Funding

Previously, many of our students funded their course fees with a Career Development Loan. Unfortunately, the Government ended this scheme in 2019.

We are currently awaiting a decision from DoE to see if our students can apply for the Advanced Learner Loans, the COVID crisis has delayed this process. Although we have entered the process to bid for eligibility, we are currently not expecting our students to be able to access a government backed student loan for the 2020-21 intake.

We have contacted a number of funding providers, and will update this page as soon as we know more. If you'd like to be alerted when we know more about funding options for student loans, or want to discuss your options and ideas for funding the course, please email our finance administrator Adam on finance@actbrighton.org..

We currently recommend that prospective students who need finance to pay for their fees apply for a personal loan. It is currently possible to take out a loan which would cover the cost of our Diploma or Foundation with an APR of 2.8%.

We recommend you try the eligibility calculators on Money Saving Expert, as these will not affect your credit rating: Cheap Personal Loans

We feel a personal loan like this would be a good option for our students, if they can afford to pay loan instalments by continuing to work as the course is running. Another option is a private student finance company, like Future Finance. Although there is a higher APR (from around 18.7% variable), Future Finance loans offer the benefit of not having to pay large instalments until after you graduate. There is an excellent article on the Save The Students website about funding your tuition costs: Future Finance Loans and the Alternatives.

You may be able to get grant funding to cover the costs of your study at ACT, although it is worth noting that local authority grants are very rare. It is more common to gain contributions from charitable trusts. It is necessary to do your own research for this, since your eligibility for a particular charity may depend on your region, background, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, single parent status and so on – there are many funds with specific eligibilities which service students from those groups or communities. There is a publication called 'The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need' which can be obtained from the Citizens' Advice Bureau

For more detailed information and links to grant schemes please visit our Sources of Funding page.

Useful websites:
www.grantfinder.co.uk/
www.scholarship-search.org.uk

Please don't hesitate to contact our finance administrator Adam if you have worries about funding, he's happy to help assist prospective students who need advice on securing funding: finance@actbrighton.org.