Financial Support

You may be able to receive financial support to help cover the cost of course-related day-to-day costs such as books and travel. Our friendly Financial Support Team will be able to help and guide you through the process.

New Online Application System

We will shortly be launching an online bursary application system called, PayMyStudent. This can be used for applying for 16-19 bursaries, college free meals, vulnerable and adult bursaries. You will still need to apply directly for Care to Learn through their website. This system will launch in early August. You will be able to lodge an application, which will need to be completed after enrolment. This will speed up the process of approval.

Discretionary Bursary 

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education.

Support may include help towards travel to college, books and study equipment costs, meals and childcare.

Learner Support Fund 

We offer financial support to students aged 16 – 19, and 19+ (funding their course through the Advanced Learner Loan) to help with travel, course study equipment and the cost of attending College trips, work placements, university interviews and open days. We can also offer support with childcare costs to support students to study. 

  • You need to be 16 or over on 31 August 2023 to be eligible for the Learner Support Fund.
  • Be aged 19 if you are continuing on a study programme you began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Be aged 19+ on the first day of your course, studying Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications, or be under 23 and studying your first Level 3 qualification.
  • You need to have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for 3 years prior to the start of your course. (Exceptions for 16-18 year old asylum seekers).
  • You need to have applied for a course funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) at New College Swindon.
  • You can also apply for support if you have funded your course through the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.
  • If the household income is below £40,000 Net before tax.
  • For Discretionary Bursary applications we will deduct £1,000 from the household income for each additional child in the household excluding the student up to 3 children per household.

Bursary for Vulnerable Groups 

If you meet one of the four criteria below (plus the other criteria for age and residency) and if you have a financial need, you can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 per year if you are participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more.

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • Receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right
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