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** PLEASE NOTE: Students applying for places in September 2020 must wait for next year’s application form to become available before applying. This is likely to be published next summer. Thank you.


16 to 19 Bursary

If you are between 16 and 18-years-old on September 1 2019 you may be entitled to apply for support from either the 16 to 19 Discretionary Bursary Fund or the Priestley Education and Training Trust (PETT).


Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Available to young people in care, care leavers, those in receipt of Income Support, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit together with Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.


Core Bursary and Free School Meals

Free School Meal funding worth £2.41 for each day in college is available to students whose parents/carers receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Universal Credit benefit, with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (example can be found on our website www.priestley.ac.uk of the Universal Credit monthly award notice.

In addition, these students automatically meet the criteria for bursary support. They are immediately entitled to the Core Bursary which addresses the issue of travel costs to College and equipment, for example, through the purchase of a relevant bus pass or supply of an Art Kit. After these have been addressed, the student needs are assessed on a case by case basis for any further bursary.


Mainstream bursaries

1 ] These bursaries are for 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 for 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)

Priestley College formed a 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 for those students who will be 19 or older on 1 September 2019 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 childcare.



Other sources of financial support

Child Benefit

Parents can continue to claim Child Benefit until their child’s 20th birthday if they 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.


Useful documents

Example of a Universal Credit monthly award notice

Self-employment_declaration_form_2018 (3)

Student Finance information

Bursary Types and Values 1920