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 31/08/2019 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; or
- Receiving DLA or PIP in their own right and ESA or Universal Credit in their own right; or
- Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves
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 31/08/2019 who live with a family with a net annual income of less than £22,500 (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).
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 31/08/2019 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).