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Financial support for under 19s


There are two different bursaries available to the 16-18 age group. Bursary payments do not have to be repaid. If you or your parent/carer receive certain benefits for example income support, you may also be entitled to free college meals.

Please note, we cannot process your application until the start of your course and it may take up to eight weeks to hear back from us.

16–18 Student Support Fund

You could get up to £90 a year paid through the 16–18 Bursary Fund in three termly attendance-related payments.

We may also be able to help you buy compulsory kit and help towards the cost of trips and work placement travel costs if you have an annual household income below £29,000.

Make an online application*

* Please note - this link is not live until Monday 2 August 2021.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

The fund is aimed at the groups outlined below:

  • in care
  • care leaver
  • the student is receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • the student is receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

Please note that eligibility is no longer a guarantee of the full £1200 award from the vulnerable bursary fund.

There is the possibility of a limited award or even no award at all. The amount of any individual award will be based on individual needs, which will include costs such as travel, kit and trips. The onus will be on the applicant to demonstrate individual course costs on the application, so please ensure you complete all sections.


If you are a young parent and need help with childcare costs this will be funded through Care to Learn.

Contact us

To discuss your eligibility or to request an application form please contact the student financial support team:

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