Further Education Finance

16-19 Bursary Fund

Young people who need financial support to help them stay in education or training after 16 can apply to heart of Worcestershire College 16-19 Bursary Fund. Vulnerable students may be eligible for a bursary of £1200 per year. This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support or universal credit in place of income support in their own right and also young people getting Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and DLA or PIP in their own right.

Other students facing financial difficulties may also be able to request assistance with transport, mandatory equipment or other course related costs. 

Travel support is available to students who travel more than 1.5 miles to their main campus of study. The team utilise the walking directions on Google Maps to confirm eligibility for support. All students looking for support with travel are asked to apply via the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form available from the Advice & Support Centre in the All Saint’s Building. Due to the high volume of applications students are expected to cover their own transport costs up to half term, which will then be reimbursed if successfully awarded support.

If you need help, please contact Learner Services on 01905 743404 / 725575 / 743565 or for further information go to www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund

Care to Learn

Care to Learn is intended to help enable young parents under the age of 20 to continue in, and return to, education after the birth of a child by providing funding for childcare whilst the young parent is engaged in a study programme. You can apply now at: www.gov.uk/care-to-learn If you would like more information, please visit Learner Services or call 01905 725575 / 743404.

19+ Discretionary Learner Support (DLS)

Students 19-23 at the start of their course studying up to a Level 3 Programme and learners over 24 but studying a Programme up to a Level 2 will be assisted by the 19+ DLS portion of the FE-LSF. The table divides this cohort into four sections based on the following:

• If you are over 19 and live ‘at home’ i.e., with parents or guardians, the decision will be based upon your income, also if you have moved out and live alone.

• If you have moved in with a partner, then we would base our decision upon your joint income- the household income.

These groups have separate income levels and are treated as separate groups of the same tier. Students from these groups would be eligible for similar assistance.

If your course fees have been remitted, i.e., funded by the government, then the FE-LSF cannot assist with the cost of equipment for your course, instead required equipment will be made available by the department in which you study.

For more information regarding tuition fees please call 01905 743565 or 01905 725507.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

This bursary is geared towards assisting with travel & childcare costs associated with the completion of a learning aim. It is only open to those students who are funding a learning aim through the Advanced Learner Loans System. In exceptional cases students can request assistance with hardship. Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund is also used to fund in year Learner support, for more details contact Learner Services.

Advanced Learner Loans

It you are over 19 and you would like to study a level 3, 4, 5 or 6 certificate or diploma, you will need to pay for the cost of your course. From September 2016, students aged 19 and over studying at level 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be able to apply for an FE Advanced Learning Loan . This loan replaces the previous 24+ Advanced Loan.  For more information click here

For more information on the funds support we offer please review the policy document