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 Benefit and Children’s Tax credit.
- 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).
Discretionary Bursary Fund
The aim is to support learners from low income backgrounds with essential costs such as College travel, books, trips or uniforms.
Who is eligible?
Students may be assisted from the Discretionary Bursary Fund if they meet the following criteria:
- Aged 16-18 at the start of the course.
- Studying a state funded course at Brockenhurst College, including our skills centres (most 16-19 full time programmes meet this criteria).
- Living in a household where the total annual household income is less than £21,000.
Level of funding offered
For example, a student who qualifies for a Discretionary Bursary (i.e. lives in a household where the total annual income is less than £21,000) will be eligible for:
- A contribution of 50% towards a College Travel Pass.
- Funding towards items confirmed as essential by Heads of Department. This could include uniform items, CRB check, UCAS application fee for University, core text books and course-related trips.
Free college meals
To be eligible to claim free college meals your household income must be below £16190 per annum and must be claiming one of the relevant benefits. (See Discretionary Bursary application form for full details).
Government Vulnerable Bursary
Students aged 18 and under at the start of their course in the following groups may receive a non-repayable bursary of £1,200 a year if the following criteria is met:
- Young person “in care”
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in their own name
This can be used for help with the costs of travel, books, equipment, trips and any other items. Any money left over after these essential items are covered can be paid into your bank account on a regular basis throughout the course.
Who is eligible?
Students may be assisted from 19+ Bursary if they are:
- Aged 19+ at the start of their course.
- Studying a state funded course at Brockenhurst College (not HND, Degree or Apprenticeship programmes).
- If they are living with a family whose income is less than £30,000 excluding Benefits.
- A contribution towards travel to college.
- Funding for childcare whilst studying
- Course-related costs, including course trips, books and equipment.