16-19 Bursary

Strictly for students aged 16-18 and less than 19 on 31 August 2017 where total household income is less than £30,000. If you are aged 19+ please visit our Adult Support Fund page.

Travel Bursary This is a means-tested bursary of £350 or £450 depending on where you live to help with the costs of travelling to college. It is only available if you do not receive subsidised travel through your local authority; you live more than 3 miles from the campus and have a household income of less than £30,000.
Shuttleworth Bus Pass For students at the Shuttleworth College, the travel bursary (£450) will go towards the cost of the Shuttleworth annual bus pass, which costs £895. You will have to pay the balance of £445 at the point of enrolment. If you choose to pay by instalment, additional fees will apply.
Vulnerable Learner Bursary You could get up to £1,200 towards your course costs, meals and travel if at least one of the following applies:
  • you’re in or have recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name.
Course Costs Bursary You could get up to 90% off essential course costs such as hairdressing kits, uniforms, books or trips. This is not available to students on the second year of a 2-year course unless essential course costs are specified for the second year.
Discretionary Hardship Bursary You could get up to £100 per term towards general costs. It is for exceptional financial hardship and applies where there is a household income of £16,190 or less, subject to funding being available once all other needs have been met.
Meals Bursary This bursary affords eligible students with a free healthy meal up to £2.50 whilst at College on the days they are timetabled to attend, usually 4 days a week. There is also the option to top-up your ID card with additional money to buy additional items – Cauldwell campus only.
Residential Bursary (Shuttleworth) We offer a bursary of up to £2,499 towards the residential fees for student from lower income households. Priority is given to students who live the furthest away from the Shuttleworth College. Eligible student will be given the option to pay the balance in instalments.
Childcare Support If you're a parent aged 16-19 the Government's Care to Learn scheme could pay up to £160 per child per week towards your childcare and travel costs whilst you study. You can find out more on the Care to Learn website.

Eligibility

A summary of the eligibility criteria and level of support is provided below:

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

ELIGIBLE

Age

  • 16 – 18 (but under 19) on 31st August 2017?
  • 19 and over on 31st August 2017?
  • 19 and over on 31st August 2017 and continuing the 2nd year or a 2-year course or
  • 19 and over and in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)?

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Studying

  • A fully funded EFA course or co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF)?
  • An otherwise publicly funded course leading up to and including level 3?
  • A 16-19 traineeship programme?
  • An apprenticeship   programme or waged training programme?
  • A course mandated by the Jobcentre Plus?
  • A distance learning programme?

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Residency

  • Ordinarily resident in the UK, EU/EEA for the last three years?
  • Children of refugees with humanitarian protection (HP), discretionary leave (DL) and exceptional leave to enter or remain (ELE/ELR)
  • Moved to live in the UK, EU or EEA within the last 3 years?
  • Oversea student in the UK on a student VISA?

Note: Students who have lived outside this area or have gaps in there residency during the last 3 years may not be eligible for support. Further information may be required.

Yes

Yes

No

No

 

 

BURSARIES

 

ELIGIBLE

Travel

  • Less than 3 miles from any of the College campuses where you study?
  • More than 3 miles from any of the College campuses where you study?

Bedford College Travel Bursaries

  • More than 3 miles and within Bedford bus route zones
  • More than 3 miles and within the Bedfordshire bus route zones or further
  • Shuttleworth Annual Bus Pass

 

T

No

Yes

 

£350/year

£450/year

£450/year

Course Costs and Trips

16-19

  • Household income less than £16, 190
  • Household income greater than £16, 190 but less than £30,000
  • Household income greater than £30,000

19 and over on 2nd year of two-year course

  • Household income less than £16, 190
  • Household income between £16, 190 and £30,000
  • Household income greater than £30,000

Course costs and/ or trips will only be funded for second year students where specified as required. All course materials and equipment are usually purchased in the first year of the course.

90% costs

50% costs

No

No

No

No

Meals

  • Households in receipt of eligible means-tested benefits on a 4-day week time-table
  • Households in receipt of eligible means-tested benefits on a 5-day week time-table
  • Households not in receipt of eligible means-tested benefits
  • Households with incomes  greater than £30,000

£10.00/week

£12.50/week

No

No

Residential

16-19

  • Household income less than £16, 190
  • Household income between £16, 190 and £30,000
  • Household income greater than £30,000

19 and over on 2nd year of two-year course

  • Household income less than £16, 190
  • Household income between £16, 190 and £30,000
  • Household income greater than £30,000

£833/term

£664/term

No

£833/term

£664/term

No


How to apply

Please contact 01234 291000 (Bedford) or 01234 291276 (Shuttleworth), email studentfinance@bedford.ac.uk for assistance with your application otherwise, you may start your application here (available from Thursday 1 June).

You will be required to upload evidence to proof eligibility for one of our bursaries. Please have this to hand; you will be able to save your work and come back to complete your application at a later time.

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