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Bursary

You might be asking – ‘what on earth is a bursary?’ Let’s keep it simple. A bursary is financial support provided to students to help them pay for travel, uniform, kit, materials, or anything else that is deemed essential as part of your studies. It is means-tested, which means that you will be eligible for financial support depending on your household income. The criteria for this changes each year – for September 2021, if your household income is below £24,000 you will be eligible for help with kit/equipment, uniform and travel. If you’re household income is below £35,000, you will be eligible for help with travel only.

There are 3 types of bursary award which can help students with costs associated with their learning (bursaries are not available to waged apprentices):
• 16-19 Full time bursary
• 19+ Bursary (including applications associated with Advanced Learner Loans funding)
• Vulnerable Young Persons Bursary

A bursary can support the student with costs associated with:
– Travel to/ from college via public transport (if they live more than 2 miles away from their usual place of study)
– Kit/Materials for the course
– Free meals
– Extra financial support for those in care/leaving care

How do I know if I’m eligible to receive a bursary?

The bursary entitlement is means tested based on household income and the award has
2 thresholds:

Household income of £24,000 and under may entitle the learner to:

  • Subsidised travel which may be in the form of a travel pass or a cash contribution (if they live more than 2 miles from college)
  • Free meals
  • The purchase of and required kit/materials (depending on subject chosen)
  • Contribution towards childcare costs incurred for the care of a child whilst the student is in timetabled learning hours

Household income between £24,000 -£35,000 may entitle the learner to:

  • Subsidised travel which may be in the form of a travel pass or a cash contribution (if they live more than 2 miles from college)

(Proof of income (wages/benefits) will be required on application for eligibility purposes)

How to apply

Simply download the form below, fill it out following the instructions in the document and then either post it to us using the address on the form or drop it in to reception at our Infirmary Road campus in Chesterfield. If you have any problems downloading and printing this form, please feel free to collect a paper copy from the main college reception on Infirmary Road. Alternatively you can email bursary@chesterfield.ac.uk requesting a paper form be posted out to you, please ensure you include your name, address and postcode in the email when you request this.

 

Policies

View the Higher Education Bursary Policy

View the Discretionary Student Support Fund & Bursary Policy 2020-21

View the Discretionary Student Support Fund & Bursary Policy 2021-22