Help with your study and living costs

There are several financial options available to help you to meet your study and living costs: 

  • Our Emily Ward Bursary scheme provides a limited number of means-tested bursaries 
  • You may be eligible for a government student loan or grant to cover some of your tuition fees and living costs
  • As a Norland student you are eligible to apply for a loan from Future Finance, the UK’s largest private student lender 
  • Some Norland students have successfully obtained grants and bursaries through scholarships or awards from organisations they have links wit
  • Many students work whilst studying and during the holiday periods and there is strong demand for Norland students to provide help with childcare 
  • We offer a fees payment by instalment plan across the academic year to help to spread the costs

Further information on these financial options is given below.


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Emily Ward Bursary

The Emily Ward Bursary scheme, named after Norland’s founder, provides a limited number of bursaries each year. The amount awarded varies, with the majority being a contribution towards tuition fees of approximately £1,000 to £2,000 per year for the duration of the three-year course. 

All bursaries are means-tested, and additional consideration is given to applicants from under-represented groups: 

  • Male students 
  • Ethnic minority students 
  • Mature students 
  • Students that are care leavers 

All bursaries are dependent on the completion of an application form, which is considered by the Norland Bursary Committee. If you are offered a place on our course, whether conditional or unconditional, bursary application details will be sent to you and you will be notified as soon as possible after a decision has been made. If successful, the bursary will be awarded for the entire duration of the threeyear course, subject to the successful completion of each year. 

21% of students were awarded a bursary in 2019/20.

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Loans and grants

The Office for Students (OfS) has registered Norland as an approved provider of Higher Education. This means that if you are an eligible student you will be able to access financial support through the Student Loans Company towards the cost of tuition fees and living costs.

You can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee student loan of up to £6,165 per year. The amount you apply for is paid directly to Norland by Student Finance England. You will be responsible for paying the difference between the fee loan borrowed and the total tuition fee payable to Norland. The loan is not means tested and you will only need to start paying back the loan once you have left the course and are earning over £25,000.

You can also apply to Student Finance England for a student loan to contribute towards your living costs, a portion of the loan is means-tested. You can start to pay this loan back at the same time as you start paying back your tuition fee loan.

Read the government guide on how to apply to Student Finance England for tuition fee and living cost loans

There is a different process for applying for student finance if you are from Scotland (visit the Student Awards Agency Scotland), Wales (visit Student Finance Wales) or Northern Ireland (visit Student Finance NI).

Norland College partners with Future Finance, the UK’s largest private student lender, to provide an alternative source of funding for our students.

About Future Finance Loans:

  • Loans are offered from £2,000 – £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
  • Loans are offered to UK, EU and international students with a UK domiciled address (note that Norland does not currently take international students)
  • Loans are available to students studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level (though Norland does not currently provide a postgraduate course)

Norland will be required to verify attendance on the course before any funding is released. Any loan funds requested for tuition fees will be released directly to Norland to be applied towards tuition fees, and loans for living costs will be paid directly to you.

To apply, you can submit an application online up to six months prior to the course start date. To find out more, check your eligibility or to submit an application visit the Future Finance webpage for Norland students

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Other ways to help finance your studies

Termly fees collected by Direct Debit, may be paid over eight instalments, due on or around the 1st of October, November, December, February, March, April, May and June. For more information on this scheme please contact the Finance team on 01225 904040 or email

In previous years, Norland students have successfully obtained grants and bursaries through scholarships or awards via their local councils, organisations that they may have volunteered with, or through links with past employers.

Many students work whilst at Norland and during the holiday periods. There is a strong demand for Norland students to provide childcare duties. In addition to nannying and babysitting positions, students have previously worked within childcare settings in ski resorts, summer sun holiday destinations and cruise ships. However, it should be acknowledged that the Norland course is demanding, and home study expectations are high, therefore caution should be exercised to ensure any work commitments do not affect your studies.

Some students choose to defer their course start date by a year or more to allow additional time to finalise financial arrangements. Please contact us if you would be interested in this option by emailing

The Norland Finance team are committed to making a Norland education as accessible as possible to all of our prospective and current students. For supportive, practical help and advice regarding financing your course, whether as a future or current student, you are strongly encouraged to contact our approachable Finance team via 01225 904040 or email

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Please note: If you are a British citizen, have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply to study at Norland in the normal way through UCAS.

If you are not a British citizen, do not have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or are a non-European Economic Area (EEA) or non-Swiss national, unfortunately you cannot currently apply to study at Norland.

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