Education is an investment for your future, but we know that it can have financial implications in the short-term. Our advisers provide free and impartial financial advice on course fees and bursaries.

We are able to support you to ensure you receive the extra help you may be entitled to.

Learners aged under 19 & learners 19+ with an EHCP

If you are a UK citizen and have been resident for the last three years you will not need to pay tuition or examination fees. If you are an EU/EEA National and were resident in the UK before the 1st January 2021, please advise us about your current settled or pre-settled status. If you have received your pre-settled or settled status you will need to provide us with a ‘share code’ to prove your status here in the UK – you can get your code from this website. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs. We offer two kinds of financial support:

The Learner Discretionary Bursary

This can help with course related items. Speak to one of our friendly advisers who will discuss your options and advise you on how to apply; we try to help as many learners as possible.

Vulnerable Learner Bursary

This is available if you live in care, are a care leaver, have your own right to Income Support or are on both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. If you meet any of the above criteria, get in touch and we will guide you through your options.

16-19 Bursary & Free Meals – Click here to find out more.

Learners aged 19 and over

Advanced Learner Loans BursaryClick here to find out more.

The financial cost of any of our adults courses will depend on your personal circumstances, but there is plenty of help out there. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if you’re enrolling on a Level 3 course or above, and you don’t need to pay it back until the course is completed and you’re earning £26,725 or more. You’re able to apply once you’ve received your offer. Please contact us for more information or click here to read more about it.

Young learners with families

Care to Learn is intended to help young parents under the age of 20 to continue or start their education after the birth of a child. The scheme provides funding for Ofsted-registered childcare provision while the young parent is engaged in a study programme. For more information, and to see if you are eligible, visit:

Skills for Life

At Totton College, we have a long history of providing a supportive and nurturing environment for learners with all abilities and of all ages. Financial support is available to support students with additional needs to continue their education with us. Our Skills for Life team can provide advice and guidance through your application.


For more information about any of the funding options available, or to discuss your educational finance options, contact the Totton College information centre at or call 023 8087 4847.