Bursaries

16-19 Bursary Funds Available

Students aged 16–18 years old

Students who are aged 16-18 (from 31st August 2020) will not normally be expected to pay any tuition fees, registration fees or exam fees for their course, but you may have to pay for other course related costs, such as essential kit and equipment.

16-19 Discretionary Bursary

This discretionary bursary may be able to offer assistance with any college fees (e.g. kit/additional activities/visits/books) which are considered essential to your participation on the course.  Assistance may also be given for transport, either using the college bus or public transport or own transport.  Learners aged over 16 but under 19 on 31st August 2020 with a gross household income of £28,000 per annum or less can apply for assistance.  There are normally no registration, tuition or exam fees for learners aged under 19 on full time courses, however exam retakes may be charged.

16-19 Vulnerable Learner Bursary

If you are in care or are a care leaver or you’re independently receiving Income Support or other benefits, you may be entitled to receive funds from our 16-19 Bursary.

Free College Meals

Free college meals will be offered to learners aged between who meet the below government criteria and are; 16 -18 on 31st August 2020, or they are 19+ continuing on a study programme they begun aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers), or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not 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 (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Please note you are required to apply for free college meals via the bursary.

16 – 19 Childcare 

Learners aged under 20 on 31st August 2020 who have a child that needs childcare while they attend college can receive assistance through Care to Learn.  This covers childcare costs up to £160 per week per child.

For further information on bursaries and whether you are eligible download our Bursary Guidance 20-21.

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