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What financial support is available for students?

1. Student Bursary

Please see below for information about the student bursary available for students starting in September 2023. If you are looking for information regarding subsidised travel, please visit our travel information page here

Student Bursary Applications - priority 1

If a student supports themselves financially, are in care or are a care leaver, then they can apply for significant financial support as a 'priority 1' application for vulnerable students;

Vulnerable Student Support means students who are defined as:                                                        

  • 16-19 year olds in care/care leavers
  • 16-19 in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • 16-19 disabled in receipt of Employment Support Allowance & in receipt of either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name

To apply online, please click here

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Student Bursary Applications - priority 2 and 3

If students fall into one of the following categories, they may be eligible for financial support;

Priority 2: Students who received free school meals during their year 11 at school (year 11 leavers only) or whose total annual household income (including tax credits and benefits) is below the free school meals threshold of £16,190

Priority 3: Students who are not already classified as Priority 1 or 2 who have a financial difficulty and a short-term, specific educational or independent living cost, which they cannot meet, for example; cost of transport. This applies to students whose household income is between £16,190 and £25,000.

The Bursary group will be determined by the HNC Student Finance Team. Students will be notified via email of their bursary group.

Please access the application form here and if applications are received before the student enrols, once they have enrolled, if they are successful in their application, they will be eligible for early financial support. So it is in the best interests of students to apply early! Completed applications forms should be emailed to along with the requested evidence attached. Applications open 1 August 2023. 

2. Hardship Fund

Available for students in extreme financial hardship. Students should apply for the Bursary Fund first.

3. Childcare

Students may be eligible for support for childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme.

Students are entitled to help if:

  • They are under the age of 20 and have a young child
  • Are studying at college
  • Have an Ofsted registered child Carer

Further information on Care to Learn is available from:

Tel: 0800 121 8989

Web site:

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