Support for HE Students

Support for HE Students

A range of services are available to support higher education students, whether progressing from further education or joining us as mature students.


Disability Support

Students declaring a disability on their application form will be contacted by the HE Engagement Officer to arrange a meeting prior to starting at college to identify any support needs. Disability Declarations include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Emotional and social difficulties
  • Mental Health issues including anxiety and depressions
  • Physical difficulties
  • Sensory needs such as hearing or vision impairments

Support is available through the HE Engagement Officer to help you apply for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and to put the support into place. Regular support through the HE Engagement Officer is also available as required.

Tuition Fees and Maintenance Loans

Financial Support is provided by Student Finance England (SFE). There are 2 types of loans available main – tuition fees and maintenance. Students can get a tuition fee loan to cover the tuition fees in full, and a maintenance loan to help towards living costs such as rent and bills. These have to be paid back but not while you’re studying.

There is also a means tested childcare grant available for students with children.

Further information regarding Student Finance England is available at

HE Hardship Fund

Hardship funds are available for learners struggling to pay for course related costs or for one off emergencies which may prevent them from attending college. To receive support from the hardship fund students must have applied for the full Student Finance England package i.e. maintenance loan.

Please not HE Hardship funds aren’t available for students studying with us on a franchised basis, (you may be eligible for extra support via your parent institution).

Visit the Student room for more information

Contact information

Please contact the HE Hub regarding any aspect of support for your HE journey at: