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Financial support for under 19s

Find out more about the financial support available at college for students including the loans and bursaries available to students aged 16-18.


There are two different bursaries available to the 16-18 age group. Bursary payments do not have to be repaid. If you or your parent/carer receive certain benefits for example income support, you may also be entitled to free college meals.

Find out more about free college meals

Vulnerable Student Bursary

You could get up to £33.34 a week (£1,200 a year) through the Vulnerable Student Bursary if one of the following applies:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support (or Universal Credit in place of Income Support) in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit in place of ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name.

16–18 Student Support Fund

You could get up to £90 a year paid through the 16–18 Bursary Fund paid in three termly attendance-related payments.

We may also be able to help you buy compulsory kit and help towards the cost of trips and work placement travel costs if the following applies:

  • you have an annual household income below £25,000 or up to £30,000 if there are three or more dependent children living in the household (aged 0-4, or up to 19 and in full-time education).

Application form request

If any of the above applies to you please complete an SF1 application form (16-18 Vulnerable Student Bursary, 16-18 Student Support Fund and Free College Meals) which can be requested below. We cannot process your application until the start of your course and it may take up to six weeks to hear from us.

Request SF1 application form

View sample SF1 application form


If you are a young parent and need help with childcare costs this will be funded through Care to Learn.

Find out more about Care to Learn

Student financial support booklet

For further information please download our student financial support booklet.

View student financial support booklet

Contact us

To discuss your eligibility or to request an application form please contact the student financial support team:

01623 627191 ext 8256/8179

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