Bursary information for students aged 19+
To be eligible you will need to be:
- Aged 19 or over at the 31st August 2018 (your date of birth will be before 31st August 2000)
- Undertaking a further education course
- Able to show a residual household income (see below for explanation), for the April 2017 to April 2018, of no more than £32,000.
You will not be eligible if you are:
- A waged apprentice or are undertaking other learning or training whilst a wage is paid
- A prison-based learner or learning whilst released on temporary licence
- Undertaking a higher education course
How am I assessed?
If you’re living on your own
- You will be financially assessed against your income for the 2017/2018 tax year (6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018).
- You will need to declare your gross income (e.g. wages, working tax credit, child tax credit, universal credit, housing benefit, other out-of-work benefits).
- The College will calculate residual income by deducting, from your gross income, £1,130 for each child aged under 19 residing with you
- Residual income is used to determine which Banding of support package you will receive.
If you’re living with your partner, husband or wife
- You will be financially assessed against your own income as well as that of your partner, husband or wife for the 2017/2018 tax year (6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018)
- You will need to declare, separately, your own and their gross income (e.g. wages, working tax credit, child tax credit, universal credit, housing benefit, other out of work benefits)
- The College will calculate residual income by deducting, from your joint gross income, £1,130 per child aged under 19 residing in the same household
- Residual income is used to determine which banding of support package you will receive.
If you live with your parents or another relative
- You will be financially assessed against your income for the 2017/2018 tax year (6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018)
- You will need to declare your gross income (e.g. wages, working tax credit, child tax credit, universal credit, housing benefit, other out of work benefits)
- The College will add £5,200 to your income in lieu of Housing Benefit
- The College will calculate residual income by deducting, from your gross income, £1,130 for each of your children aged under 19 residing with you
- Residual income is used to determine your support ‘banding’.
|A||£0 - £11,999|
|B||£12,000 - £16,190|
|C||£16,191 - 25,999|
|D||£26,000 - 32,000|
What support might I get?
Eligible students will receive a package of support, which is paid at points throughout the academic year. To continue receiving support students must have an attendance rate of over 85% across their whole learning programme including maths, English and tutorials.
The package of support could include:
- Bus passes
- Professional start-up kit or uniform
- Fieldtrip or residential visit support
All full-time students who have a fully approved bursary will receive a five-day bus pass for the spring and summer terms.
Bus passes can be used on First Bus West of England zones buses. They can’t be exchanged for money or transferred to the rail network.
Part time students are not eligible for a subsidised bus pass.
You will be emailed the voucher code and will need to activate an M Ticket through First Bus. See https://www.firstgroup.com/buy-ticket/mtickets-faqs for details.
For an additional £40 you can top up to a seven-day pass. This must be done before you activate the voucher code otherwise you will pay the full, unsubsidised cost of a seven-day pass.
Students with fully approved bursaries who are assessed as ‘band V’ will also receive an autumn term five-day bus pass.
Parents aged 20 or over at the start of their course can apply for childcare support for a child aged 14 or under at the 31 August 2018.
Childcare covers timetabled sessions and a maximum of one hour before and one hour after for travel. You will need to provide costings from your childcare provider.
Funding is not guaranteed – even if your bursary is fully approved – so don’t make any childcare arrangements you cannot afford until college has confirmed your allowance.
Payments are made directly to the childcare provider, who must be registered with Ofsted.
|A||Up to £3250||Up to £1625|
|B||Up to £2750||Up to £1375|
|C||Up to £2250||Up to £1125|
|D||Up to £1750||Up to £875|
This is paid by BACS transfer into your bank account.
|Full-time students||Part-time students|
|Band||Money total||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||One-off payment per year (six
weeks after first course start date)
|A||£250||£125 (02/10/2018)||£62.50 (15/01/2019)||£62.50 (30/04/19)||£150|
|B||£190||£95 (02/10/2018)||£47.50 (15/01/2019)||£47.50 (30/04/19)||£112|
|C||£62.50||£62.50 (02/10/2018)||£31.25 (15/01/2019)||£31.25 (30/04/19)||£75|
|D||£32.50||£32.50 (02/10/2018)||£16.25,(12/01/2019)||£16.25 (30/04/19)||£37.50|