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Study Plus Advice

We want your experience at Croydon College to be as smooth and trouble-free as possible. As a student you have so many important things to deal with aside from your studies – money, accommodation, travel and so on.

Our ​Study Plus Advice Team are there to provide help with a range of important issues which might otherwise affect your progress at College and beyond.

The friendly, approachable team offer confidential and impartial advice, and can direct you to sources of support in the College and to external agencies appropriate to your needs. We will also assist you in making informed choices to help you take control of life’s difficulties.

The ​Study Plus Advice Team is based in the ground floor rotunda area and offers a drop-in service from 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday (10am-5pm on Wednesdays) where you can get support and advice on:

  • Financial issues and dealing with debt
  • Housing/accommodation
  • Personal issues
  • Residency status
  • Emotional wellbeing

Through our extensive links with external agencies in the local community we offer advice and guidance during term time for specific health and wellbeing issues. All discussions are confidential.

Wednesdays (12 – 2pm) Sexual Health: Croydon NHS

Financial support while you study at Croydon College

The College offers a range of financial support packages and bursaries. You can apply for financial support to help with costs associated with your study – for example, childcare expenses or costs associated with the course. All applications will be assessed on an individual basis.

We recommend that you apply early because funds are limited. If you would like to discuss what financial support may be available to you, please contact the Student Advice Service.

School leavers

If you are aged 16-19 (18 at the start of your course) in full-time or part-time Further Education, you may be eligible for a Discretionary Bursary to pay for essential education-related costs such as books, equipment and College trips from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Please note that bursaries are subject to your household income.

If you are under 20 at the start of your course and have a child, you may be eligible for financial assistance towards your childcare costs from the Government’s ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. For details, visit the website: https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Adults

If you are over 20 and have a child, you may be eligible for financial assistance towards your childcare costs from the Student Advice Service. However this fund is extremely limited, so early application is advised.

If you are aged 19 or over, on a Further Education course and facing financial hardship, you can apply to the College for the means-tested 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund (19+DLS) to pay for essential education-related costs such as books, equipment and College trips.