The bursary application forms for the academic year 2019/2020 will be available Summer 2019. They will be downloadable from this page or paper copies can be requested from the college from August.

16 to 18 bursaries

If you are between 16 and 18-years-old on September 1 2018 you may be entitled to apply for support from either the National Bursary Scheme 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

The Core Bursary can help pay for public transport to college and is worth up to £300 approx. Anyone entitled to the Core Bursary is entitled to Free School Meal funding worth £2.41 for each day in college. Available to students whose parents/carers receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • 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.


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)

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 for those students who will be 19 or older on 1 September 2018 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 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.


Example of a Universal Credit monthly award notice

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For Government information on student finance you can read the following document..

Student Finance information