Course Fees & Deposit Payment

If you are under 19 when you start your course, you will not be charged tuition fees. We will lend you textbooks and equipment without charge; you will be asked to pay a £60 deposit, of which £50 is refunded when you return any textbooks and equipment in good condition (£10 is non-refundable and is used to cover the cost of a sturdy envelope and postage of all uncollected exam certificates by recorded delivery). We do not provide stationery.

Art, Mixed Media, Photography and Media Studies and Drama and Performing Arts, make a charge at the start of your course for materials which you will keep. Also if you are studying CACHE L3 (Early Years) and Health and Social Care L3 Double, you will need to pay for a DBS check.

For further information about the course materials costs, please see the link below:

Financial Assistance for 16-18 year olds

Each year the College receives an allocation of funds to support its learners aged 16-18. Learners who are 18 at the start of the course but turn 19 during the academic year (ie after 31st August) are also eligible. The government has also extended it’s Free School Meals programme to Sixth Form and FE colleges. These funds are intended to support students who face financial barriers to participation in education.

The funds are split into Bursary, Free College Meals and Discretionary Learning Grant. The Bursary and Free College Meals are an entitlement and guaranteed if the student meets the criteria. Students in Care or who are Care Leavers, students living independently and in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit or Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right, are eligible for a Bursary of £1200 paid in monthly intervals across the academic year Students who are awarded Free College Meals will have money put on their College ID card to use in the canteen (£3.00 a day based on each timetabled day); they will also be automatically awarded the Discretionary Learning Grant.

The Discretionary Learning Grant is a fixed allocation of money from the government. The College is responsible for determining the eligibility of applicants to this fund and for deciding the amount each student should receive. The College will aim to distribute the funds fairly with regard to the needs of the individual student. This fund is Means tested and the threshold is a household income below £27,000 or financial circumstances that have changed significantly during the year.

Depending on your priority grouping and funds available, we may be able to help with:

  • Travel
  • Course Costs
  • Essential Trips
  • DBS Checks
  • College Meals
  • Exam Resits
  • University Vists
  • Additional Costs

If you think you are eligible please see the links below:

Childcare Cost Support for 16-19 year olds

If you need help with paying for childcare and you are aged between 16-19 years old, you can apply to Care to Learn. For further details and how to apply see here.

Welfare Services

We have a welfare service which is run on a drop-in basis where students can see the Welfare Officer Daniela Sramova at lunchtime (12-12:50) in the tutorial block (room 65) during term-time only.

Our welfare service offers our students advice and practical help with matters such as:

  • Bursary Funding & Discretionary Learning Grants
  • Childcare cost entitlement for students who are parents (Care to Learn)
  • Travel information, allowances & discount schemes information
  • Benefits
  • Housing Information
  • Educational Trusts
  • Filling in claim forms
  • Referral to Young Carers
  • Sexual Health matters and referrals to SHAC
  • C-Card Scheme

In the event of an unexpected event that causes hardship ie. redundancy or an accident, please see the Welfare Officer who can offer advice on emergency funding.

For all 16-19 queries, please contact:

Daniela Sramova
Welfare Officer, Tutorial Block (dss@varndean.ac.uk)

Hillary Teal
Enrolment Co-ordinator, Registry (hrt@varndean.ac.uk) tel: 01273 546636

Financial Assistance for 19+ or Adult Education Students

If you are aged 19+ or an Adult Student doing a SFA full or co-funded course (Level 2 or under) you may be eligible to apply to the 19+ Learner Support fund. This fund is Means tested and the threshold is a household income below £27,000 or financial circumstances that have changed significantly during the year.

Depending on your priority grouping and funds available, we may be able to help with:

19+

20+ Childcare

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

Advanced Learner Loan Childcare

If you have any queries, please contact:

Adult Education students
The Adult Education team on 01273 546602

Daytime students
Hillary Teal in Registry on 01273 546636 or email hrt@varndean.ac.uk