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Student bursaries for FE

A wide range of bursaries are available, subject to you meeting certain criteria, helping you with the cost of studying with us

Activate Learning has made providion for a range of bursaries, available if you meet certain criteria, for students aged 16 and over. Some of these bursaries are only available to students aged 16-18 and others are only available for students aged 19+. 

Any bursary payment is subject to 92% attendance and adherence to the college Code of Conduct. 

Downloads for 16-18 students

Download 16-18 bursary PDF form

16-18 Bursary Guidance Notes PDF download

Downloads for 19+ students

Download 19+ bursary PDF form

19+ Bursary Guidance Notes PDF download

About the available bursaries

Childcare Bursary

20+ Childcare bursary

  • The Childcare Bursary provides a contribution towards the cost of childcare. While you attend timetabled classes. The amount of funding is discretionary but will normally be for a maximum of £180 per week per child.
  • Funds are initially allocated for up to two children per household. Funding for any additional children will be subject to availability.
  • You are encouraged to apply for a childcare bursary before the start of your course as payments are not normally backdated more than 28 days from receipt of the fully completed application.
  • You will need to provide copies of your child’s birth certificate and Child benefit letter before bursary funds are awarded to pay invoices.
  • You and your childcare provider will be sent an email confirming the award with a copy of the terms and conditions. Both parties are required to sign and return the form confirming they agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Any agreement made with a childcare provider is between you (the student) and the childcare provider.
  • If you enrol on a series of short courses e.g. ESOL, bursary funds will be awarded to support childcare while you attend timetabled classes. Funds are not awarded for childcare in between courses.
  • If you are required to attend additional revision sessions or exams, you may apply for additional funds for these sessions. You will be required to evidence the sessions you are.

 

Childcare for students aged under 20 year of age when starting their course

The government scheme Care to Learn can help with childcare costs while you study.

For further information and to apply go to Care to Learn - GOV.UK

Course costs bursary

Students aged 16-18

This bursary provides a contribution of usually up to a 50% towards:

  • equipment, materials stationery, uniform, books including revision books, expenses to attend university open days and interviews, fees for short courses e.g. spray tanning.

  • field trips including trips abroad, work placement costs e.g. travel, uniform, food credits.

Students aged 19+

  • The bursary can support costs for your course as detailed above if you are not eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan e.g.’ if you are enrolling on a level 2 or ESOL course.

  • If you have confirmation that you have an Advanced Learner Loan, bursary funds are not awarded towards your tuition fee, but can support all other costs.

  • If you are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan and chose to pay your own course costs or your Advanced Learner Loan is not approved, you are not eligible for bursary support.

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

  • We ask that you purchase items and attach receipts to the ‘Study start-up costs, trips and work placement bursary form’ Andy -please would you add a link to the form, we refund you 50% of the cost.
  • You may submit ‘Study start-up costs, trips and work placement bursary form’ throughout the year which enables you to buy items for your course as you need them.
  • If you have a fee that is payable to college such as a trip or course fee (including the protective services course fee), you should complete the Study start-up costs, trips and work placement bursary form’ there is no need to attach receipts for these costs. By completing the form, it makes us aware that you would like bursary funds to be awarded for this cost. If you have been awarded a bursary in 2019-20 you need pay only 50% of the fee to college.
  • Receipts are required for any items purchased with the support of bursary funds. If receipts are not provided within four weeks of the award you will be required to return the bursary funds awarded to you.
Food credits

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.

If you are awarded food credits, you are entitled to receive a breakfast and lunch meal deal to the value of £4.50 per day on the days they are timetabled to attend college.

You scan or show your college ID card at the till as payment for the meal.

If you are attending a placement or are studying at a site without the cashless payment system you will receive a monthly BACS payment to enable you to purchase a meal.

Students not eligible for free meals under the funding guidelines but have been assessed by a support worker as needing free meals credits, may be awarded college discretionary food credits.

Travel bursary

A fund to support learners with travel costs.

You could get a travel pass subject to availability or monthly travel expenses.

Apply by Friday 10 August 2019 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.

All students pay a contribution towards their travel pass based on your household income.

The maximum award for travel is £2,000 p.a. unless exceptional circumstances are evidenced

Travel passes

Travel passes are provided if you attend college for a minimum of three days per week.

Funds will not usually be backdated; you are responsible for the cost of travel until your pass arrives. Any passes not collected within two weeks will be returned to the travel company and there may be a fee for reissuing the pass.

How to pick up your travel pass

Travel Passes are available for collection from the Advice Centre at the college you attend.

Passes will be available for collection usually within three weeks of making the award.

The following passes are available for collection from the Advice Centre as soon as you have been informed that you have been awarded a travel bursary:

  • Arriva Buses (if your course is based at an Activate Learning campus)
  • Courtney Buses
  • Oxford Buses
  • Reading Buses

If your pass is from other travel companies, you will receive a text message when your travel pass is ready for collection.

If your course is not based at an Activate learning campus your pass will be posted to your home address.

Oxford Smartzone passes need to be used on an Oxford Bus Company bus first before they will be accepted on a Stagecoach bus.

Important – When you collect your travel pass you should make a note of the pass number which will be needed if you lose the pass and need a replacement.

All train passes and Stagecoach passes require you to insert photo ID before the pass is valid for travel.

Replacement passes

You are responsible for contacting the travel company if you need a replacement travel pass. (Exception for Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and Arriva bus passes).

You are responsible for paying any fees to the travel company to replace the pass.

To apply for a replacement GWR.SWR or Arriva pass you should complete a Replacement Pass / Damaged Pass form, available from the Advice Centre, which we will submit to the travel company.

Vulnerable bursary

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

  • 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 (the student) receive Income Support or Universal Credit in your own right because you financially supporting yourself and anyone who is dependent on you and living with you, such as a child or a partner.
  • You (the student) receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments, plus Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right.
  • You may be awarded a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 (if you are participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more). If the study programme lasts for less than 30 weeks or if your programme is part-time you will be awarded a pro-rata amount. 
  • Payments are paid pro- rata from the date the fully completed bursary application is received.
  • You may receive a reduced bursary or no bursary if you do not have any financial need, for example your financial needs have already been met and/or you have no relevant costs. You will be provided with an explanation of the reason for the decision.
  • You may also be awarded additional discretionary bursaries, e.g. travel bursary if you need extra help to remain in education.
  • Payments are made weekly and may be reduced or not authorised you have not met the attendance and behavior criteria the previous week. Consideration of any extenuating circumstances is taken into account before withholding a payment.
  • If you are absent for a period of four continuous weeks or more (excluding college holidays) payments will be stopped unless there is evidence that you intend to return.
Young carers bursary

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

  • You may be awarded a young carers bursary of up to £1,200 (if you are participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more). If the study programme lasts for less than 30 weeks or if on a part-time programme you will be awarded a pro-rata amount. 
  • Payments are paid pro- rata from the date the fully completed bursary application is received
  • You may receive a reduced bursary or no bursary if you do not have any financial need, for example your financial needs have already been met and/or you have no relevant costs. You will be provided with an explanation of the reason for the decision.
  • You may also be awarded additional discretionary bursaries, e.g. travel bursary if you need extra help to remain in education.
  • Payments are made weekly and may be reduced or not authorised if the you have not met the attendance and behavior criteria the previous week. Consideration of any extenuating circumstances is taken into account before withholding a payment.
  • If you are absent for a period of four continuous weeks or more (excluding college holidays) payments will be stopped unless there is evidence that you intend to return.