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Financial Support

The College bursary is designed to help students who are experiencing financial difficulty in accessing or completing their course. Funds can be provided to help towards the cost of travel, meals, books, equipment and essential materials needed for your courses. You must be under 19 on the 31 August in the year in which you start your programme of study.

There are two types of 16 – 19 Bursary:

Guaranteed Bursary

You may be eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 a year, plus travel and meals. If you are applying for Guaranteed Financial Support, you must have evidence of one or more of the qualifying elements below:                                                                                                

  • in care or a care leaver or
  • a young person receiving income support or Universal Credit (e.g. young parents, young people living independently) or
  • a young person receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments

You can apply for the Guaranteed Bursary throughout the academic year; however, the funds will be allocated pro-rata.

Income-Assessed Bursary Support

College will provide an income-assessed Bursary for students whose Parents/Guardians household income is below £24,000 or you meet the Free Meals criteria.

To be eligible for free meals the Government threshold for entitlement remains at £16,190.

If your household income is between £24,000 and £26,000, the college may be able to provide support, but this depends on the availability of funding.

The College provides Bursary students with financial help towards transport costs and essential course costs.

The College will meet the costs of bus travel to and from college if you live 1.5 miles or more from College. This is normally in the form of a bus pass. (Please note the College is not currently issuing bus passes for summer term 2020 given COVID-19 and the College site closure.)

You must provide household income evidence. We require a full and complete copy of your HMRC Child Tax Credit Award for 2020/2021 or your Universal Credit Award Breakdown. If you are not in receipt of either Tax Credits or Universal Credit please upload proof of income documents, e.g. Wage slips for the last 3 months, self-employed earnings, P60.

Free School Meal Criteria

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guarantee Pension Credits
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with net earnings no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC

Care to Learn – Childcare

Care to Learn can help you with childcare costs while you study. You could receive up to £160 per week for each child. For more information and to make an application please visit .

The college understands that circumstances may change throughout the year, any applications received after the deadline will be considered. Please note Bursary Funding is limited. When available funds have been allocated, the scheme will be closed to applications.

If you require any help or advice on making a bursary application, please contact Jill Carr on extension 2260 or email .

All applications for financial support are  made online. To make an online application please click the link below. New applicants will need to register first before making your application. Enter your Student Reference Number beginning with T00. Once you have registered an activation email will be sent to the email address you applied to College with, this must be your own personal email address and not a parents/guardians or school.  If you haven’t supplied a personal email, please contact  to add one for you. Check your junk and clutter folders as the email could be classed as spam. Follow the activation link and you will then be able to login and make your Bursary Application.

If you made and received a bursary award in 2019/20 please login and start your application for 2020/21. Click the forgotten password link if you are unsure of your password.


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