If you will be 16-18 on 1 September 2017 you may be entitled to apply for support from either the National Bursary Scheme or from the Priestley Education and TrainingTrust (PETT) Bursary Fund.
Bursaries are intended to remove specific barriers to participation in education.
Vulnerable Learner Bursary:
These are worth £1,200 and are targeted at those young people who are one or more of the following:
• In Care
• Care Leavers
• In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right
• In receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit together with Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
Those in receipt of a Vulnerable learner Bursary in their own right will also be entitled to a Free School Meal each day they attend College worth £2.41 per day.
Core Bursary and Free School Meals
These are targeted at those students whose parents/carers receive one or more of the following:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Support under Part VI ofthe Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
, The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
, Child Tax Credit, provided they were not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed£16,190
• The new Universal Credit benefit, where applicable that does not exceed £16, 190
The Core Bursary will be to each individual’s needs and maybe provided for those who need to use public transport to travel to College. These are worth up to £300 approximately.
In addition everyone who is entitled to a Core Bursary will be entitled to receive a Free School Meal to the value of £2.41 for each day that they attend College.
1) These bursaries are targeted at those students not eligible for a core Bursary where their parents or carers have an annual income of less than £21 ,000.
2) Bursaries that are targeted at those who face emergency short term financial hardship.
Bursary Funds can be used to support costs with: Travel, meals, equipment and materials, course related visits, UCAS applications, sport activities, and/or one off emergencies.
Priestley Education and Training Trust (PETT) Bursaries
In 2012 the College established its own charity with the aim of supporting those in most need. If you are not eligible for one of the 16-18 Bursaries you may be able to apply for a PETT Bursary.
19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund
This fund is targeted at those students who will be 19 or older on 1 September 2017 who face significant financial hardship. This fund supports costs as listed above but can also be used to support costs for: Tuition and exam fees and/or Child Care.
Other Sources of Financial Support
Child Benefit: Parents can continue to claim Child Benefit until their child’s 20th birthday if you stay in full time education.
Care to Learn: Those students under the age of 20 can apply for financial support to cover childcare costs up to £160 per week through the Care to Learn scheme. Childcare must be provided by an OFSTED registered childcare provider.
Bursary and Free School Meals Applications: Application Forms are available now and can be downloaded from our website or you can request a copy from
Student Services. Bursary application forms will be available at Registration. Applications with supporting documentation can be brought to Student Services during the summer holiday rather than waiting for registration
Any questions: You can phone to speak in confidence to a member of our Student Services Team on 01925 633591.