Funding your study

The aim of the funding links is to provide you with useful information to different funding options available for further education. This is not a complete list of products available but provides a starting point to explore different options. Always check the terms and conditions to make sure that you can afford any repayments.

The College Bursary

A bursary for serving police officers and staff in England and Wales to contribute towards the cost of tuition fees only. This can be used for two years of study, for a range of undergraduate or postgraduate courses subject to meeting the specified eligibility criteria. Up to £2,000 per year for two years (maximum of £4,000). Bursary funds are paid to the recipient’s police force in the form of a grant. The application window typically opens for one month a year around March/April. Bursaries can only be used to fund study provided by a recognised or listed academic provider based in the UK.  Bursaries do not have to be repaid subject to meeting the criteria as set out in the Funding Agreement signed by recipients and the Grant Agreement made with the force. For more information on the bursary scheme:

College of Policing bursary scheme

Police Mutual

A personal loan offered by Police Mutual trusted partner, Neyber, specifically for professional training. To qualify you must be a member of the Police family, which is serving or retired police officers, staff members, and special constables.

Personal loans

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

This loan is not to be used toward the cost of a first full-time degree. However, it can be used for a range of courses lasting up to two years. Loans are usually at a reduced rate and interest is paid by the government while you study.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Grants, Scholarships and Non-College Bursaries

You  can apply for grants and bursaries to help pay for courses and training. Usually, you do not have to pay this money back. For most grants and bursaries, you apply directly to the organisation that gives them out. They will  have an application form and will be able to tell you if you qualify.

Grants and bursaries for adult learners – GOV.UK (


Information on other forms of financial support for your undergraduate and postgraduate study. This link contains details of bursaries and scholarships that may be available for you to apply for.

The Complete University Guide

Government Funding For Post-Graduate Study

A step-by-step guide to check if you are eligible for student finance, find out how much you can get, how to apply and when you start repaying. Funding for postgraduate study – GOV.UK (

Other Funding For Post-Graduate Study

Discover your postgraduate funding options with this guide to the loans, scholarships, and bursaries available, also get advice on employer sponsorship and working while studying. This website provides links to grants offered by various research councils.


Government Student Finance for Undergraduate Courses

A step-by-step guide to check if you are eligible for student finance, find out how much you can get, how to apply and when you start repaying. Student finance: Eligibility – GOV.UK (

Funding a second degree

Funding for a second degree. You can search for relevant scholarships and bursaries on this database.

How to get funding for a second degree in the UK – The Scholarship Hub