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Financial Support

Internal and External schemes for those studying a Further Education course (FE), to support with tuition and course costs and the costs associated with attending College.

As schemes and guidelines can change throughout the year, the information provided on this site is only intended as a guide to the support that may be available to you. As such, if after reviewing the information provided you have any questions then please email them to the MMS team at [email protected] In line with GDPR rules and regulations, all information provided to us will be kept securely and treated confidentially.

If you are studying a Higher Education (HE) course then please contact the HE team to see what funding options are available to you.

*PLEASE NOTE: some Access to HE courses are FE and not HE courses

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Direct Payments &
Flexible Payment Plans

Make a direct payment via the college's payment portal or set up a flexible payment plan.

Considering Your Financial Support Options

Before you enrol, it is important that you are fully aware of the costs involved in studying an FE course at college. You can find information regarding fees within your joining instructions or by speaking to a member of your department, finance or the customer experience team. You will need to pay your fees or apply for funding or an advanced learner loan by the first day of your course.

Remember that it’s not just course fees that you may need to think about, the day-to-day costs of attending college, such as travel, equipment, food and childcare are also important. You can find out about the financial support schemes that may be available to you in the section entitled ‘What Funding Support Options are Available?’ section below. Please be aware that your bursary will be based on your age as of 31st August in the year that you started/start your course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find your answer? Get in touch at [email protected].

Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan online?

Yes, applying online is quick and easy. You can register and apply online at www.gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan. If you need any help, please contact the MMS Team.

Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan after my course has started?

You should apply as early as possible to make sure Student Finance England can pay at the start of your course. However, you can apply for a loan at any time during your course, but not after you have completed it.

Residency Support Schemes

Please note that SGS do not currently deal directly with Residency Support Schemes. Information regarding support that may be available to you can be found on the Gov.uk website

Bursary Appeal Information

If you have applied for one of our internal bursary schemes but wish to appeal the decision of that application, you can do so before June 2021. You can appeal via email at [email protected]

You must provide your full student number, contact details and inform us why you wish to appeal.

Advice Agencies and Debt Charities

There are a number of agencies, charities and other types of financial support website that can offer information, advice and guidance on a number of ways to budget and assist with debt. It is always worth checking with the MMS Team to see what internal or external schemes SGS can help with.

MMS Team
Contact Information

Please note: We cannot guarantee that we will be able to answer the phone and as such email is our primary means of contact.



MMS Manager


MMS Team Leader


MMS Guidance Officer

 Filton, Filton Ave, Filton, Bristol BS34 7AT
[email protected]
0117 909 2381



MMS Funding Officer

 Stroud, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AH
[email protected]
01453 761185

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