered individually and in strict confidence. Among factors considered are;

  • Your income and expenditure and other sources of funds available to you.
  • The personal circumstances of you and your dependents.
  • Comments from your course tutor on your attendance and progress on your course.

Students are expected to contribute towards costs where applicable.

How and when can I apply?

You will need to collect an application form from Student Services or follow the link below to download a form. The completed form, along with all supporting documentation e.g. benefit book, WTC or CTC letters etc., should be returned to Student Services. Staff will then assess your application and write to you informing you of the decision. Applications are considered throughout the year.

Application for Financial Assistance

Student Bank Details


Childcare costs

If you are a parent aged between 16 and 20 you may be eligible for ‘Care to Learn’ support (you must be under 20 when you start your course). This can provide help with childcare costs and related travelling costs.

For further information call Care To Learn on 0800 121 8989 or contact Student Services.

Childcare costs

If you are a parent aged over 20 you may be eligible for support through the Learning Support fund as described above.

Application for Childcare Costs

Childcare Provider Bank Details

Tuition and Examination Fees

Students aged 19+ undertaking a course funded through the Advanced Learning Loan scheme can only apply for assistance with fees from the Advanced learning loan.

Students aged 19+ undertaking an appropriate SFA funded course that is not eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan can apply for support through the Learning Support fund as described above.

For more information contact Student Services on 01625 410018


Council Tax Reduction

Full time students may qualify for a discount on their Council Tax - this will depend on the number of people in your house. The college can provide you with a certificate to send to your Local Authority. Please ask for a Council Tax Exemption form.

Advanced Loans

What are they?

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Advanced Learning Loans are student loans similar to higher education loans, but for the further education sector. Loans are available for learners aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, including QCF Certificates and Diplomas, Access to HE and A-Levels. You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to the college on your behalf.

Who is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan?

Individuals who are:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of their course
  • Resident in the UK

View eligible courses

Loans will not be means tested (or subject to credit checks) and any individual who meets the criteria above will be able to apply for a Loan irrespective of their current employment status.

What does it mean for me?

You don’t pay anything up front for your course fees and if you’re not earning over £21k, you don’t pay anything back. If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress and complete higher education study, you will not have to pay back your FE loan.

How and when do I need to apply?

You can apply from May 2016 at You will need to collect a Fees and Funding information letter from the Learner Experience Team before you start your application.

Additional Information

Students can also apply for support with additional costs through the Bursary Fund. Please complete the Application for Financial Assistance form and send to Student Services with the appropriate evidence.

If your course lasts for more than one year, you’ll only need to take one loan out. If you go on to study at a higher level you can get another loan. You can have a maximum of four FE loans.

Application Forms

Application for Financial Assistance

Student Bank Details

Application for Childcare Costs

Childcare Provider Bank Details

For more information contact Student Services on 01625 410018.

Case Study - Tina Blake

Tina Blake“I enrolled onto the Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma course with Macclesfield College and was able to fund this through the 24+ loan route. The staff at the College explained everything to me in great depth and I found the support from the assessor to be excellent. They delivered the training in a flexible way to meet my needs and those of my employer, Sunrise Senior Living. I have now achieved my Diploma which has also secured my current position with the company. I would recommend Macclesfield College to others completing their qualifications, and I would also recommend learners using the 24+ loan route to fund their studies as it is not means tested and spouse’s income are not taken into consideration.”