Financial Support

If you’re thinking of continuing your education at Furness College, then getting your hands on some much-needed cash is going to be high on your list of priorities.

If you think you may not be able to afford to study, there are a number of ways you may be able to get help. General advice is given here but the rules can change from year to year, so we recommend you follow the links provided to access the most up-to-date information.

The Student Services team are also able to discuss your individual circumstances and provide you with an application form.

Financial Support

Financial support can help you out if you have financial hardships or emergencies. They can help towards:

  • Childcare costs (for Ofsted-registered childcare) where there is no entitlement to other government initiatives
  • Travel costs
  • Essential course-related equipment, books, materials, field trips and registration fees
  • Examination and registration fees

Download 2023-24 Channelside Financial Support Leaflet

Download 2023-24 Rating Lane Financial Support Leaflet

Click here to download the Financial Support Application Form 2023-2024.

Student Financial Support

This is a payment for students who have a low household income. To check if you are eligible for this financial support please ask at Student Services for an application form. Decisions on who will receive this financial support will be made in due course.

You can receive financial support if:

  • You are 16 years old and have left school, but are not 19 before 1 September 2022
  • Your household income is at, or below, a set amount
  • You are on a full-time further education course at Furness College

Adult Financial Support

If you are aged 19 or over and have a low household income, you may be eligible for the adult financial support which is paid each week. To apply please ask Student Services for an application form.

You can apply for this adult financial support if:

  • Your course will lead to your first full Level 2 or first Level 3 qualification
  • You are studying full-time – at least 12 hours a week (equivalent to 450 hours of ‘guided learning’ a year, or 150 hours a term)

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 and studying a second Level 3 or aged 24+, you can apply for a loan to help cover tuition fees

Your course must start on or after 1 August 2019 and be eligible e.g. a Level 3 or 4 course (such as an Extended Diploma or an A Level)

You will not have to pay anything back until you are earning over £25,000 a year

If you receive an Advanced Learning Loan and you are on a low income, you can receive help from the adult financial support (see above).

More information on Advanced Learner Loans may be found here.

University Education

There are different financial arrangements for university education. You can obtain an application pack from March onwards each year for entry to a course in the following September.

Please contact Student Services to find out more on 01229 825017 or email Student.Services@furness.ac.uk

Important Information for Students Regarding Course Fees – 2020/21

Due to changes in government funded courses and benefit exemptions, more students than ever will be liable to pay their own course fees.

The information here explains how your course fees can be paid and the information/payment you will be required to produce upon enrolment.

Please ensure that you are fully aware of any fees you may incur prior to enrolment and that you are confident that you can pay these fees prior to signing any enrolment form.

If you require any information regarding how you can pay your fees or how you can obtain help to pay your fees, please contact Student Services on 01229 844817.


If you are receiving benefits, you may be able to continue claiming while you study but you should check, prior to starting your learning, with your local Citizens Advice Centre.

Please note: Every care has been taken to ensure that this information is accurate. As much notice as possible will be given of any changes, but the College cannot accept liability in conjunction with any such alterations

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