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The Advice and Admissions team can provide you with the financial advice you require, including support available to help with course fees. Depending on your age, previous qualifications and current circumstances, there are a number of options available.
Students aged 19+ will need to pay for their fees and course costs unless they are eligible for one of the following concessions:
- If you are aged 19–23 when you start your course and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and where you course is eligible, you will not pay tuition or exam fees.
- If you are an unemployed adult in receipt of income-related benefits on eligible courses at level 2 or below, you will not pay tuition or exam fees.
- If you are working towards a GCSE 9 to 4 (A*–C) in mathematics and English, your course will have no fees unless you have already achieved a grade 4 (C) and are working to improve your grade.
If you meet the eligibility for a 19+ Bursary,you may apply for bursary support towards your course fee, usually up to a maximum of 50% of the fee is awarded.
Bursary Form PDF Download
Bursary form guidance notes PDF download
Any payment is subject to 92% attendance and adherence to the college Code of Conduct.
Advanced Learner Loan Bursaries
If your course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, your course is non-funded, so you are not eligible for bursary funding until you have confirmation of the loan. You may apply to get financial support from the Loan Bursary Fund after you've received a letter approving your bursary. (Another paragraph) - Bursary funds cannot support course fees if you are eligible for an Advanced Learner.
Ways to send your Bursary Application Form to us
Please return your completed and signed form in person, with copies of all required documentation.
If you would like to post your application, send it to:
Group Student Finance, Activate Learning, 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.
Funds are limited and cannot be guaranteed, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly recommend that you submit your application before Monday 2 September, as applications received after this date may not be processed within our standard timescales. Bursary payments will not be backdated for applications made after the start of your course.
If you are not satisfied with how your bursary application has been handled or you want to appeal a decision, please write to Group Advice and Admissions Manager using the address above.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you are aged 19 and over, and want to study a Level 3–6 course, you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £25,000 per year.
Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it.
For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans