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School Leaver funding support

You may be able to access a wide range of finance and funding support to help you during your time at college.

If you are aged 16-18 at the start of your course and your joint household income is £31,000* or less per year, you may be eligible to receive support from the 16-18 Bursary Fund.

There are two types of bursary:

  • Vulnerable Bursary – If you are under 19 at the start of your course and living in care, or are a care leaver, or you are receiving income support, universal credit or Employment Support Allowance or PIP together with the Disability Living Allowance, then you may be eligible to receive a bursary up to £1,200 a year (pro rata).
  • Discretionary Bursary – This could support you with the costs of transport, meals in college, uniform, equipment and materials, trips, course related costs (including DBS checks and visits), UCAS fees and travel to university interviews/open days, or one off emergency costs.

Please contact Welfare for further information on the Learner Support Fund by either calling 01925 494501 or emailing


*Correct in 2021/22. Subject to change each academic year.

Useful information

Child benefit
If you are in full time further education, this will continue to be paid until your twentieth birthday.

Childcare support
Learners who are under 20 at the start of the course, should apply to Care to Learn. Care to Learn will pay a contribution to childcare and any necessary travel costs to and from your childcare provider.

NHS Charges
If you are aged 16-19 years and attend college on a full time basis, you will be exempt from NHS charges.