Financial Information & Support

If you are aged over 16 and having difficulty meeting the financial needs of your learning, you may be able to apply for financial support, see below for more information and the relevant application forms. Most support is means-tested and only available to students who meet certain criteria. As such, we recommend you speak with our Student and Customer Services Team for more information as soon as possible. Call us on 01935 423921

Bursary Support Funds Policy and Process

Additional Charges

Additional costs will be charged for activities and materials dependent on the course being studied. Optional trips will also be charged separately.

16-19 Bursary Funds

A Guaranteed Bursary of £1200 is currently available for learners who are in care, care leavers, receiving Income Support or receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

A Discretionary Bursary is available for learners with a household income below a certain level, currently £30,000 for 2017/18. These awards are intended to help with financial barriers which may be associated with some course costs. Please note these funds are not available to students on waged apprenticeships.

For more details, download our Financial Assistance Form 2016/17.

Adult Discretionary Support Funds

These are available for students who are aged 19+ with a personal income below £26,000 or, where students are living with a partner with a household income of less than £36,000. You may be able to claim a contribution towards travel expenses, this is based on a mileage allowance, depending on how many miles you live away from college and how many days you are timetabled to be attending college.

Students aged 19+ may also be eligible to receive support with childcare costs.

For further information on Adult Discretionary Support Funds, or to discuss your personal situation please call Student & Customer Services on 01935 423921.

For more details, download our Financial Assistance Form 2016/17.

Childcare Support

16-19 Childcare Support

The Care to Learn scheme provides financial support for childcare for young people up to the age of 20 while they are in education or training. For information regarding the 2017/2018 academic year please visit the YouGov website.

20+ Childcare Support

If you are 20 or over on the 1st September in the year you start your course, you may apply for financial assistance for childcare through the 19+ Adult Discretionary Support Fund. You can receive support for childcare during your hours of study, as well as any time spent on compulsory work placements. If you are over 24, childcare support is available if you are studying a course level 1 or 2 course.

For more details, download our Financial Assistance Form 2016/17.

Free School Meals

These are awarded to students whose household income falls below £16,190. You may be asked to provide evidence of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Tuition Fees

Students who are 19 or over on 1 September in the first academic year of their course do not automatically receive free tuition. Please contact us for further details on fee remission details and eligibility.