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The College Bursary Fund is designed to provide assistance to 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 materials needed for courses. You must be under 19 on the 31 August in the year in which you start your programme of study. Eligibility is assessed on parental income and home/personal circumstances. All bursary applications are made online using the link below.

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 .

There are two types of 16 – 19 Bursary:

Guaranteed Bursary:

This is for those students most in need, who will be eligible for a guaranteed £1,200 a year, plus travel and meals. You will be eligible for this bursary if you are:

  • In care or a care leaver
  • A young person receiving income support (e.g. young parents, young people living independently, young people who are registered disabled)
  • A young person receiving both Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance

To be eligible for the Guaranteed Bursary you must provide appropriate evidence, a letter from the local authority confirming your care status or a letter confirming your qualifying benefits. You can apply for the Guaranteed Bursary throughout the academic year, however the funds will be allocated pro-rata.

Income-Assessed Bursary:

College will provide an income-assessed Bursary for students whose Parents/Guardians household income is £20,000 or below. If you meet the free college meals criteria, you will be considered as a priority application.

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

To be eligible for the Discretionary Bursary your parents/guardians must provide appropriate evidence, your bursary application may be delayed if evidence is not provided.

If you think you qualify for a bursary

If you think you qualify for a bursary

 Please make your application using this link

  • Make your bursary application by registering on the bursary portal using your college student reference number beginning with T00. Please check you have all the right information available to upload before completing the online application.
  • Applications will not be processed if proof of eligibility and/or parent/guardian income is not uploaded with your application.
  • If you require any help or advice on making a bursary application please contact Jill Carr.
  • To be eligible for transport costs to be met you must live 1.5 miles or more from the college. Please choose which travel pass you require when making your application.

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.

The payment of awards will be dependent upon satisfactory attendance and behaviour. You must attend a minimum of 95% of lessons to qualify for payments. Payments will be reduced if your attendance falls below this and will not be paid where attendance is 80% or less.

Bursary payments will be paid directly into the student’s bank account.

If you require further information or help making your application, please contact Student Services on Tel: 01772 460181 or email:



TELEPHONE: 01772 460181

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