Bolton College
Funding Your Course
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Scholarships, awards and other HE student financial support

Most students fund their course through a student loan.

Student Loans

For factual information about the student loan system and the package of support available, please visit The ‘quick link’ and video information on this site are a useful starting point for students and parents wanting to explore loan options.

To find out about repayments and interest on a loan from the Student Loans Company, please click this link.

Access to Learning Fund (ALF)

The Access to Learning Fund is a financial resource that is available to students undertaking a higher education course. Awards made from this fund are usually non-repayable grants. There are a number of criteria that need to be satisfied before a student can access this fund. Applications for this fund are assessed by a panel that will meet according to the level of student submissions. The funds are not large, but they may be helpful to a student who may need additional finances. You can obtain information by contacting Student Services on 01204 482182.

Bolton College Higher Education Progression Award  

Bolton College students, who progress from a level 3 to an HNC or HND course with us, are now entitled to receive a sum amounting up to to £500 over the two years of their course – based on a cheque for £200 on successful completion of Year 1 and a second cheque for £300 on successful completion of Year 2. These amounts are for full-time students; part-time students will receive a pro rata amount. For more details, please click here.

Bolton Partnership Bursary    

The University of Bolton offers up to £500 per academic year for full-time students and up to £250 per academic year to part-time students to eligible UK and EU undergraduate University of Bolton students.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The student must have commenced on their first undergraduate course of study in September 2015 or later, must be studying at University of Bolton and be paying tuition fees of £9,000 if studying full-time, or £6,000 if studying part-time. Fees must be paid via tuition fee loan or student must be self funded.
  • Applicants must be full or part-time U.K. or E.U. undergraduate Higher Education University of Bolton students. The Bursary will be paid for the first HE course only not equivalent, lower level or ‘top-up’ HE courses. 
  • The student must have successfully completed an approved preparatory course at Level 3 (e.g. A-Levels) at the partner institution or an Access Course at University of Bolton.
  • The student must have firmly accepted an offer of a place on a full or part- time course by 1st August for Semester 1 entry, or 1st January for Semester 2 entry.  If the student has not accepted the offer of a place by the above dates, despite fulfilling other criteria for the Bursary the student will receive only half of the Bursary in the first year of study and the full award in subsequent years.
  • Students on PGCE/Cert Ed courses are not eligible.

In order to receive the Bursary, students must have applied for student funding via, regardless of whether applying for other support. This is because, although this is a University of Bolton award, payments are made from the Student Loans Company on behalf of the university. (Please note: as the award is household income assessed, you must apply for Financial Assessment of your student application to Student Finance England).

Bursary payments will be terminated if the student withdraws, transfers to another institution or fails their programme of study. Bursary payments will be suspended if a student interrupts their studies.

For further information please call Karen Bentley, Student Funding Advisor, on 01204 903 497 or Carol Gray, Bursaries and Scholarships Advisor on 01204 903 499 or email

Other Financial Support

Other funding support is available to help some students with childcare costs.

Speak to Student Services at our Deane Road campus on 01204 482191 to discuss this option.

Please be aware that we try to distribute all funding support as fairly and equitably as we can.