Finance and Funding Information

If you're aged 16-18, we’ve put together a Money Saving Guide packed with information about what grants and funds you can apply to and how you can save money on some of the costs of coming to college.

  • Save on travel
  • Cash for kit
  • Free gym
  • Free meals
  • Free parking

Talk to us

Our team of finance experts are always on hand to help you understand what funding you may be entitled to and to help you complete the application forms.

T: 0191 490 4627


You can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary for help paying for;

  • Travel 
  • Uniforms or kit
  • Other couse related costs
  • Travel to work experience placements
  • Smart clothes for job or university interviews
  • Travel to university interviews
  • Competition entry fees
  • Conference tickets or trip costs

Applications are assessed based on your total household income or if you or your parent/carer receive benefits.

How to Apply

You can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary between July and August before you join us in September. Click here to find more information and apply.

Other Benefits

Free lunches are available to some students – saving you more than £300 a year. Plus free breakfasts for all students.

Click here to apply for free college meals

All students get free copies of Microsoft Office for any device; laptop, PC, tablet and phone.

All students get free membership to our three fantastic gyms at Baltic Campus, Skills Academy for Construction and the Academy for Sport, all packed with weight-training and cardio equipment, changing rooms and showers. 

Daily parking is free at all our campuses. You just need to pick up a Permit for £10 for the year. You can do this in your first few weeks of term.

As a Gateshead College student you can apply for an NUS Extra Student Discount Card. For just £12 a year you’ll get exclusive discounts at all your favourite places including Amazon, Odeon, ASOS and Pizza Express.

If you’re under 20 you can apply to the Care to Learn scheme for help with childcare costs and travel expenses. Or you can apply to the Gateshead College Bursary (see above).

You can apply to the Care to Learn scheme online at or if you do not have access to internet you can contact Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989.

With two discounted salons open to students and the public, there’s no excuse for not being ready for a job interview or night out.

Our Baltic Salon and Spa at Baltic Campus offers a full range of discounted hair and beauty treatments starting from just £4.

We offer a free and impartial careers service to all our students and prospective students who need help in deciding what to study or where to progress to after college. We can help with;

  • Careers advice
  • CV writing and job applications
  • University applications
  • Applying for Apprenticeships

You see the team at any Enrolment Event, or make an appointment by calling 0191 490 2216.

If figuring out your finances makes your head hurt, don’t worry you’re not alone. Our expert Finance Advisers can help with;

  • Applying for Student Loans and childcare costs

Lots of our students receive help from our bursary of up to £800 to cover the costs of:

  • Travel - you could enjoy travel support worth up to £500
  • Uniforms or kit – a saving of up to £100
  • Other course related costs
  • Competition entry fees
  • Trips and experiences that enhance your learning
  • Travel to university or job interviews

Click here to apply