The Government has allocated the College a limited level of funding to distribute to students of all ages who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing education.

Details of how to apply will be available from July 2020.  Please check back for updates.

Discretionary Learner Support

Students aged 16+ can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course.  These may include:

This is a discretionary fund allocated to low income households, earning under £25,521 a year or receiving qualifying benefits, on a first come first served basis subject to priorities set by the college.

16-19 Vulnerable Bursary

A Bursary of up to £1200 for the academic year may be awarded to students who are

Free College Meals

East Coast College will provide a free meal to eligible students, on the days they attend their college course or placement for three hours or more.

You may be entitled if you are:

and in receipt of one of the following benefits:

Meals may also be awarded, at the College’s discretion, to students who have applied for discretionary support and meet the income threshold criteria.

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over, enrolling on an eligible Level 3 – 6 course, you will be able to access an Advanced Learner Loan to fund your course fee.

To qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan you must:

Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks. So if you meet the criteria you will be able to apply for a loan whether you are employed or unemployed.

You can start to pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn above the threshold set by the government.  In 2019/20 the threshold stands at an annual income of £25,725; this is subject to review.  Voluntary payments can be made at any time if you want to pay off your loan more quickly.

You will only be able to apply for a loan to meet the upfront cost of your qualification (i.e. the course fee), which will be paid directly to the College.

If your loan is to cover the fees for an Access to Higher Education course and you progress to complete a university-level (higher education) course, you will not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan.

For more information including how to apply online to Student Finance England, visit

Anyone who has been accepted for an Advanced Learner Loan can also apply for discretionary support with other costs such as travel and childcare. This is means tested and applied for through the College Discretionary Learner Support Fund.

The Student Finance Team are available for further guidance about applying for a loan and other support on 01493 418312 (Great Yarmouth Campus) or 01502 525124 (Lowestoft Campus).

Care to Learn Funding

Government funding is available for young parents under the age of 20 to help with nursery fees. More information can be found at

Please contact the Student Finance Team for further help and advice on:

Email –

Great Yarmouth – 01493 418312

Lowestoft – 01502 525124



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