Financial Support Bursary

The Discretionary Learner Financial Support Bursary Fund has been established to support those learners who are facing financial hardship to allow them to continue with their learning on specific government and loan funded courses.

The fund can cover the cost of items such as:

  • Tuition fees
  • Childcare
  • Travel
  • Course related materials
  • Meals/refreshments while at college

The fund is limited and therefore awards on made on the basis of need and on a first come first served basis.


Who is eligible for funding?

To be considered for funding you must be:

• aged 19 or over on 31 August 2021
• be studying on an eligible government-funded course (these are marked with a C* in the course guide) or a student loan funded course
• have lived in the UK for the last three years
• have a household income below £30,000 per annum


What Support is Available?

Travel Bursary:
We can help with the cost of travel for the days you attend college, which would usually mean the reimbursement of public transport fares and/or parking costs.

Travel and COVID-19
If you are unable to use public transport because you are considered vulnerable to COVID 19, we would consider the payment of taxi fares if considered appropriate.

Travel costs are reimbursed by bank transfer on the submission of evidence of travel (i.e. bus and train tickets, Oyster card receipts, parking receipts and taxi fare receipts). Travel evidence should clearly show the home to college travel route.

Materials Bursary:
The cost of materials needed for your course could be covered by the fund. This includes art materials, books, stationery and other materials necessary to complete your course. The costs will be reimbursed on the submission of receipts. If you cannot afford to purchase the required materials we may be able to purchase them on your behalf. Please note that a maximum of £150 can be awarded per term.

If you require childcare while you are at college (for timetabled classes), we can cover the costs as follows:

• 100% of costs when using the College creche at Parkshot
• £65 per day for one child or £100 per day for two children – when using an Ofsted registered childminder.

Registered attendance at college is required to claim for your childcare. If you are 19 or under you may also be eligible for funding under the government's Care to Learn package. Please talk to us if you think you are eligible.

Exceptional Hardship
If you do not meet the criteria above but are experiencing exceptional hardship due to your current circumstances, then we will consider your application on a case by case basis.

Meals and Refreshments – COVID 19
If you are considered vulnerable to COVID-19 and cannot leave the college premises to access lunch, we can provide onsite meals and refreshments if considered appropriate.


What evidence of income is required?

If you live in a household which is in receipt one of the benefits below, you will be asked to provide your letter confirming the benefit (which must be dated in the last three months). Eligible benefits are:

• Job Seekers Allowance
• Employment Support Allowance
• Universal Credit
• Income Support
• Housing Benefit
• Council Tax Reduction

If you are unable to provide an up to date letter, then a current bank statement showing the payments made into your bank account may be accepted if used in conjunction with an out of date official document.

If you are not in receipt of benefits but have a household income below £30,000 you will need to provide proof of income for all adult members of the household, this includes:

• Current Council Tax Bill or Tenancy Agreement
• Bank statements for the past three consecutive months for each adult
• Payslips for the past three consecutive months for each adult

If you are self- employed we may accept a personal tax calculation from HMRC; self-assessment tax return; or annual tax summary


How do I apply?

Please complete the Financial Support Bursary Application Formand send with your required evidence to or bring into Reception at either the Parkshot or Hillcroft Campuses.

Your application will be assessed and if we agree to award you funding, you will be notified in writing with details of the amount, what the funding is for and how it will be provided.

Decisions on bursary applications are usually made within two weeks of the receipt of the application form. The offer of support will also include all of the terms and conditions which you will asked to comply with in order to receive the funding.