Coronavirus Funding Information

We understand that a lot of our students will be concerned about their funding while the campus buildings are closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our funding team have provided a short update for all students currently in receipt of bursaries, EMAs, FE & HE Discretionary Hardship Funds and FE and HE Childcare.

Payment of Student Support Fund
As of 18 March 2020, until classes and placements resume you will be granted authorised absence with an expectation you engage in online learning where it is being provided for you by staff. Payment of your Student Support Fund award(s) of funds will be paid as follows:


Paid in full in the normal way on the scheduled date (please remember there are no payments for holiday weeks and this has not changed).

FE Bursary

Maintenance allowance for living costs will be paid in full in the normal way on the scheduled date. 

Travel Allowance
All travel allowance payments for students will stop from 23rd March 2020.

FE & HE Discretionary Hardship Funds
Paid in full in the normal way on the scheduled date.

FE & HE Childcare
Please submit childcare expense claim forms for term weeks only to Student Support Team email account (please remember there are no payments for holiday weeks and this has not changed). Mobile phone photographs of the whole front page claim forms will be acceptable.

Learner Support

The learner support teams usually based in Thurso, Alness, Dornoch and Nigg are all working from home. We are contactable on:

We are contacting students who we were working with before the college closed to make arrangements with them to continue their support. In the meantime, whether you have worked with us before or you are new to learner support, please do not hesitate to use the contact details above or private message our Facebook page (NHC Student
Support). Please regularly check your student email, college website or social media for updates.




For Further Education students only:

Applications for student funding can be applied for online through your Student Hub account. The Student Hub can be found at and there are guidelines on how to use the Student Hub.

Please note that completed funding applications must be received within six weeks of the start date of the course or funding will not be backdated.

Please apply for funding before you start your course.

Your application can only be processed once you have submitted the correct supporting documentation.  Due to the volume of applications, it can take up to 4 weeks to process the application.  Funds are limited and are based on a first come, first served basis.  This applies to Bursary, Discretionary, Childcare and Travel.

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We aim to have your funding in place at the start of your course if your application is submitted along with the correct supporting documentation by our deadline.  You can track the progress of your application on the Student Hub.

Funding documentation



Students commencing a course in August/September 2019 must be 16 years of age by 30 September 2019 to be eligible to apply for funding.

Students commencing a course in August/September 2019 who turn 16 between 1 October 2019 and 28 February 2020 can apply for funding from January 2020.

Students cannot receive travel funding or bus passes until they have met the age criteria above.

Students who are not eligible for EMA maintenance payments due to the level of household income may still be eligible for travel assistance.

Thresholds have increased to:

  • £24,241 for households with one dependent child
  • £26,884 for households with more than one dependent child

Please do not hesitate to contact Student Support on 01847 889227 should you have any questions.

EMA Guidance Attendance 2019/2020

Maintenance allowance 2019/2020


If you are 18 years of age or over on the day your course commences, you may be eligible for Bursary funding.  Funding, including travel, is means tested. If you are a care experienced person, you may be entitled to the care experienced award - you can find details of this on our Maintenance allowance 2019/2020.

Discretionary funding

These are funds available to students studying at Further Education Level and Higher Education Level.  If you are finding it difficult to make ends meet, you may be eligible for funding from these funds.  These funds will be distributed to students on a monthly basis.  We can also make one-off payments.

Childcare funding available to both FE and HE students

These are funds available to students studying at Further Education and Higher Education students who require assistance with childcare costs.

Information about applying for assistance with Childcare costs.

Registered childcare must be used.

  • Distribution of all funding is subject to satisfactory attendance.
  • All funding is subject to availability

Higher Education students

Funding applications for students studying at HNC (Higher Education Level and above) should be made to