College Bursary Information
In order to support you during your studies, we may be able to offer you a bursary to help you with the cost of attending college. You may also be entitled to a free lunch every day as well as help with other course costs such as equipment.
16-18 COLLEGE BURSARY
The 16-18 Discretionary Bursary is for students aged 16-18 who will benefit from financial support with the cost of attending College. If the household income (all adults that live in their home who have financial responsibility) is less than £30,000 before tax, then the student may be eligible to receive up to £8.00 per week. This is based on 100% attendance on College premises. Where remote learning is taking place, the amounts may differ.
To qualify, your son/daughter must be living in the UK and have lived here for at least three years before the course starting and be aged 16, 17 or 18 at the end of August 2020.
16-18 FREE COLLEGE MEALS
If a student is aged 16-18 and the household income is less than £16,000 per year (including benefits, pensions, salary and child tax credits), then they may be eligible to receive a free college meal to the value of £2.41 per day (in a single visit) to the refectory. This is only applicable to the days the student is timetabled in College and to a maximum of four days per week. Students are NOT eligible for a free college meal if their household receives Working Tax Credits.
Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a free meal if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
These 2 groups of aged 19 plus students can receive a free meal while they continue to attend education (in the case of a 19+ continuer, this must be the same programme they started before they turned 19), as long as their eligibility continues.
The following groups of students are not eligible for free meals in further education:
- students aged between 14 and 16 (these students are already covered by free school meals (FSM) provision)
- students aged 19 or over at the start of their study programme, unless they have an EHCP or are a 19+ continuer
- apprentices, including those with an EHCP
19+ COLLEGE BURSARY
This bursary is for students aged 19 and over who struggle financially with the cost of attending college. If the student’s household income (all adults that live in their home who have financial responsibility for them) is less than £30,000 before tax, and they are studying over 12 hours per week, then the student may be eligible to receive up to £8 per week. This is based on 100% attendance on College premises. Where remote learning is taking place, the amounts may differ.
ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN BURSARY
This bursary is for students who have taken out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for their course. Payment is based on 100% attendance on College premises. Where remote learning is taking place, the amounts may differ. Depending on their household income, the student will be eligible for £10 – £50 per week. Please see below:
• Below £50,000 – £10 per week
• Below £40,000 – £20 per week
• Below £30,000 – £30 per week
• Below £20,000 – £40 per week
• Below £10,000 – £50 per week
For more information about the financial support available to students, please take a look at our Financial Support Guidance Book.
If you have any questions about applying for the College Bursary, our friendly and supportive Student Services Team is available to support you. Please call us on 0161 631 5000 for more information.