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Guide to Bursaries - 16-18

Aged 16-18 and joining us in September? If you need financial support, we may be able to help you with our bursaries. Find out more about our bursaries below, or contact Advice and Admissions for more details.

Download the bursary application form from the link on the right hand side of this page. 

Please sign your application form before you submit it. Don’t forget to attach copies of any evidence required to support your application.

Print and complete the form by hand and return it either in person, by post or alternatively you can email it to: studentfinance@activatelearning.ac.uk. Don't forget to attach scanned copies of any evidence required to support your application.

By post, for the attention of the Student Finance Team:
Activate Learning - c/o Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA - 0800 612 6008

We advise that you send postal applications by Recorded or Special Delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents.

College bursary schemes

We have a number of bursary schemes available to help students with the associated costs of studying. Please see application form for specific details regarding eligibility for each bursary. Any payment is subject to attendance of 92% and adherence to the college Code of Conduct.


Travel bursary

A fund to support learners with travel costs. 
You could get a subsidised travel pass subject to availability or monthly travel expenses.

Apply by Friday 10 August 2018 to ensure your pass is available at the start of term.

Please be informed that your application may take up to four weeks to be processed, you will be responsible for any travel costs until your support is in place.

N.B. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for a bursary, you can still apply and we may be able to support you with a discounted travel pass.

All students pay a contribution towards their travel, the contribution payable is based on your household income. If you leave your course or change your method of travel the £30 travel contributions are non-refundable Refunds for travel contributions greater than £30 will be calculated pro rata, in line with the fees policy.

Student who leave or withdrawn from their course before the end of the year may have  a ‘stop’ placed on their travel pass them by the travel provider. 

Course costs and field trips bursary

This bursary provides up to a 50% contribution towards materials, books field trips that will enhance your learning this also includes support with costs to attend university interviews. You need to submit receipts for items purchased within two months from enrolling on the course / trip. 

Any equipment or materials that are essential for your course may be borrowed from college, so the course costs bursary cannot support these costs. 

Free college meals

Good nutrition is important to be able to focus on your learning. This is why we can provide a free breakfast or lunch on the days when you are in college and support. Eligible students will be able to present their ID card at the refectory till to claim their free college meal entitlement. 

If your programme requires you to take part in a placement outside of college, we will provide you with a supermarket voucher or if there is no supermarket a cash advance may be given in place of your free college meal. 

N.B. While Universal Credit is being rolled out Students who were eligible for free meals immediately prior to 1 April 2018 will continue to be eligible for free meals until the end of their course of study.

Vulnerable bursary

This is a weekly allowance to help you with the costs of college. It is available if you are:

  • A young person in local authority care 
  • A Care leaver
  • You receive Income Support or Universal Credit because you financially supporting yourself and anyone who is dependent on you and living with them, such as a child or a partner.
  • You receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments plus Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right. The bursary is paid pro-rata for part-time courses. 

Eligible students may receive the full amount of £1,200 if they have expenses and study full-time on a programme of at least 30 weeks. You will receive less, or no bursary support, if: your course is shorter than 30 weeks, you study part-time, incur few expenses, or if your Bursary Fund application was received later in the academic year.

Payments are made every week provided you have attended for 92% of the lessons during the previous two weeks and adhered to the college Code of Conduct.

Young Carers bursary

This is a weekly allowance to help you with the costs of college. It is available for students who are young carers.

To be eligible for this bursary you should provide evidence from a support agency or medical professional confirming your caring responsibilities.

Eligible students may receive the full amount of £1,200 if they have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks. You will receive less, or no bursary support if your course is shorter than 30 weeks; you study part-time; incur few expenses; or if your Bursary Fund application was received later in the academic year.

Residential support scheme

Support with accommodation costs.

The course must be either more than 15 miles or a two-hour round trip from your home and not available any closer.

The amount of support depends on your total household income.