Financial assistance

Support with fees and the costs of studying.

Help with costs

We may be able to provide financial assistance to help you with the cost of fees, equipment, child care or travel to the College. You don't need to be on benefits to be eligible.

We try to support those students most in need but our funds are limited and do run out, so you should apply as soon as you can. 

Bursary application portal

The bursary application portal for the academic year 2022/23 is now open. Please don’t delay in making your application as funds are very limited.

Bursary application portal

How to apply

Guidelines and information on how to make an online bursary application can be found below.

When completing the online bursary application, you will need to provide evidence by uploading the details of your financial situation on the online bursary portal. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances. 

Our funds are limited and are offered at the discretion of the College.

If you need any assistance completing the online application, please refer to the guide on how to complete the online bursary application. Alternatively, you can ask one of the team in the Student Centre or Admissions office.

How to apply
  • Advice for 16-18 year olds

    If you are under 19 you will not have to pay any tuition or exam fees. However, there may be other course costs, such as materials and equipment. Please ensure you are aware of the costs before you start the course to avoid finding yourself in financial difficulty.

    View our bursary fund guidelines for 16-18 year olds.

    You can make an application on the online bursary portal here.

    If you have any questions, please contact: 

    financialsupport@gbmc.ac.uk (Central and East Brighton Campuses)
    student.support@gbmc.ac.uk (Worthing and Shoreham Campuses)

  • 16-18 frequently asked questions

    Am I entitled to apply for a discretionary bursary?

    Yes, if the household where you live has a total income of £26,000 or under and have the financial evidence to support your application.

    Am I entitled to travel?

    Yes, if you live 2.5 miles or more with a total household income of £26,000 or under and have the financial evidence to support your application.

    Can I get help if I am 16-18 years old in Care, Care Leaver or receiving benefits in my name?

    Yes, you may be entitled to apply for the bursary of up to £1,200 we require evidence of your care status or if you are receiving benefits in your name. You must meet the funding eligibility criteria, please see the 16-18 Funding Guidelines for further details.

    For more information including discounts available for cheaper travel, college meals and essential kit and equipment cost view the full FAQ here.

  • Advice for 19+ year olds

    If you are over 19 you may be required to pay all or part of any tuition fees and exam fees. In addition to other costs such as materials and equipment, you should ensure you are aware of any other costs (such as childcare) before you start the course. Please refer to our financial assistance guidelines from the Student Centre if you feel that your finances may be a barrier to learning.

    If you are 19+ and studying a Level 1 or 2 programme, or are aged 19-23 and do not have a full Level 3 or 4 qualification, information on bursary funding for the 2021/22 academic year is available here.  

    Your course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Click here for more information about the Advanced Learner Loan. If your Advanced Learner Loan is approved, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan Bursary, which you can apply for with this form.

    If you have any questions, please contact: 

    financialsupport@gbmc.ac.uk (Central and East Brighton Campuses)
    student.support@gbmc.ac.uk (Worthing and Shoreham Campuses)

  • 19+ frequently asked questions

    Am I entitled to apply for a bursary?

    Yes, if the household where you live has an income of £30,000 or under and you have the evidence to support your application.

    Am I entitled to travel?

    Yes, if you live 2.5 miles or more with a household income of £30,000 or under.

    Can I get help with my course fees?

    Yes, however when you enrol, you will be asked to pay a deposit of one-third of the tuition fee and sign up for a Direct Debit Part-Payment Plan for the remainder of the fees. If your bursary application is successful, you will receive a refund for the fees paid. Should your bursary application be unsuccessful, the Direct Debit Payment Agreement will then take effect!

    For more information including discounts available for cheaper travel, college meals and bursary payments view the full FAQ here.

Financial support

Find out what financial support is available to MET students in this short video.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact: 

financialsupport@gbmc.ac.uk (Central and East Brighton Campuses)
student.support@gbmc.ac.uk (Worthing and Shoreham Campuses)

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