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Financial Support for Adults

Dependent on your circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for support if you are enrolling onto a course with Doncaster College

If you are aged 19+ (age taken as of 31st August 2023), you may be eligible for financial assistance towards the costs of your studies where you can evidence that you have a household income of less than £42,000pa (net income).

Applying online is quick and easy and you do not need to be enrolled to start your application.  Simply follow the ‘Guide to Applying’ and provide the requested evidence.  Please ensure you provide all the evidence requested as failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

When completing your online application, please remember the following.

  • You must have an up-to-date email address recorded on college records, without this, you will not receive your activation email.  Please check with us by emailing dcinfocentre@don.ac.uk. If you are unsure what email address is held on college records for you.
  • When entering your student ID number, only enter the digits not the ‘DC’ or the ‘DC00’ prefix.

If you have registered for financial assistance previously, you do not need to register again, you just need to login using your previous login details.  If you have forgotten your password for your login, click on the ‘Forgotten password’ link and follow the instructions

Apply Online

To apply for financial assistance online, please visit the following link:


Guide to Applying

Guide to applying 23/24

If you have any questions/queries regarding the Financial Assistance Application, please email FinancialAssist@don.ac.uk.

Travel Payment Schedule

Click here to view the Travel Payment Schedule (pdf)

Childcare Payment Schedule

Coming Soon.

Types of Support Available

Here’s a summary of some of the things you could be eligible for….

Please note: You need to be enrolled to be able to claim your financial assistance award so you will not be able to claim a refund or order any items until your first week at college.

100% support if you are studying Entry level, level 1 or level 2 where you do not meet any fee remissions. For information on fee remissions, please email DCInfocentre@don.ac.uk.

Advanced Learner Loans are available if you are studying a level 3 or above and do not meet any fee remissions, more information can be found below.

If you are studying your second/third year of a 2/3-year programme and you were 16-18 when you started, you are not required to pay tuition fees, the course remains free.

If you are under the age of 20 on the start date of your course and require childcare support, you will need to apply for this through Care2Learn. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview

If you are aged 20 or above on the start date of your course, you can apply for childcare support through the bursary fund whilst you are studying, subject to your attendance.


To be eligible to travel support, you must live more than 1 mile away from college.

Students aged between 18-21 who live in South Yorkshire can apply for the Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass through https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-GB/LandingPage/18-21-pass and receive concessionary travel @ 80p per journey on bus or tram in South Yorkshire.

For full guidance on the Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass and details on how to apply for this pass, please visit https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-GB/LandingPage/18-21-pass

Support towards course costs such as kit/uniform or equipment. This support must be approved by your tutor.

Daily allowance uploaded on to your student card to use at the onsite food outlets.

One off payment towards stationery.

Contribution towards printing uploaded to your student account.

Advanced Learning Loans

Students aged 19-23 who are studying their first full Level 3 qualification will be entitled to have their fees publicly funded and will not require an Advanced Learner Loan.

Students aged 19+ who already hold a full Level 3 qualification or above and wish to enrol onto a further qualification at the same level may wish to consider being funded through an Advanced Learner Loan if they do not meet any other fee remission.  Fee remissions will be discussed at enrolment, or you can contact FinancialAssist@don.ac.uk for further information prior to enrolment.

Where an Advanced Learner Loan needs to be considered, a Funding and Information Letter will be sent to you.  This letter will have all of the information you require to be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Loan eligibility does not depend on a student’s income and there are no credit checks.  Repayment of the loan only starts when the student has completed their programme of study and they are earning more than £27,295 (gross) a year.

Students enrolling on to an Access to HE programme will have their Advanced Learner Loan written off where they go on to complete a HE Undergraduate programme that is funded by Student Finance England.

To find out more and to make an application for an Advanced Learner Loan, please visit the following link.


Where students are fully funded by an Advanced Learner Loan they are advised to refer to the above information regarding financial assistance as they may be eligible for financial support to help with the cost of their studies through this.