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Financial Help for Further Education Students

If you are studying a full-time further education course and your household income is below £30,000 you may be eligible for some financial support towards your course related costs. Please note, you cannot apply for the bursary if you are an apprentice or studying a Higher Education course.

There are limited funds available, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We may not be able to provide funding if you apply later in the year and the monies have already been distributed.

The online bursary application will be open on Wednesday 5th May 2021. To apply you will need your student ID number, bank details and copies of all the relevant income evidence requested, as without it we will be unable to assess your application.
For more information about the support available to you please see the guidance booklet below.

To apply for a bursary please click here

If you have any queries regarding the financial support available to you please email:   Phone:  01904 772271

The Funding Available to Further Education Students includes: -

Residential Bursary

There is a residential grant available to assist students studying Land based courses with the accommodation costs if they meet the criteria.
• Learner is ages 16+
• Learner is on a full-time level 2 or 3 land-based course.
• You live more than 15 miles from the college or the journey on public transport takes more than 2 hours.

The grant is means tested on household income, to qualify for assistance the annual income has to be below £30,000. The maximum grant available is £3458.00. Please note the bursary doesn’t cover the full cost of the accommodation and therefore you are required to pay the balance.
The closing date for residential bursaries is 31st July each year, applications received after the closing date are not guaranteed to be assessed in time for the start of the academic year.

Discretionary Bursary

There is a discretionary bursary available to students to assist them with their course related costs such as books, equipment, uniform, transport and trips. The bursary is means tested on household income and is also dependant on your course related costs. For further information please see the guidance notes. To apply please click on the link at the top of this page.


Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Students aged between 16-18 who meet a very specific criteria may be eligible to claim up to £1200 to support them with their course related costs and expenses. Please see the guidance with regards to whether or not you are entitled to the Vulnerable Learner bursary. The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

  • In care - The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund defines ‘in care’ as ‘Children looked after by a local authority on a voluntary basis (section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or under a care order (section 31 of the Children Act 1989) – Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 defines the term ‘looked after child’.’
  • Care leavers - A ‘care leaver’ is defined as:
  • A young person aged 16 and 17 who was previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16; or
  • A young person aged 18 or above who was looked after prior to becoming 18 for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16
  • Students receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • A student who is receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

Free Meal Entitlement

If you are aged between 16-18 and meet the criteria set by the government, you may be entitled to free meals whist at college, you must apply for the college bursary and you will be assessed for the free meal entitlement at the same time. Students who are eligible will receive a daily allowance of £3.50 to spend within the college catering outlets.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

Student ‘s who are aged 19+, studying a level 3 course and in receipt of the Advanced Learner Loan may be entitled to a bursary to support them with their other course related costs. The bursary is means tested on your household income and evidence must be provided to support the application. You can apply for this via the bursary link.

Childcare Funding

There is funding available to support Further Education students with dependants towards their childcare costs whilst they are in college. There are different support packages depending on the age of the student.
Students aged between 16-18 at the start of the academic year can apply for support via Care to Learn, please follow the link for further information Care to Learn - GOV.UK (
For students on a further education course aged 20+ there is support available through the college. The college can support students by paying up to 85% towards childcare costs for more information please email:


Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277