19+ Finance and Funding

If you're aged 19+ we’ve put together an info guide about what grants and funds you can apply to and how you can save money on some of the costs of coming to college.

Click here to take a look at our financial guide.


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

  • Travel 
  • Uniforms or kit
  • Other course related costs

Applications are assessed based on;

  • The distance you live from campus
  • Your total household income
  • If you receive any benefits
  • The level of course you are studying

How to Apply:

Click here to find more information and apply.


When you study with us you can apply to the Gateshead College Foundation for cash to help you stand out when it comes to securing your dream career. The foundation can help towards travel and course costs and it can pay towards those amazing experiences that will really make your CV pop!   

What can I apply for?
  • Travel to work experience placements
  • Smart clothes for job or university interviews
  • Travel to university interviews
  • Competition entry fees
  • Conference tickets or trip costs

How to Apply

Click here to find out more information and apply.


If you’re over 19 and want to study a Level 3 to 6 qualification, which includes A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other vocational qualifications, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of the course fees.

Loans aren’t based on your household income and you don’t pay anything back until you earn over £27,295.

If you study an Access course and go onto complete a higher education course or degree, the loan will be ‘written off’ which means you don’t have to repay it.

How to Apply

You’ll need to know which course you wish to study and get a Learning and Funding Information letter from our Customer Services Team. They can be contacted on:

T: 0191 490 2246
E: start@gateshead.ac.uk

You can then apply to Student Finance England here

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
E: support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk 

Other Benefits

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

Daily parking is free at all our campuses. You just need to pick up an application form from campus receptions and you'll then receive an email to confirm when your permit is approved.

As a Gateshead College student you can apply for a TOTUM Extra Student Discount Card. With the card you’ll get exclusive discounts at all your favourite places including Amazon, Odeon, ASOS and Pizza Express https://www.totum.com/

If you’re under 20 you can apply to the Care to Learn scheme for help with childcare costs and travel expenses at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or if you do not have access to internet you can contact Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989.

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;

  • Understanding welfare benefits and what your entitled to
  • How to get out of debt
  • Understanding council tax and mortgage payments
  • Applying for Student Loans and childcare costs