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).


Students in LRC

Vulnerable Bursary

For students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2021 who are in one of the following defined groups, a £1200.00 bursary is available.

  • In care or a care leaver
  • 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 2021/2022

(Please see page 3 for full details and complete pages 1, 2,3, and 7).


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Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary (DB) will cover all essential course costs and contribute up to 60% towards the cost of a travel pass for students aged 16-18 on 31/08/2021 who live with a family with a net annual income of less than £21,000 (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.

Bursary application form 2021/2022

(Please see page 4 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 4, and 7).

hardbrockFree College Meals

FCM are available to students who meet the National Free College Meals Criteria.

Bursary application form 2021/2022

(Please see page 5 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 5 and 7).

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19+ Bursary

The 19+ bursary can contribute towards childcare and travel to College and is available to students aged 19+ on 31/08/2021 with a personal net income of less than £30,000 per annum.

Bursary application form 2021/2022

(See page 6 for full details and complete pages 1, 2, 6 and 7).

Additional Information and External Support

For full information regarding national guidance and eligibility for these awards mentioned above, please visit:



Grants and Bursaries for Adult Learners www.gov.uk/grant-bursary-adult-learners


Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.


Dorset Community Foundation (DCF) offer grants to students from low income families living in Dorset.


Olivia Inspires will help young people aged 11 to 18 whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship.


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