Support for HE students

There is a range of support available for City of Bristol College students who are studying at university level. This includes:

Health and wellbeing support

We care about your wellbeing. We can support you, or help you access support, regarding:

  • Wellbeing
  • Counselling
  • Disability Advice
  • Study Skills
  • Learning Support
  • Settling into University life and the College

We also have HE Surgeries. These take place in the HE Common Rooms once a month at all sites.

To find more, contact student services by calling 0117 312 5000 or email us:

Financial support for university-level courses

A university education may seem like a large expense, but don’t let the costs stop you. Did you know that you don’t have to start repaying a loan until you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £27,295?

Remember:

  • Financial support is available;
  • College is often less expensive than other local universities;
  • You stand a better chance of earning more with a university degree.

Higher Education Progression Bursary

A bursary of up to £900 will be allocated to students who study an eligible full Level 3 course with City of Bristol College in the academic year 2020/21 and enrol on the first year of one of the following specified higher education courses at the college starting in September 2021:

The bursary is calculated as a percentage of the course tuition fees, and will be paid in three equal instalments to eligible students during the first year of study at City of Bristol College. The bursary instalments will be paid individually, on the College’s receipt of each instalment of tuition fees during the first year of study (this is usually October, January, April).

If a student withdraws, or is withdrawn, from a specified course prior to the College’s receipt of a tuition fee instalment, the College will not be liable for the subsequent payment of a related higher education bursary instalment payment.

The bursary excludes all students where their course fees are paid by a sponsor (e.g. employer). Acceptance of the bursary will be taken as the acceptance of all of the above terms and conditions.

To apply for the bursary, download the Higher Education Bursary Progression Form (doc)

You can also speak to your head of department to find out more information.

Loans for full-time students

The following student finance is available for full-time students. Students need to be eligible for student loans and can’t already have a qualification of an equivalent level.

Returning and new students can apply online now for student support – you don’t need to wait until you’ve been accepted on a course. To find out more and apply online, visit the Student Finance England website. You can also find helpful information in the Student Finance Quick Start Guide.

Tuition fee loan

A tuition fee loan allows you to borrow the cost of your tuition fees each year (up to a maximum of £9,250). It does not depend on your household income, and you don’t need to pay it back until you are earning over £27,295 a year.

Maintenance loan

In addition to the student loan for tuition fees, you may be eligible for a student loan for maintenance. This can help with the costs of accommodation, food, books and other expenses. You may have to provide details of your household income and the loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term. You have to pay the loan back.

  • Maximum of £9,488 a year available if you’re living away from home
  • Maximum of £7,987 a year if you’re living at home
  • You don’t need to pay it back until you are earning over £27,295

Repayment of loans

  • You’ll be due to start repaying your loan the April after you finish or leave your course. You’ll only make repayments if your income is over the repayment threshold
  • You don’t repay until your gross earnings are over £27, 295 a year (or £2,274 per month)
  • You repay 9% of what you earn above £26,575
  • Any loan remaining after 30 years will be cancelled

Non-repayable grants for full-time students with dependents

The following grants are also available for people with children or other dependents if on a low income:

  • Parents’ Learning Allowance of up to £1,821 a year. Depending on your household income, in 2021-22, you could get between £50 and £1,821 a year.
  • Childcare Grant of 85% of childcare costs: up to £179.62 a week for parents with one child, or £307.95 a week for parents with two or more children.
  • Adult Dependents’ Grant of up to £3,190 a year.

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)

Students with a disability, mental health condition, long-term health condition or specific learning difficulty may be eligible for extra help through Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).

Available to full-time and part-time students (depending on the amount of hours you study), this allowance is non-repayable, and is not dependent on household income. The amount you are entitled to depends on your level of need. To find out more visit Disabled Students’ Allowance.

Students still have to pay the fees if they are on benefits.

If you’re already claiming income-related benefits and want to start a uni-level course, you should ask Jobcentre Plus or your local authority’s housing benefit team how this will affect your benefits. Find out more about benefits for uni-level students on low incomes.

Tuition fee loans for part-time students

The following student finance is available for part-time students. To find out more and apply online, visit Student Finance part time students or Student Finance England website.

Tuition fee loans

A Tuition Fee loan allows you to borrow the cost of your tuition fees each year (up to a maximum of £6,935). The loan does not depend on your household income. You must be studying at least 25% of the equivalent full-time course.

Repayment of loans

  • Repayment begins in April four years after the start of your course (whether or not you have finished studying) or the April after you finish or leave your course, whichever comes first
  • You don’t repay until your gross earnings are over £27,295 a year (or £2,274 per month);
  • You repay 9% of what you earn above £27,295;
  • Any loan remaining after 30 years will be written off.

For more information, visit the Student Loan Repayment website.

Benefits for part-time students

If you’re on a low income you may be able to claim a range of income-related benefits including:

  • Income Support;
  • Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Housing Benefit;
  • Council Tax Benefit.

External support available

Mental health support and counselling

Alcohol and drug issues

Financial and housing advice

University support

If your qualification is awarded by one of our partner universities, you may qualify for some of their support services.

University of Plymouth

Study support

Students studying a programme validated by University of Plymouth can access the study guides and resources available through this link: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide

SHINE

The SHINE project is a self-help online system created by students, counsellors and researchers to support with Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Togetherall

Is an online tool which is monitored 24/7 by trained guidance providers, which gives students the opportunity to anonymously talk about how they are feeling.

The Listening Post (10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time)

This is a drop-in services for all University of Plymouth students but is located at the Universities Student Services Hub on campus.

Bath Spa University

Find out more on the Bath Spa University website about their student wellbeing services.

UWE

UWE has information for students on their website.

Student Voice

Student feedback is very important to us, and there are lots of ways to make your voice heard:

HE Course Representatives

Every course needs at least one rep per year. Course reps work with staff and students to ensure your time at City of Bristol College is as good as it can be.

If your course doesn’t have a rep and you would like to apply, contact Eve Miller (eve.miller2@cityofbristol.ac.uk).

Students’ Union Representatives

There are lots of Students’ Union positions available. For more information or to apply, visit the Student Council section on the Students’ Union home page.

If you would like to share feedback individually, you can contact eve.miller2@cityofbristol.ac.uk, go to the Students’ Union website, or contact the SU directly at student.experience@cityofbristol.ac.uk.

We always want to hear from you!

Where to find us