Back to Top

Financial Support for students aged 19+

Your future is worth investing in. Discover the funding options available.

Your future is worth investing in 

Please note that we are currently not accepting cash payments due to Covid 19.

The Advice and Admissions team can provide you with the financial advice you require, including support available to help with paying course fees. Depending on your age, previous qualifications and current circumstances, there are a number of options available.

College Bursaries

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.

View bursaries

19+ bursary form PDF 2020-21

19+ bursary form guidance notes PDF 2020-21

Any bursary 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. 

Bursary funds cannot support course fees if you are eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

How to apply

There are two ways to apply, simply download an application form from the website or pick up a hard copy from your campus Advice Centre.

Here are the ways you can submit your completed application form—please remember to include or attach copies of all the required documentation (see page 2 of the bursary application):

  • by email to
  • in person to the Advice Centre
  • by post to: Group Student Finance, Activate Learning, Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9QA. We advise that you send postal applications by recorded or special delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents as we cannot guarantee to return these documents.

Please be reassured that your application will remain confidential, please refer to our privacy policy on our website.

If you need help filling out the form, you can call an adviser on 0800 612 6008 and we will be happy to help.

Apply early!

Please apply as early as you can. These Government bursary funds are limited, we will distribute them on a first come, first served basis. It is possible that the fund might be exhausted by the time you apply.

If you are not satisfied with how your bursary application has been handled or you want to appeal a decision, please write to Group Head of Advice and Admissions.


19+Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged between 19-23 when you start your programme, this is your first full Level 2 or 3 qualification and your programme is eligible you may not have to pay fees. Contact us to find out if you're eligible before enrolling.

If you are studying on a full-time Level 3 or 4 programme or apprenticeship, you are eligible to apply for a loan to help you pay your tuition fees. These loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks, and you start repaying the loan when you earn over £25,725 per year. 

Loans for Access to Higher education programmes are cleared if you go on to complete a higher education programme with the support of a higher education student loan.

For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit

Please note that the following area is only for those with an offer for a course at our colleges. For access online, a link will be sent with your joining instructions. 

Download your Learning and Funding Information Letter


Childcare Provider Form 2020–21 Course Costs Form 2020-21
(To be completed if you are applying for a course costs bursary)
Change of details form