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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 provision 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.
16-18 Bursary Guidance Notes PDF download
19+ Bursary Guidance Notes PDF download
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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