College Funding and Awards

For all college funding enquiries, drop in to speak to Ali Moorhouse, County College Manager, A30 County Main (next to the Porters Lodge) or email her at ​ ​

​Emergency Loans (up to £100)

​The College can offer emergency loans up to the value of £100 to UK, EU and International students who are in financial difficulty, where students have no alternative source of funds or experiencing delays with their government funding or sponsor funding. Emergency loans are repayable within four weeks and are interest-free.

College Fund (up to £500)​

These awards are paid in the form of a grant and are non-repayable. If you consider yourself to be in financial hardship and wish to be considered for an award from this fund you must complete a College Fund Application Form and discuss your application with Ali Moorhouse, County College Manager. Successful applications will be forwarded to the Fees and Funding Service who will review, approve and arrange payment. Cross-references will also be made at this time for any other submitted hardship applications.

Steve Dempster Personal Development Fund

Applications may be made by undergraduate members of The County College for grants of up to £100 to attend one-day conferences, events, exhibitions, interviews or any other personal development opportunities. Applications must demonstrate how attendance will benefit a student's academic studies and applicants must provide a bank statement (most recent month) to evidence the requirement for financial support. Further information can be found on the Steve Dempster Personal Development Fund application form. 

2017 marked the passing of the County College’s Vice Principal, Dr Steve ‘Stig’ Dempster. Steve was an alumnus of Lancaster University, having completed his BA, MA and PhD at the university before taking up his lectureship here in 2014.

Steve embodied the values of Lancaster University and was a true stalwart of the County College. From the early stage of his postgraduate studies, he was actively involved in college life; first as a College Tutor, then as College Dean for 10 years and finally as the Vice-Principal.

Steve genuinely cared about students and understood that the colleges represented more than a place of residence; that they offer a community for both staff and students to learn from each other outside the confines of the classroom.

Lancaster University ran through Steve’s veins and he will be greatly missed by colleagues and students, past and present.

photo of Dr Steve Dempster

Engagement & Opportunities Fund (up to £50)

​Undergraduate members of The County College are able to apply for grants of up to £50 to allow them to take advantage of any activity or opportunity that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Applications must explain how the requested funds will benefit their student experience or ability to engage in extra-curricular activities. As this fund is all about helping students to overcome financial barriers to engaging in university life, applicants must provide a bank statement (most recent month) to evidence the requirement for financial support. Applicants must complete an Engagement & Opportunities Fund form and discuss their situation with Ali Moorhouse.

​The County College Travel Award (up to £150)

Applications may be made by undergraduate members of The County College for travel grants to undertake trips in the Easter and Summer vacations. Grants are awarded for voluntary activities that can be seen to benefit academic studies. Funding is also available for those participating in a Global Experience vacation trip. To apply for either award complete an application form and submit to Ali Moorhouse: Travel Award Form

PG Studentships (2 awards available per year of £1000)

This award is for students entering postgraduate study at Lancaster University who were County College students during their undergraduate degree. The award is made on the basis of financial need and academic merit and is normally for one academic year. Awards are subject to successfully enrolling on a postgraduate course at Lancaster University. The County College Studentship Application Form can be submitted from 1st April each year and must be returned to Ali Moorhouse, County College Manager by the deadline of 1st June.