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Apply for a bursary 24/25

If you are studying a Further Education course and your household income is below 拢35,000 before deductions per year, you should be eligible for financial help while studying.

You can apply for your Further Education bursary for 2024-25 by clicking here.

Students who received free school meals on or after 1st April 2018 need to submit a Further Education bursary application irrespective of their household income and will need to provide evidence of their eligibility.

We encourage applications to be made as soon as possible. Applications made after 19th August 2024 will still be accepted however, there will be a significant delay in these being processed.

If you are not 100% sure that you will be joining us, please submit a bursary application if you feel that you would be eligible. If you decide not to enrol with us, we can withdraw your bursary application at a later date.

Students who require financial support for the current academic year need to speak to the Funding Team. We are based in the Student Experience area, behind the Welcome Desk.

Further Education Bursary: Key Information

路 Applications submitted in the name of a parent/carer will be withdrawn and a new application will need to be submitted in the student鈥檚 name.

路 Students need to log in using the personal email address and password they set when they applied for their course. If you have forgotten your password, you will need to reset it.

路 All the bursary questions relate to the student and their current circumstances.

路 Income/benefits evidence needs to be provided for all adults in the household. This includes stepparents and partners.

路 All students travelling on public transport or planning to study on a course that has additional costs will require their own bank account to receive payments.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the section below for further details. If you have a question or query about anything else relating to the bursary, please contact us by email - or by calling us on 01904 770443.

Higher Education Bursary

The Higher Education bursary for 24/25 will open for applications in October 2024 and is assessed in November 2024. Further details will be provided through the 鈥楬E Essentials鈥 group on Microsoft Teams after the enrolment period has ended.

If eligible, full-time students will receive a payment of 拢600 and part-time students will receive a payment of 拢300, which is made in two instalments. The first payment is processed in November and the second is processed around Easter.

Student鈥檚 attendance will be checked prior to each bursary payment being released. The College reserves the right to withhold or suspended payment to any student whose attendance is deemed to be at an unacceptable level without good reason. This also applies were a lack of engagement or academic misconduct has been identified.

Higher Education Bursary applications for 2023/24 are still open. To apply please go to the 'HE Essentials' group on Microsoft Teams and click into the 'Financial Support' category. There you will find the link to the application form and guidance on eligibility.

Click the links for useful information:

Higher Education Bursary Frequently Asked Questions

Higher Education Bursary Income Evidence Guide

    Bursary funding does not have to be repaid.

    Bursary funding, with the exception of Enhanced Bursaries, is not guaranteed. There is a limited budget, so please apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We may not be able to provide funding if you apply later in the academic year and budgeting has been allocated to previous applicants.

    What the Bursary Can Cover

    If you are studying a Further Education course and your household income is below 拢35,000 per year, before deductions, you should be eligible for bursary funding. The most common support elements are:

    路 Travel funding to college and compulsory placements: If you live more than 2.5 miles from college/the placement provider by the shortest safe walking route.

    路 Free meal credit: If you meet government set criteria.

    路 Essential kit/equipment costs: This includes PPE and uniform.

    路 University open day visits (final year students only): 3 visits or up to 拢150, whichever comes first. This increases to 拢250 for performing arts students due to audition costs. We can also cover the cost of your UCAS application fee.

    路 Childcare: Students aged 20 or over on the first day of their course can claim childcare funding of up to 拢180 per child, per week during term-time. If you are under 20, you can apply for childcare funding through Care To Learn. Click here to apply to the scheme online.

    Enhanced Bursary

    Students who are under 19 and either in care, a care leaver or living independently and claiming Universal Credit, may be eligible for the Enhanced Bursary. Please submit an application to the Further Education bursary fund and provide a letter/email from your Social Worker and/or a copy of your most recent Universal Credit statement.

    Extenuating Circumstances

    If your household income is above the income threshold, we may still be able to offer financial support in some circumstances. This is at the college鈥檚 discretion and each case is considered on its own merit. Previous examples have included:

    路 Significant household debt and bankruptcy proceedings.

    路 Eviction or repossession of the family home.

    路 Serious family illness or bereavement.

    Please submit an application to the Further Education bursary fund and include as much information as possible about your current circumstances in the 鈥楢dditional Information鈥 section.

    Discretionary meal credit

    Discretionary meal credit may be awarded to students who are deemed to have exceptional circumstances. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, students who:

    路 Have significant caring responsibilities.

    路 Are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

    路 Are a care leaver under the aged of 25.

    路 Are experiencing significant financial difficulty.

    路 Are under 19 and either a parent or living independently.

    路 Are an asylum seeker or have refugee status.

    Discretionary bursary awards are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. Funding may be awarded for a set period or for the remainder of the academic year. Bursary funding for subsequent academic years is also not guaranteed and may be subject to different eligibility criteria.

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    Course Funding

    To learn more about course funding, click here.