Financial Support

The College receives funding from the Government to support young people who need financial support in order to continue in further education. If you are a UK citizen or continuous resident in the UK for the last 3 years before the start of the course, and are pursuing or intend to pursue a full or part time course of study during the academic year but you are inhibited by financial difficulties or by anticipated financial concerns then you may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

16-18 Discretionary Bursary

Currently bursary payments are made weekly at a rate of £10 a week and are subject to 100% attendance.  In addition, assistance with weekly travel costs may be available.

At present these are available for students aged between 16 -18 and whose household income is below £25,000 per annum who need assistance with course related costs such as materials, transport, meals and trips .

If you think you may be eligible, please contact the college and ask for a blue “Application for College Bursary” form, you will be expected to provide evidence of household income such as a Tax Credit Award Notice or Benefits award letter.

In addition there is financial assistance for specific one off course related costs, along side the weekly college bursary payment. You can apply for extra help with these costs by requesting and completing a pink “16-18 Application for Specific Grant” form.

Please note this fund is discretionary and subject to available funds.

Information on Free College Meals

For students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2016 and whose parents (or students in their own right) are in receipt of one or more of the following qualifying benefits:

  • Income Support/Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax
  • Credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on.

Also, students who are 19-24 and are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care plan may be eligible.

To apply, please complete a gold “Application for Free Meals” form.  You must provide evidence of one or more of the qualifying Benefits listed above such as a Tax Credit Award Notice or Benefits award letter.

16-18 Vulnerable Bursary

Vulnerable bursaries are paid weekly at a rate of £30 per week.  Payments are subject to 100% attendance.

For students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2016* and who fall into one of the following categories:

  • You live in Local Authority care or placed in foster care by LA (inc unaccompanied asylum seeking children)
  • You are a Local Authority care leaver
  • You are in receipt of Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in your own right
  • You are in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in your own right.

To apply, please complete a blue “Application for College Bursary” form.  You must provide evidence of receipt of qualifying Benefits or care/care leaver status (written confirmation from Local Authority).

Care to Learn

Care to Learn provides assistance with childcare costs while studying for students aged 16-19 at the start of their course.  Payments of up to £160 per child per week is payable to an Ofsted registered childcare provider to enable students to continue their studies.

Students must complete an application online at

Further information can be found at

What to do next

All application forms are available from the Student Finance Office and staff can help you complete forms and check eligibility.  All information that you provide will be treated confidentially.  If you wish to discuss any element of your application in private please ask and a separate room will be arranged.

For further information on financial support, please contact our main reception on 01287 280800.

*These guidelines may be subject to change.