Don’t let the cost of learning put you off studying.

As an adult student there is lots of financial support available to help you return to study.

If you’re thinking about studying with St Helens College, don't let the cost of studying deter you. You could qualify for some financial support. As well as this we have lots of flexible payment options.

We offer lots of flexibility if you have to pay course fees, you may be able to pay in interest-free installments, by debit or credit card, your employer may pay plus, for some courses, there are loans available to help cover fees.
The type and level of financial support/funding available to you may depend on your individual circumstances, such as age, level of study and financial situation.

If you join us on a full or part-time course we want to make sure that you can make the most out of your college experience and that everyone is able to study, regardless of their financial position. It is important that you speak to us to see what financial support help may be available to you.

Free course entitlement

You may be eligible to get up to 100% of your course fees covered if you:

  • earn under £15,736.50
  • are studying for your first level 1 or 2 or 3 qualification and are aged 19 - 23 years old on the day that the course starts. Please be aware, you may study an additional level 1 or 2 course with us if you fulfill the required criteria. Please speak to you enrolling tutor for more information.
  • are studying up to level 2, who may be unemployed and in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit or Disability Living Allowance.
  • Students wishing to claim full funding for their programme(s) of study under Adult Eduacation Low wage flexibility must be (a) eligible for co-funding and (b) earn less than £15,736.50 ( annual gross salary).
  • If your monthly earnings are less than £338 per month and you are in receipt of an active benefit or a college approved benefit, then you may be eligible for funding – please speak to your enrolling tutor for more information.
  • Your employer may have access to a levy that can be used to fund your training, complete this form to find out if you could be eligible or email our Business Development Team on

Find out more

For more information on the financial support available to you, contact our Student Support team by calling 0800 99 66 99. Alternatively, you can drop into College, Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 4.30pm or Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Our Student Finance and Welfare Manager is always around at our Enrolment and Information Events and can help signpost based on your specific circumstances.

Please note that terms, conditions and exclusions apply. This information is updated regularly, but we cannot guarantee that the detail will remain accurate as Government policy often dictates changes.