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At Central Bedfordshire College we want to ensure finance isn’t a barrier to your studies. The College has access to government funding that could help you with some of the costs of studying a Further Education course. This support could be in the form of travel costs, course equipment, uniform and childcare funding if you need it.

All funding from the "Discretionary Learner Support Fund” (DLS Fund) is dependent on your circumstances.

To access the "Discretionary Learner Support Fund" (DLS Fund) to help with the cost of coming to college you will need to provide evidence of your circumstances. Eligibility for help will depend on your age, your household income and your immigration status.

You may qualify for help if your household income is below £26,500 per year, or if you are aged 19+ and can provide your own income evidence showing that your income is less than £26,500 per year.

DLSF policy


Applications for 2020/21 are now open, please see below to apply!



If you are aged under 20 at the start of your course and need help with the costs of childcare while you are studying, you may be eligible to apply to the government "Care to Learn" scheme. You could get up to £160 a week per child.

To find out more information and to apply please click here.

If you are aged 20+ at the start of your Further Education course, the college may be able to support you with childcare costs through the DLS Fund while you are studying. The application has closed for the 2017/18 academic year. We will be taking applications for the 2018/19 academic year after the Easter Half Term. After applying, you will need to collect a "20+ Childcare Application Form" from the Helpdesk at any of our sites. Please read this carefully and fill in with your chosen childcare provider and return to us.


If you are aged between 16-18 on 31st August you may be eligible to receive free college meals; if you or your parents are in receipt of qualifying state benefits, or were previously entitled to free meals from 1st April 2018.


If you are a young carer (aged 16-25) living in Central Bedfordshire or Bedford, you may be able to apply for a carers grant to pay for a break, activity, service or training, or to improve your health or wellbeing.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

You can also apply for a discount card which can save you money with over 90 local and national businesses; please click here for more information.


To find out information on course tuition fees and loans, please click here.


In the process of applying for and receiving any funding from the DLS Fund, if you feel a mistake has been made and you wish to appeal this decision, please collect an appeals form the Helpdesk at any of our sites. Please complete and submit this to the Helpdesk at any of our sites or to reception at main site. This will then be reviewed by the Head of Student Services and your Learning Area Manager. You will be informed as soon as a decision has been made.


If your need further advice and guidance then please contact the Welfare Team at Central Bedfordshire College. We are based at the main Dunstable campus Monday - Friday 9.00 - 16.00.

Call: 01582 349 641/643

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