Joining East Sussex College is an investment in your future. We are here to help you take a step closer to the career you really want, which is why finance shouldn't be something that gets in your way.

Depending on your circumstances and household income, you may qualify for financial assistance, such as a bursary or free public transport to help you get to college.

So, if you are thinking about joining us, but worry that finances might hold you back, just give us a call. Our well-informed and friendly staff will advise you about the support which might be available in your particular case and what you need to do next.

16-18 Bursary and Discretionary Bursary

Students (or their families) who are in receipt of eligible benefits or have a low income, and are studying a course that leads to a government funded qualification, may be eligible for an award from the discretionary Bursary Fund towards the cost of travel, compulsory visits and equipment/materials needed for their course. Eligibility criteria will apply.

Please note funds are limited and eligibility is no guarantee that an award will be made.

Students who are in care, leaving care, claiming Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name, in receipt of (ESA) Employment & Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment and (ESA) Employment & Support Allowance in their own name will be able to apply for the Bursary of up to £1,200 per year. The award will be dependent on individual needs as well as course.

Applications open on 10 August 2020

Please apply online:


Students who are, or who have parents, in receipt of certain benefits may be eligible for free meals whilst at College.

Contact the College for details.

Application for Free Meals is made on the Bursary application form.


Young parents under 20 at the start of the course may be entitled for help with childcare costs up to £160 per week whilst studying. The childcare provider must be Ofsted registered.

Find out more about Care to Learn at www.gov.uk or by calling 0800 121 8989.

studying first Level 2 or 3 course


Students aged 19-23 may be eligible for waiver of tuition fees and/or exam fees if they are studying their first full level 2 or 3 qualification. Level 2 Entitlements are also available for students who are studying an Entry Level or Level 1 courses where this qualification is essential to continue study at level 2, in the same or a related subject area.

Unemployed and low wage waivers

Students who are unemployed and receipt of certain benefits or students on a low income, may be eligible for a waiver of tuition and/or exam fees. Note that students aged 19-23 may not be eligible if they are studying their first level 2. Not available for level 3 courses and above. Please ask for details.



If you are applying for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay your course fees, please go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

You will need your Learning & Funding Information letter which you should have received from the college. If you need a new copy of this letter, please contact Admissions on 030 300 39699.

Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan and who need further assistance with their studies e.g. childcare and travel, may be eligible for a bursary award from this fund. Eligibility criteria will apply.

Please note funds are limited and eligibility is no guarantee that an award will be made.

Applications open on 10 August 2020

Please apply online:


Students aged 19 and over and studying on a course at Level 3 and above (excluding HE courses), may be able to apply for a government loan to cover some of the cost of tuition for courses. Students will not have to pay all the tuition fees upfront. The minimum loan amount is £300 and you apply online. Applying for a loan is not dependent on household income and there are no credit checks. Loans will be paid direct to the College on a monthly basis. Students will pay back their loan (plus interest) when they have finished their course and start earning more than £26,575. Please note that if students withdraw from their course they will remain liable for the FULL course costs.

Students who take out a loan to cover tuition fees for an Access to HE course at College and then complete a higher education course, won’t have to repay the remaining loan outstanding for the Access to HE course.

Find out more at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.



Students 19+ who are on eligible benefits or a low income and studying on course that leads to a government funded qualification, may be eligible for an award from the DLSF. Awards are available to help towards the cost of childcare, travel, compulsory visits, and equipment/materials needed for their course. Eligibility criteria will apply

This is not available to learners who are 19+ and undertaking courses that are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan or for students undertaking Higher Education courses.

Please note funds are limited and eligibility is no guarantee that an award will be made

Applications open on 10 August 2020

Please apply online:



A Professional and Career Development Loan could help students pay for learning that could lead directly to employment. It is a bank loan, so students will have to pay it back once they have left their course. No interest is payable for the period students are in learning.

Find out more about PCDLs at www.gov.uk or call National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.


Students must be studying or have studied at East Sussex College in Eastbourne, Lewes or Newhaven and need financial assistance to take full advantage of educational opportunities available to them. A range of awards are available (up to £200) to assist with the cost of materials, trips, books and equipment.


This fund is available to provide assistance to current students who are experiencing financial difficulty in coming to College and who do not qualify for help from other funds such as the DLSF. Awards range up to £100 to assist with things as books, uniform, equipment, visits and travel.


Staged Payments – for courses of over 12 weeks and £200, students can pay in instalments. Please contact the College for more information: 030 300 39699



Unizone is a unique Season ticket for students studying in or around Brighton areas.

More information can be found at:

Brighton Unizone gives you unlimited travel to all stations below:

The Brighton Unizone is available for the following periods:

  • Weekly: £18.40
  • Monthly: £70.70
  • Quarterly: £212.00

Fares are valid from the 2nd January 2020 until further notice

To qualify for a Unizone ticket you must have a National Union of Students (NUS) Extra card or a TOTUM (Current cost for one year £12) and a valid 16-25 railcard or 16-17 saver (Current cost for one year £30)

Present your valid NUS/TOTUM card with your railcard at one of the staffed stations within the Unizone area to purchase one your ticket. You must present your cards during all ticket inspections. You cannot buy Unizone tickets online, at ticket machines or on the train.

16-17 Saver

You can get a 16-17 saver if you are 16 or 17. It will give you 50% of most rail fares and can be purchased online at www.16-17saver.co.uk. The current cost is £30 for a year.

A 16-17 Saver gets you 50% off most rail fares every day of the year with no time restrictions and no minimum fare.

You can use 16-17 Saver discounted tickets to travel across the National Rail network, except on ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper services.

You can buy discounted tickets up until the expiry date of your 16-17 Saver. If you buy a discounted Season ticket before the expiry of your 16-17 Saver, you can continue to use this Season ticket for up to 4 months after expiry.

16-25 Railcards

You can get a 16-25 Railcard if you’re aged between 16 and 25, or you’re a mature student.

Mature students must:

  • Be attending a recognised college or university, for over 15 hours a week, at least 20 weeks a year. Unfortunately, Open University, distance learning and part-time courses do not qualify.
  • Have the mature student section of the 16-25 Railcard application form completed by their College or University.
  • Have an NUS/TOTUM card or College/University photocard as proof of identity.

Railcards can be purchased online at www.16-25railcard.co.uk or at any staffed Ticket Office. The current cost is £30 for a year.

The railcard will give you 1/3 off rail fares as well as other discounts.


The card will give you access to a range of student discounts as well as free ISIC (International Student Identity Card). You can choose from a 1, 2 or 3 year card. 1 year £12, 2 years £22 and 3 years £32.

You must be 16 or over and studying in Further or Higher Education to be eligible for an NUS/TOTUM card. The card is available to students, studying full time or part time, your course needs to require you to study at least 10 hours study weekly for a minimum of 12 weeks.

NUS//TOTUM cards can be applied for online at: cards.nusextra.co.uk.


The 3i-D card is available for students 11-19 who live and study in East Sussex. It is an ID card which can be used as ID on the buses ensuring you pay the fares you are entitled to. With it you can purchase the Freedom ticket for £17.50 which gives you unlimited travel on nearly every bus in East Sussex for 7 days in a row, including weekends.

For more information and to apply online go to 3i-d.co.uk. As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to select a verifier. Please select any of the options listed as the whole admissions team check all applications.

Please call bus and train companies for more detailed information.

Stagecoach - www.stagecoachbus.com Tel: 0871 200 22 33
Southern Rail – www.southernrailway.com Tel: 08451 27 29 20
Compass Buses – www.compass-travel.co.uk Tel: 01903 690025
Brighton and Hove www.buses.co.uk Tel: 01273 886200
East Sussex County Council www.eastsussex.gov.uk Tel: 0345 60 80 190
Countryliner www.countryliner-coaches-co.uk

The information above is correct at time of publication (July 2020) but is subject to change.

Contact Us:

Tel: 030 300 39699
Opening Times: 09.00-16:00 Monday-Friday
Eastbourne/Newhaven: Eastbourne.Admissions@escg.ac.uk
Hastings: Hastings.Admissions@escg.ac.uk
Hastings Financial Assistance: Hastings.FinancialAssistance@escg.ac.uk
Lewes: Lewes.admissions@escg.ac.uk