Help with Fees

Learner Support Fund – for accredited (examinable) courses

Applications for help with funding will be considered by an LSF Panel towards the cost of tuition and exam fees, childcare, books, materials, and occasionally for travel.

A contribution of 30% of the total cost of the standard fee will be expected from the student. Applicants may apply for a maximum of £400 per academic year, for a maximum of two separate subjects. This amount may be exceeded at the Panel’s discretion in the case of childcare applications.

The Fund is available as follows:

Tuition and Exam fees

A contribution towards the cost of fees may be available for students who are not eligible for fee remission, and who can provide proof of a low income. The fees are paid directly on the student’s behalf.   Evidence of financial status will be required at the time of application in the form of up-to-date proof of salary or current account bank statement.


Paid directly to an OFSTED registered childcare provider on the student’s behalf for those attending an accredited (examinable) course.

Materials, books, equipment, travel

Students eligible for funding may apply for reimbursement of expenses related to their course on production of receipts. Assistance towards travel may be considered in exceptional circumstances for public transport (or equivalent cost if student is using their own car), provided a student cannot study for the same course nearer to their home.


An attendance rate of at least 83% is expected from students who are granted this learner support funding.

Additional information:

The Panel will prioritize applications for courses which lead to a qualification or employment opportunity.

Students wishing to continue the same subject for one year to the next must show progression; funding will not normally be awarded to repeat the same level in the same subject.

Student who apply for funding from both the LSF and the College Support Fund are limited to a maximum of two subjects.

 Eligibility Criteria

Details of the eligibility criteria are listed on the application form.

Age Eligibility:

For accredited courses, students under 16 years are not eligible for help with Learner Support funding.

Skills Funding Agency guidance states that the Learner Support Fund is only available to adult Asylum Seekers in limited circumstances.

Download LSF Application Form

The fully completed application form and attachments should be forwarded to:
Student Support Administrator, Sutton College, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA.

College Support Fund

for non-accredited (non- examinable) courses

The College Support Fund is available for help with tuition fees to those who can demonstrate financial hardship. Applications are limited to a maximum of two courses in one academic year, with a maximum amount available of £100 per course. A contribution of 30% of the total standard fee is expected from the student.

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate that attendance on the course will improve their wellbeing; for therapeutic reasons; or that attendance will contribute towards their rehabilitation.

An attendance rate of at least 83% is expected from students receiving funding.

The College Support Fund is only available to students over the age of 18 years.

Download Sutton College Support Fund Application Form

For more information contact Janice Scott on 020 8405 7025 or email

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