Help With Fees

Finances shouldn’t curtail your aspirations.

Studying at Newham College is a great investment in your future and we offer a wide variety of courses to meet your aspirations, whether you’re aiming to progress into employment, an apprenticeship or university.

Whatever your ambition, finances shouldn’t get in the way. Depending on your age, circumstances and household income, we have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

Age 16-18

Tuition is free for home students under 18 on a full-time course. However additional financial support is available for young people to support them whilst they study.

16-18 Bursary Fund

Students aged 16-18 who are on or whose families are on certain benefits or a low income, may be eligible for a bursary worth up to £1,200 to support you with education-related costs while you are studying at the college. This is intended to contribute to the cost of books and other resources that are needed in order to be successful at college.

You are encouraged to apply for these bursaries during enrolment or at the start of term. Contact the admissions team on 020 8257 4000 or email externalenquiries@newham.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance.

Care to Learn

Young parents under 20 at the start of their course may be entitled for help with childcare costs up to £175 per week whilst studying. The childcare provider must be registered with Ofsted.

You can find out more about Care to Learn, including eligibility and how to apply, at gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Application forms are also available at Admissions at either East Ham or Stratford.

Other financial support

The Zip 16+ Oyster photocard entitles you to free and discounted travel on bus, Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail and most National Rail services in London.

The college offers free breakfast to all students who arrive before 8:45am and free lunch to 16-18 year olds.

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Age 19+

The Government has made it a requirement for colleges across the UK to collect more fees from learners, meaning some courses which were previously free are no longer so.

If you are aged over 18, then you may be eligible for funding to pay your fees and other course-related costs.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are available to students aged 19 and over who are enrolling on eligible courses at Level 3 and above. These loans cover the cost of tuition so you will not have to pay all the tuition fees upfront.

It is easy to apply – loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

You are expected to start repaying your loan in the April after you have completed or left your course. However you’ll only start making repayments when you start earning more than £25,725 a year. Repayments will stop if your annual income falls below this.

If you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of an Access to Higher Education course at Newham and then move on to and complete a Higher Education course, the outstanding balance owed on the loan gets written off.

You can find out more about Advanced Learner Loans, including eligibility and how to apply, at gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

If you have successfully applied for an Advanced Learner Loan, you may also be eligible for further financial support (e.g. childcare, travel) through the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary. This financial support is in addition to the loan amount received.

To find out if you are able to apply for support, contact the Admissions team at 020 8257 4000, email externalenquiries@newham.ac.uk or use the chat facility at the bottom of the screen.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are aged 19 or over and facing financial difficulties while studying at the college, you can apply for a bursary or a learner support grant to help you with your study costs, including stationery, equipment or travel.

Please note that you cannot make a claim if you are undertaking courses that are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan or for students undertaking Higher Education courses.

To make an enquiry or pick up an application form, please call or visit Admissions at either East Ham or Stratford, call us on 020 8257 4000 or email learner.supportfund@newham.ac.uk.

The Learning Revolution Trust

Established by Newham College in 2012, The Learning Revolution Trust supports disadvantaged students in east London by removing the financial and social barriers to education.

The Trust provides financial support to:

  • Students who are facing exceptionally challenging personal circumstances and who are not eligible for other funds
  • Higher education learners who are not eligible for financial support through the Student Loan Company

If you wish to apply, email gina.burgess@newham.ac.uk. Find out more about the Trust at learningrevolutiontrust.org.uk.

Turn2us

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.

To find out if Turn2us can help you, speak to a member of staff at Admissions at either East Ham or Stratford, call on 020 8257 4000, email externalenquiries@newham.ac.uk or use the chat facility at the bottom of the screen.

You can find out more about Turn2us and how you can get support at turn2us.org.uk or call the helpline at 0808 802 2000.

Other financial support

If you are 18 and over, you can get discounted travel on the 18+ Student Oyster photocard, including savings of 30% on adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

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