Further Education

If you’re studying a Further Education course, you may qualify for funding to help support you during your time with us.


If you are aged over 16 or under 19 on 31 August you will not normally be charged fees for tuition. Overseas or mature students will be liable for fees – details are available from the College on application.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept mature student applications into our full time 16-18-year-old day provision. This is due to the safeguarding issues related to having mature students taught alongside 16 year olds.


Important Information for Bursary Applications (Please note: The below is for 2021-2022 Academic Year)

Students whose household income is less than £70,000 per year may receive subsidised travel.  Complete the Bursary Application Form and you will be notified by email of the outcome, so please make sure your email address is clearly written.


*All Truro forms to be returned to Student Services, Mylor Building, Truro College, TR1 3XX


Please return the completed application form and evidence of household income to:
Student Services, Penwith college, St Clare Street, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2SA

Any issues with Bursary forms for Penwith contact us on 01736 809407

Bus Pass Information

Childcare Support Guide

Examination fees

Full-time students who don’t pay tuition fees wouldn’t normally be asked to pay fees for examinations taken as part of the course with the College’s approval. However, if you need to retake an exam, you’ll be asked to pay the fees to do so. If you pay your own tuition fees, you will need to pay your own examination fees. More details are available on application.

Free meals

Students who qualified for free meals at school can now apply for a meal deal card to use at College.

You will be eligible if your parent/carer qualifies for one of the following benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based).
  • Income Support.
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) provided annual income, assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190 (please note: this amount is subject to change in April every year).
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related).
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Fee remission for 19-23 year-olds

If you are 19-23 you may be eligible for fee remission for either of the following reasons:

  • The course will be your first full level 1/2 qualification
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers or Universal Credit

If neither of the above apply, then a fee will apply
To find out more, please email Michelle Boulton on michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

24+ Level 1 and 2 Courses

If you are 24+ and wish to study a Level 1 or 2 course you may be eligible for fee remission if you are unemployed and in receipt of either Jobseekers or Universal Credit.

If not then a fee will apply.
To find out more, please email Michelle Boutlon on michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

19-23 Level 3 Courses

You will only be eligible for fee remission if you do not already hold a Level 3 qualification. Otherwise a fee will apply – please see section below.

Advanced Learning Loan (Level 3/4/5/6 Courses)

Are you aged 19 or over and thinking about Further Education?

  • You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your Truro & Penwith College course fees, the loans are not subject to credit checks and household income isn’t taken in to account. You do not pay anything back unless you are earning over £27,295.
  • The Government no longer subsidises 19+ Learners with funding (If they already hold a full level 3 qualification). This means that fees are more expensive and the Government have created Advanced Learner Loans which helps with these tuition fees. You can use a loan to pay the whole of the course fee or you can part of the fee yourself.
  • Eligible courses include: Access to HE Diploma’s, Level 3/4/5/6 Certificates and Diploma’s.
  • If you complete an Access to HE course and take out a Loan to cover the fees, if you then go on to complete a Higher Education Degree then your Access loan would be completely written off including any interest accrued.
  • You don’t have to take out a loan, however its availability means that you can improve your knowledge without paying fees upfront.
  • There are also Bursary’s available for help with Childcare, Transport and Meal Deals etc.
  • Discover the wide range of opportunities at Truro & Penwith College and take advantage of this scheme to help you enhance your life plan.

For further information about 19+ fees, please contact: Michelle Boulton on email michelleb@truro-penwith.ac.uk.

Advanced Learner Loans are administered by Student Finance England (SFE). Student Finance England is a Student Loans Company service, providing financial support to students on behalf of the UK Government

Advanced Learner Loan Information Downloads

Financial Support for Students