Student Benefits Package (16-18)

Tuition is free for home students under 18 on a full-time course. However, additional financial support is available for young people to support them whilst they study.

Students aged 16-18 can apply for a bursary if their household income is less than £50,000 a year or your family is in receipt of certain benefits. Bursaries cover a number of course-related expenses including:

  • Books, equipment and uniform essential to complete your course
  • Educational trips and visits as approved by the college
  • Travel costs
  • Free college meals (To the value of £6 per day when in college)
  • Any other course-related expenses as approved by the college

The 16-18 Bursary is aimed at students aged 16-18, aged 19 if you are continuing on to the second year of a Level 3 course, or aged 19-24 if you have an EHCP. The Enhanced (Vulnerable) Bursary is for 16-18 year olds who are either in care (or have been in care) or in receipt of benefits in their own name.

How to Apply

You can apply for one of these bursaries via the dedicated bursary portal. You will need to upload evidence of your financial income to check your eligibility.

Benefits For Everyone

All East Durham College students can apply for/take advantage of:

  • FREE bus service to get you to and from college.
  • Free childcare and our own onsite nursery at the Peterlee Campus - Positive Steps Nursery.
  • Free use of our fantastic gym facilities (available to ALL students, full time or part time) at Impact Health & Fitness. Worth £450/year!
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Free print
  • Free computer software
  • Bag the NUS (National Union of Students) discount card, TOTUM. The UK's #1 Student Discount and proof of age ID Card and App with hundreds of discounts exclusively for students from just £14.99 a year. Check out the EDC Students' Union page for more details.
  • An extensive Personal Support programme to help you meet your learning needs and goal
  • Sports Scholarship

If you have any questions or want to check your eligibility for any of the benefits please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

Any questions?

Please use the enquiry form below or call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 to discuss your options.

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