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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 - it may take up to eight weeks to process your bursary application.

Visit the bursary application portal

Visit the portal at any time to check the status of your bursary.

16–18 Student Support Fund

Please see the table below for a brief overview of the support available.

Household income Help available
Below £40,000 West Notts College Travel Pass
Bursary payment of £30 per term if attendance meets requirements
Help with public transport costs if bus travel isn’t available
Support for compulsory kit/uniform
A total of £250 towards curriculum-based trips throughout the academic year
50% towards UK University interview travel costs
UCAS fee
Exams – Pay 100% of exam resit cost.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

The fund is aimed at the groups outlined below:

  • in care
  • care leaver
  • the student is receiving 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 not a guarantee of the full £1,200 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

For further information about your finance options whilst at college, please contact the student finance team.

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