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).
For students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2020 who are in one of the following defined groups, a £1200.00 bursary is available.
- 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
(Please see page 3 for full details and complete pages 1, 2,3, and 7).
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 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 4, and 7).
Free 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).
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.