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Financial support available whilst studying with us

While studying with us there are several additional funding opportunities which could be available to you. These range from temporary loans to help you manage your finances until you receive your student finance, to additional bursaries to help during times of financial difficulty.

Available Support

Short Term Loan (Bridging Loan)

  • Available to students awaiting student finance payments.
  • Once enrolled, you can apply for this loan.
  • Available throughout the year.
  • You will need to provide evidence of your student finance award and bank statements.
  • You will hear back within 7 days following application.

Student Opportunity Fund

  • Non repayable
  • Money awarded is based on individual circumstances
  • Opens for application from October/November each year
  • To help students experiencing financial hardship.
  • You will need to provide evidence of your student finance award and bank statements.
  • Application forms can be completed with support, if needed.

Low Income Bursary – £500

  • Applications go live in December, to receive funding upon return to university following the Christmas break in January.
  • This bursary is available for first year students
  • Application forms can be completed with support, if needed.

Care Leavers Bursary – £500

  • Are you under 25 years of age? Do you live in accommodation provided by the local authority (for at least 13 weeks, before the age of 16 years) – if yes, then you could qualify for this bursary.
  • Available each year you study.
  • If you are a care leaver, please let us know on your application

Council Tax Certificates

Exemption certificates can be arranged for full-time Students only. Please contact us for further details.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Bursary (Department of Education)

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

Additional Learning Support supports students with long-term mental, physical or specific learning difficulties [SPLD’s]. We encourage new and existing students to declare any disability or learning difficulty so that we can help you access the specific support that you require to manage your studies successfully. All conversations with the team will be confidential and information will only be shared on a strictly ‘need-to-know’ basis so that we are able to make reasonable adjustments to support your learning.

The team are wholly committed to promoting an inclusive student community and learning environment. We work strictly within the framework of the Equality Act (2010) to provide reasonable adjustments for all students with disabilities.

Contact the Additional Learning Support team to book an appointment to discuss your needs by emailing help.alsservices@dncolleges.ac.uk

Apprenticeship Support

Please note that students who are on an apprenticeship programme are not eligible to apply for a bursary as per funding guidance – students who are on a traineeship programme may be eligible for a bursary if they meet the eligibility criteria. If you are an apprentice and experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the welfare department.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the financial support available to you, please email financialassist@don.ac.uk.