To take the financial pressures off you while studying at Rotherham College we have a number of financial support schemes in place to help you. The details may vary from year to year so please revisit this page for the latest information or visit our Student Services department.
Learners Aged 16 to 18
If you are aged between 16 and 18 at the start of your course, you will not have to pay any course fees and your parents/carers will be able to continue to claim any benefits they received while you were at school.
16-18 College Bursary
A bursary to support travel, meals and college expenses is available to learners with a household income up to £42,611. The amount of support provided is set against a sliding scale of income. For more information, speak to a Learner Finance Assistant in Student Services.
You can apply online here or pick up a form from Student Services.
Further information is available on the Financial Support Application Form including the evidence you are required to submit on page four of the form.
Once completed submit this, with the required evidence of income and bank account details to Student Services for assessment.
Learners aged 16 to 18 and in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name, or Local Authority Care or Care Leavers’ arrangements or Disability Living allowance/PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and Support and Employment allowance or Universal Credit are entitled to apply for a bursary of £1,200 to be paid weekly, subject to attendance and performance expectations.
To apply for this bursary complete the Financial Support Application form and submit it with the required evidence. You will only need to complete one form to be considered for the different financial support schemes (16 to 18 College Bursary, 16 to 18 Free College Meals or16 to 18 Guaranteed Bursary). When submitting your form, ensure you have provided all the relevant evidence to support your application. For guidance see page four of the form.
16 to 18 Bus Pass
All students can now apply for the 16 – 18 bus pass online here.
Simply follow the link, enter your email address and they will email you an application form. You will then need to fill out the form, complete with a photo, and send it back to South Yorkshire Travel.
If you are unable to apply online, you can visit your nearest interchange and they will help you.
For any other issues, please visit the Student Finance Officers in Student Services or phone them on 01709 722877.
Learner Support Fund (19+)
Learners aged 19 and over may need to pay fees and other costs towards their education. The fees are set by the College at the start of each year and are based on the level of funding provided by the Government.
Many adult learners however are entitled to financial support with their courses, including a complete waiver of fees in certain circumstances. Because of the changing nature of government funding and the complex rules surrounding fees, please speak to Student Services for the latest details. Some support may be in the form of vouchers.
You may be entitled to receive help with the cost of:
- Equipment costs
- Childcare costs
- UCAS application
- Meals at College
- Awarding bodies and tuition fees
- Other associated study costs
To be considered for this support you will need to complete a Financial Support Application Form. You can download the form here.
Further information is available on the Financial Support Application Form, including the evidence you are required to submit on page four of the form.
Once completed, submit the form with the required evidence of income and bank account details to Student Services for assessment.
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 or above and are looking to study a Level 3 or Level 4 course, the Advanced Learner Loan is available to support with the cost of some or all of your course fees. The loan does not have to be paid back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.
Professional Career Development Loan (PCD)
College courses that are not publicly funded do not attract funds to help learners with the cost of fees or support with meals, childcare and travel. There is an alternative financing option available through the Co-operative and Barclays Bank, Professional and Career Development Loans. These loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career, or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying.
Army Bursary Scheme
The Army offers the Further Education Bursary programme to people aged between 16 and 32 years old, studying on Level 2 or 3 vocational courses who want to get qualified before they join the Regular Army. Its aim is to support learners whilst at college and guarantee a training place upon completion.
The bursary is worth £1,000 for each year of study (up to four years), and a £1,000 bonus when Phase 1 training is complete. An Army Careers Adviser gives support and advice throughout the course. They can also help organise work experience or an Insight Course to see first-hand what Army life is like.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn can help with your childcare costs while you are studying.
Student Discount (NUS)
Once enrolled at College, all learners automatically become a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) and are able to purchase an NUS Extra card online which offers discounts when shopping, eating out, going to the cinema and more. Applications are made online with NUS. When signing up, enter “RNN Student Union” as your place of study.
Student Services Contact Information 01709 722777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit or call us at the Town Centre Campus and Dinnington Campus.
We are generally open:
Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
We are also open some evenings around the start of each term.