Welfare & Financial Assistance

Applications for financial assistance can be taken all year. Application forms are available in Registry and Tutorial block. Please contact the Welfare Officer or the Registry if you have any queries.

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, make a charge at the start of your course for materials which you will keep.



20+ Childcare

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

Advanced Learner Loan Childcare

For Welfare Advice Daniela Sramova is available Mon-Fri 12-12.50 during term time:

If I am not here when you call, you can contact me with your details:

Educational Trusts

Students may apply to the following educational trust fund to request financial help with course costs such as trips, books, equipment etc. All expenses must be supported by evidence.

Lewes Exhibition Fund

Conditional upon:
  • being under the age of 25
  • being a resident of Lewes, or within 5 miles of Lewes
Deadlines for applications are:
  • four dates throughout the year, for exact details ring 01273 471469

For applications, please see the welfare adviser

Childcare Cost Entitlement

Care to Learn (parents aged up to 19)
For further details and how to apply click here

Childcare Support (for parents aged over 20)
The college has funds to which you can apply for assistance with childcare costs. Please see above for the application form. It is important to note that our childcare funding is very limited this year. For more information about financial support of any kind, please contact the Welfare Officer.

C Card Scheme = Free condoms

Varndean College is one of the Brighton & Hove C Card outlets which means you can get a C Card and receive free condoms here.

It's friendly and confidential – just drop in between 12.00 - 12.50 pm (Welfare office, Tutorial block).