Finance & Welfare


The Northern Regional College recognises that for some students, the cost of travel or childcare, for example, may stop you from joining or continuing on a course or programme. The Student Finance Team can assist you with financial matters and help you to apply for any appropriate grants or awards that are available.

For further details and assistance, please contact:
Student Finance Team for Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney
028 2563 6254

Student Finance Team for Newtownabbey, Larne and Magherafelt    

028 9085 5000 ext 1249                                                   

Financial Help 

The following is a brief list of support available but is dependent upon your age, the level of study you are undertaking, your and/or your family’s circumstances. Other criteria may also apply. Important points to note are that some of the sources below have closing dates and therefore applying late may mean that you are unable to access financial assistance. If you are unsure what financial assistance may be available to you, please contact the Student Finance team.

Source Details

Care to Learn Scheme 

If you have care of a child then you may be able to get help with childcare and travel costs. This fund is administered through the College.  Age Range: For students aged between 16 and 20 at the start of the course.


This award is means-tested on household income and students may receive payment of £30 per week.  Age Range: For students aged between 16 and 19 on or between 2nd July and 1st July.

Further Education Award

This is a means-tested award for full-time students and usually has a closing date.  Age Range: Students must be 19 or over on 1st July.

Further Education Part-time Assistance

Means-tested tuition fee costs and a means-tested grant for books and related costs.  Age Range: Students must be 19 or over on 1st July.

Travel Pass

Northern Regional College Reception

Other criteria and age restrictions may apply and you should contact your local Education Authority for further information. Application forms are available from campus receptions in the College. Age Range: Students must be under 19 on 1st July and on a full-time FE course.

Hardship Grant

Northern Regional College Student Finance Office - Ballymena or Newtownabbey

Assistance is means-tested and students must have applied to all other sources of finance that are available to them in the first instance. This fund is administered through the College.  Age Range: Students must be 18 or over at the start of the academic year.

Higher Education Assistance 


Students undertaking HNDs, degrees and foundation degrees etc may apply for help from Student Finance NI for assistance with a tuition fee loan, a maintenance loan and a maintenance grant.  Age Range: Students aged 18+

Higher Education Part-time Grant 

This is a means-tested grant for tuition fees and books and materials. For more information, check Student Finance NI.  Age Range: Students aged 18+

Childcare Assistance 

Help with childcare costs may be available to both further and higher education students through Student Finance NI.  Age Range: Students aged 16+

Other sources of help

Northern Regional College Student Finance Office - Ballymena or Newtownabbey

There may be other sources of support available to you, such as free school meals, Disabled Student Allowance, Parents’ Learning Allowance etc. 


Widening Participation

The Northern Regional College’s vision for widening participation is that any eligible individual in its catchment area should be able to gain access to, and succeed within, higher education, irrespective of their personal or social background.  At Northern Regional College, we don’t want financial considerations to stop you from applying to the College. Equally, we want to ensure that you have the financial support you need while you are here.

The College Bursary Scheme provides bursaries of up to £250 per year for students with household incomes of less than £19,203. There will be no limit to the number of bursaries available – every student who meets the eligibility criteria will receive one.

Are you eligible for a College Bursary?

If you can answer 'yes' to the following questions, it is likely that [BC1] you will be eligible for a Bursary.

Is this your first full-time higher education programme?
Is your household income less than £19,203 per year?
Are you in receipt of a full maintenance grant?
Have you consented to share information through the PN1 Form?

Care leavers should note that they will qualify for a maximum bursary as long as they receive the maximum government maintenance grant, and that their household income will not be relevant as they will have been assessed independently by Student Finance.

How and when do you apply?

The Student Loan Company (SLC) will automatically assess you for a College Bursary when you apply for a Maintenance Grant/Loan. We advise you to apply to SLC by the end of August, if possible, as processing your application takes up to 6 weeks. This would allow your bursary to be fully approved for the payment date in Semester 2 providing your attendance is satisfactory and you are making academic progress.

How and when will I know if I am going to receive a Bursary?

The SLC will inform those students who are entitled to a bursary outlining the details of payments and confirming bank details.  Payment will be subject to the College successfully confirming your attendance.

Important information for continuing students

Students’ entitlement to a Bursary will be reassessed at the beginning of each academic year. There are several reasons for this, the most important being that your financial circumstances may have changed, and therefore, your eligibility.


For additional information you may wish to contact:

Western Education & Library Board
1 Hospital Road, Omagh
028 8225 4546
Or consult their website,

You are advised to make an application as early as possible.