Financial Support for Adult Learners

Aged 19 or older, looking to return to full or part time study? Worried about money?

Learners aged 19 and over on 1 September 2017 will normally pay registration, tuition and exam fees in addition to kit, additional activity, visits or books.  However, there is lots of financial support available, and in some cases, your tuition fees may be waived. If you need any help in assessing whether you’re eligible for financial support, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01223 418443 or email us on

Free Tuition

You may qualify for free tuition on courses leading to a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification if:

  • You are enrolling on an Entry 3 or Level 1 programme where the learner doesn’t currently have a full Level 2 qualification
  • You are currently unemployed, seeking employment and enrolling on this course to help get back into employment, as well as in receipt of an eligible benefit;
  • You are aged 19-23 on 1 September 2017 studying your first full level 2 or level 3 qualification.

You would still need to pay for the registration, exam fees and any other costs associated with your course. Please contact our Student Administration team on 01223 226347 for more information and fee advice.

Discretionary Bursary

The college is able to offer eligible learners financial support through our Discretionary Bursary Fund. This offers assistance with any fees such as kit, additional activities, visits and books that are considered essential to your participation on the course.  Assistance may also be given for transport, either the college bus or public transport.  Any learners aged 19 or over on 1 September 2017,  from a low income household (under £25,000 per annum) can apply for assistance through this scheme. There is a separate specific fund to assist with childcare.

Advanced Learner Loan

Eligible learners are able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to cover some or all of the College course fees.  These loans are administered through the Student Loans Company with a minimum loan available of £300 to cover fees for an eligible full Level 3 or higher qualification.  Click here to find out more about Advanced Learner loans.

Higher Education Study Loans & Grants

Higher Education students are able to apply for a Higher Education study loan or grant from Student Finance England.


Learners with Learning Difficulties

Learners aged 19-24 on 1 September 2017 who have an up-to-date Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which references CRC as the education provider will not be charged for any tuition, enrolment or exam fees, or for registration fees to external validating bodies.  There may be additional costs associated with the course such as visits, kit/equipment or additional activity but these will be clearly communicated to potential learners in advance.

For any financial support queries, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01223 418443 or email us on


Cambridge Campus Status

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Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.