Help with your course fees

If you are aged 16-18 and you are not studying elsewhere, you do not have to pay for your course fees for the majority of courses.

Help with study costs

If you are aged under 19, you may be able to gain financial help towards the costs of coming to College. This can include money for extras such as travel, books, childcare, equipment and course trips.

Bursary & Financial Assistance

We want to make coming to college as affordable as possible. South Tyneside College has a bursary scheme for students that will help with the costs associated with studying.

South Tyneside College’s financial assistance scheme provides cash payments of £1200 pro-rata to under 19 year olds that are living in care, recent care leavers, claiming income support / universal credit in their own right, or in receipt of employment and support allowance, as well as disability living allowance / personal independence payment.

Under 19 year old students from households that live more than a mile away from their chosen centre of study may be eligible for a travel pass. Students studying on courses that require essential equipment/kit will also be able to apply for assistance. Funds are distributed on a first come first served basis therefore we advise that early applications are made.

Applications for financial assistance are subject to a means test, forms are available below or from Student Services on the front main reception desk, or by telephoning 0191 427 3500.

For any queries, please contact: 

View our financial forms here:


Application for Financial Assistance

Fees and Finance Information

Guidance Notes  

Free Meals

The government have extended the Free Meals Offer to include students studying in further education colleges. If you received this entitlement whilst at secondary school you will be required to fill in an application form and be subject to a means test. Please contact Student Services for more information or by emailing