Bursaries & Financial Support

Bursaries & Financial Support

We understand that further education may involve some extra expense. There are a number of ways to access help with these costs.

  • Ensure that your family is accessing all the state benefits they are entitled to, including Child Benefits.
  • Check with your Local Authority to see if they will assist with travel costs (now mainly aimed at students with special needs).
  • Check if there is help available from local charities or trust funds.
  • Apply to our College Bursary Fund (see below).


Vulnerable Bursary

For students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2020 who are in one of the following defined groups, a £1200.00 bursary is available (please see page 3 of the Bursary application form for full details and complete pages 1, 2,3, and 7).

  • In care, a care leaver, or have a Special Guardianship Order
  • Receiving DLA or PIP in their own right and ESA or Universal Credit in their own right
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves

Bursary application form 2020/2021

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Students studying in our Learning Resource Centre

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary (DB) will cover all essential course costs and contribute 50% towards the cost of a travel pass for students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2020 who live with a family with a net annual income of less than £18,000 (we do not include any benefit income in this calculation).

Students aged 19 or over are only eligible for a DB if they have an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) or are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16-18 (please see page 4 of the Bursary  for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 4, and 7).

Bursary application form 2020/2021

hardbrockFree College Meals

FCM are available to students who meet the National Free College Meals Criteria (please see page 5 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 5 and 7).

Bursary application form 2020/2021

19+ Bursary

The 19+ bursary can contribute towards childcare and travel to College and is available to students aged 19+ on 31/08/2020 with a personal net income of less than £30,000 per annum (please see page 6 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 6 and 7).

Bursary application form 2020/2021

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Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.


Dorset Community Foundation (DCF) offer grants to students from low income families living in Dorset. All grant applications have to be made direct to DCF. Criteria and guidance can be found here: DCF Bursary Scheme Criteria 2021


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