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Financial Support

We are committed to supporting students in order for them to overcome any financial barriers to learning.

Bursary applications for the 2021/22 academic year are now open.

This page will provide you with more information about the college bursary, and you can complete the application via the button at the bottom of the page.


Listed below are the types of support that may be available to help you with course-related costs such as kit, equipment, books and travel.

Students who are aged 16–18 at enrolment

16–​19 Bursary for Defined Vulnerable Groups – for students who are in care or a care leaver, those who are claiming Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right or those who are claiming Employment Support Allowance together with Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance in their own right. Successful applicants may be entitled to up to £1,200.

16-19 Discretionary Bursary – for students where the household income is under £24,000. Allocated amounts for successful applicants will vary depending on travelling distance. 

Free College Meals – for students aged under 18 years old as well as the household being in receipt of specific benefits such as Income Support and Income-based JSA or ESA. Students aged 19-25 and have an EHCP are also eligible for free college meals (those under 19 must meet the 16-18 criteria above).

Care 2 Learn – free childcare for students, your child must be in registered childcare to be eligible. If you are aged 19 years and over this would be dealt with through the 19+ bursary.

16+ Travel Card –  

If you are 16–18 and are eligible for the 16–18 Bursary, the College may support you by providing a Stagecoach annual bus pass. 

If you are not eligible, you can purchase a KCC 16+ Travel Saver Card. You can apply via the KCC website.

Students who are 19+ at enrolment

Successful applicants for both of the 19+ Funds may be entitled to up to £750 for course-related costs. For details of amounts available for childcare funding, please contact Support Services. 

Learner Support Fund – for students who are 19 or over at the start of their course and have a low household income.

19+ Loan Bursary – If you have an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course, you may be entitled to help with course-related costs and childcare if your household income is low.

Adults - For additional information on the Advanced Learner Loan click HERE or go visit the Gov.UK website.


A bursary is available for students with a household income of less than £24,000, or those in a defined vulnerable group, for assistance with travel, equipment and childcare. You may also be eligible for free meals.

All applications for financial support are treated as confidential. Any assistance granted is subject to the student maintaining good behaviour, punctuality and at least 90% attendance.

Please be advised that the Bursary funds are limited and therefore we would advise that you apply as early as possible.

We aim to support all eligible students where possible and consider applications made during the academic year, should an unforeseen situation arise. However, once the funds are exhausted, students may not automatically receive support.