Bursaries for adults

Guide to bursaries 19+

Aged 19+ 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 our Advice and Admissions team for more details. 

Download the bursary application form for 2018-19 for students aged 19+.

Please sign your bursary 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: Don't forget to attach scanned copies of any evidence required to support your application.

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.

19+ Bursary fund (includes Advanced Learner Loan Bursary) 

Activate Learning offers a range of financial support to students to help with the costs associated with studying. 

Travel bursary

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

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

Please note 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Student who leave or withdrawn from their course before the end of the year may have a ‘stop’ placed on their travel pass them by the travel provider.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.
  • the fund is available to learners on a fully funded course or if you have a letter confirming you have been awarded an Advanced Learner Loan. 
  • if you receive the Advanced Learner Loan or are eligible for a loan, you are not eligible for funding help towards fees.
  • learners who are paying their own fees and not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan may be awarded a maximum contribution of 50% towards their fees.
  • any equipment or materials that are essential for your course may be borrowed from college, so the course costs bursary cannot support these costs.  

Childcare bursary

This bursary can be used to towards paying for your childcare while attending timetabled classes. 
The amount varies depending on your circumstances, but usually it is up to £160 per week per child (for up to 2 children per household.)
Your childcare provider must be Ofsted registered. 

Free meals bursary

This fund is only available if you are aged 19 or over and you are continuing on a study programme you began the previous academic year (‘19+ continuers’) or if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

Good nutrition is important to be able to focus on your learning. If you are eligible, this bursary provides you with a free breakfast or lunch for the days you are in college.
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.

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 household income