Discretionary Learner Support
This is available in colleges and sixth form colleges to help those aged 19 or over with learning costs.
Some colleges, including sixth form colleges, have loans, grants or funds to help people aged 19 or over with learning costs.
In some cases, this will come from the Discretionary Learner Support scheme. The funds are prioritised for those facing financial hardship. They can be used to help with:
financial hardship and emergencies
childcare costs (if you qualify)
accommodation costs, for those who have to study a certain distance from home
essential course-related equipment, materials and field trips
Check locally with your college to see whether this is an option available to you.