Financial help with your studies

At South Tyneside College, many students do not have to pay for their course tuition fees; they are paid by the Government or the College on your behalf. Some students are also eligible for extra help with costs such as childcare, books, travel, trips and equipment.

These pages give you more information about whether you are eligible for help with your fees. It also tells you about the help which is available towards study costs. This applies to UK/EU students only. If you are an Overseas student, you will normally have to pay for your course fees.

View our financial forms here:


Application for Financial Assistance

Fees and Finance Information

Guidance Notes  


Application for Financial Assistance

Fees and Finance Information (Levels 1-2)

Fees and Finance Information (Level 3+) 

Advanced Learner Loan. Find out more about advanced learner loans here.

Guidance Notes

Higher Education


Bursary Eligibility

Whether you're 16-18 or 19+, you may be eligible to receive a bursary. Find out more here.

Application for Bursary




We have teamed up with Network One to being you up to £600 of FREE travel. The card has UNLIMITED use so you can use it to travel to college, as well as on evenings and weekends. This is for 16-18 year olds and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Free school meals

If you received free school means while at school, then you could be entitled to the same at college. 

You will be issued with a meal card to use in our refectory, The Dock, Costa and Starbucks. If you qualify, your card will be credited with £2.55 per day – you can also choose to top up your card. 

To find about more about travel and free school meals, contact our Student Services team on 0191 427 3900 or email


South Tyneside College will be extending/topping up the Government Summer Free School meals Scheme from six weeks to nine weeks. Any student who received a Free School Meal payments during 2019-2020 academic year will receive a one off voucher of £115 (12.70 a week) to their designated/registered email address by Thursday 30th July. 

Contact Us

If you require any further information or a funding application form please

contact us by telephone or call in person and we will be happy to help:

Student Services,

Main reception,

Westoe campus, 

T: 0191 427 3900,