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:
- 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:
- General HE enquiries – use the online contact us form
- Welfare support | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spiritual support | email@example.com
- Study and learning support | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Disability support and advice | email@example.com
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 £25,000?
- 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.
Covid Homestudy Fund
We have been granted further funding by the Office for Students to assist students in hardship whilst studying from home. For example if you are having problems accessing equipment because you are sharing with children who are being home educated and are also needing to access your broadband or Wi-Fi or laptop computer.
Our Covid Homestudy Fund has been extended – we can now accept applications until 14 March 2021 and we have increased the maximum available to £300 per student for digital equipment and £500 towards laptop computers.
Students who have already applied will have their applications reassessed and we may increase the amount of our contribution, you may also make a second application if there is something else that is holding you back from your studies. Be sure to tell us what you need and how it will assist your studies along with evidence of the cost.
We have prioritised particular groups of students for this fund, we have expanded the postcode areas that are now considered to be priority groups. If you type your postcode into the box called “map options” on the CDRC maps website and your postcode shows as red (decile 1 or 2) then your postcode makes you a priority student (don’t worry if you cannot access this page, we will check your postcode).
If you have a disability and are claiming DSA then you are a priority student. If you are studying a course that relies on you having access to a computer with access to specialist software to complete an assignment (eg Graphic Design, Photography, Film and Media and final year Counselling students who are undertaking telephone or online counselling as part of a placement) then you are a priority group.
You may apply if you have already bought equipment since lockdown commenced to help you to study from home. You will need to show your proof of purchase.
Please make sure you explain what you want and how it will help you to work more effectively from home and be sure to attach evidence of the costs. If you don’t do this then the application will be rejected. Please only apply for what is needed so that we can help as many people as possible.
If you don’t fall into one of the priority groups, you can still apply but your application will wait until all the priority applications have been looked at first.
Applications may be made to help towards the costs of the following (this list is an example and is not exhaustive):
- Contribution towards a laptop computer (max £500).
- Purchase of data so that you can hotspot from your phone to your laptop if you have poor Wi-Fi connection.
- Purchase of increased broadband with your broadband provider (you need to be aware that you may need to enter into a contract of 12-24 months and our contribution cannot be relied upon past the end of the academic year).
- Purchase of paper and ink if you need to print to assist your learning.
- Purchase of a printer if you need to print to assist your reading and understanding.
- Purchase of a second screen to allow you to view documents and take part in a meeting at the same time, especially if you are following a creative arts course (eg film and media, graphic design or photography, counselling).
- Head sets if you are delivering counselling on placement via online or telephone.
- Software licences for graphic design and photography.
- Other digital or computer equipment that helps you to study more effectively at home.
To apply for this funding please complete the online form. Please also remember to provide evidence to support your application otherwise it will be rejected.
Remember to keep evidence of anything you buy with this money as we may ask to see receipts for audit purposes.
Higher Education Progression Bursary
A bursary of up to £900 will be allocated to students who study a Level 3 course with City of Bristol College in the academic year 2019/20 and enrol on the first year of one of the following specified higher education courses at the college starting in September 2020:
- FdA Business (£900)
- FdA Film and Media Production (£900)
- FdA Graphic Design with Digital Arts (£900)
- FdA Professional Photography (£900)
- FdA Creative Arts Therapy Studies (£900)
- FdA Counselling (£900 full-time, £600 part-time)
- FdA Early Years (£900)
- FdA Educational Support (£450)
- HNC Computing (£900)
- FdSc Health and Social Care Practice (£900)
- HNC Construction and The Built Environment (Construction) (£450)
- HNC Construction and The Built Environment (Civil Engineering) (£450)
- HNC Mechanical Engineering (£487.50)
- HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering (£487.50)
The bursary 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 or call 0300 100 0607.
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 £26,575.
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.
- Maximum of £8,700 a year available if you’re living away from home;
- Maximum of £7,324 a year if you’re living at home. 65% of the maintenance loan is non-means tested, meaning you can take out 65% of the maximum loan regardless of your household income. The remaining 35% is means-tested and dependent on your household income;
- You don’t need to pay it back until you are earning over £26,575.
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 £26,575 a year (or £1,750 per month);
- You repay 9% of what you earn above £26,575;
- Any loan remaining after 30 years will be written off;
- For more information, visit the Student Loan Repayment website.
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 £1,669 a year;
- Childcare Grant of 85% of childcare costs: up to £164.70 a week for parents with one child, or £282.36 a week for parents with two or more children;
- Adult Dependents’ Grant of up to £2,925 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
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;
- You don’t repay until your gross earnings are over £25,000 a year (or £1,750 per month);
- You repay 9% of what you earn above £25,000;
- 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
- Bristol Mind | 0808 808 0330 | Bristol – Wednesday to Sunday, 8pm to Midnight
- Wellspring Counselling | 01275 810 879 | North Somerset
- Womankind | 0345 458 2914 | For women 18+
Alcohol and drug issues
- Alcoholics Anonymous | 0117 926 5520 (Bristol) | 0800 917 7650 (national)
- Bristol Drugs Project | 0117 987 6000
Financial and housing advice
- Talking Money | 0117 954 3990
- 1625 Independent People | 0800 731 7213 | Supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
If your qualification is awarded by one of our partner universities, you may qualify for some of their support services.
University of Plymouth
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
The SHINE project is a self-help online system created by students, counsellors and researchers to support with Mental Health and Wellbeing.
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 has information for students on their website.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com, go to the Students’ Union website, or contact the SU directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always want to hear from you!