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Further Education: If you are aged 16-18 at the start of your course

The majority of students aged 16-18 are eligible for free courses and will not have to pay for the remainder of the programme should they become 19 at any point during the course. However, certain courses, particularly those with full cost and Higher Education status, are not included, so please check before enrolling.

Eligibility is also based on meeting government-set residency criteria. Residency criteria apply to most of our courses – if you are not a UK national or have not lived in the UK for the past three years, please email international@yorkcollege.ac.uk for more information.

If you are aged 18 on 31st August and starting a two-year course (including A Levels), you will not normally need to pay for the second year. However, if you enrol to a one year subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma when you are 18 and follow on to a top-up extended diploma after your 19th birthday, you may need to pay for the second year.

Students who are under 16 are generally not eligible for free courses. Please consult the Under 16’s team on 01904 770202.

If your household income is under £25,000, you may also be eligible for bursary support. Go to our Bursary page for more information, including how to apply to the Bursary Fund.

Further Education: If you are aged 19 or over at the start of your course

If you are aged 19 or over on the 31 August, you may have to pay fees for your course, or you may be eligible for fee remission (no fees to pay). This depends on the course, your age, and your previous qualifications. We also offer information about whether or not you need to pay for your course.

If your household income is under £25,000, you may also be eligible for bursary support. Go to our Bursary page for more information, including how to apply to the Bursary Fund.

Can I apply for a bursary?

If you are studying a Further Education course and your household income is below £25,000 per year, you should be eligible for financial help from York College whilst studying. You cannot receive bursary support whilst on an apprenticeship or higher education course.

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Can I apply for a bursary?

If you are studying a Further Education course and your household income is below £25,000 per year, you should be eligible for financial help from York College whilst studying. You cannot receive bursary support whilst on an apprenticeship or higher education course.

If you are studying a Higher Education (degree level) course

You may be eligible for student finance, including Tuition Fee Loans, Maintenance Loans, and additional grants. The College also offers a HE Bursary if you have qualified for the maximum level of Maintenance Loan. Visit our Higher Education funding page for more information.

If you are an apprentice

Apprentices are not eligible for bursary support or student finance. For further information about apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships page.

Further information

Contact the Funding Team

From tuition fees to travel costs and student loans to benefits, the Funding Team is available to help you negotiate any financial barriers to education that you may be facing.

You can contact the Funding Team in the following ways:

In person by coming in to the InfoZone
By phone on 01904 770443
By email: funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk
Please note that we may not be able to answer the phone or return calls during busy periods (including enrolment and the start of term).

The Osborne Trust

The Osborne Trust can provide small grants (up to £100) for essential study-related activities or items, to students who are not eligible for support funding from any other Bursary Fund available to the College.

This fund cannot be used to pay course fees. Please email funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk for more details, including how to apply.

Council tax exemption

Full-time students are usually exempt from council tax. If you are not sure whether your course is classed as full or part-time, please contact the InfoZone via email.

If you live in York, you will need to register for council tax exemption online.

If you live elsewhere, you can request a council tax exemption certificate from the InfoZone via email.

When emailing the InfoZone, please include your full name and student number (date of birth if unknown) to help us process your request.

Students are encouraged to apply directly through their local county council for council tax exemptions. Please refer the County Council links below to apply:

If your County Council is not listed above please visits York College’s InfoZone team for further information.

Additional costs

Remember that you will need to have enough money to support yourself while you are on the course. If your course is one that requires you to pay for a kit or student contribution, you will have been notified at interview. Costs that need to be paid directly to the College should be paid at enrolment or during the first week of term.

Tuition fees and charges policy

You can find our Tuition Fees and Charges Policy here.

Instructions for cancellation

Download information on cancelling your place at the college, which explains how to do it without having to pay.

Funding FAQs

Q) What is the bursary? Who is it for?

A) The bursary aims to remove financial barriers to studying and ensure no-one is unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Anyone on a Further Education course can apply for a bursary, but apprentices cannot apply. Please note that not everyone who applies will be eligible. You can find full information on this at yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary.

Q) Will I be eligible for the bursary?

If you are studying a Further Education course and your household income is below £25,000 per year, you should be eligible for bursary funding.

Q) What counts towards the £25,000/year income threshold?

Taxable income. This includes pre-tax income from employment, self-employment, or pensions. Income from most benefits are not included. You can check our Evidence Required Guide at yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary to see whose income in your household should be counted. In most cases, this will be any parents/carers/step-parents/parent’s partners that live with you.

Q) I want to apply for a bursary. Where can I do this?

You can apply for a bursary online by going to our page or following the link below:

https://onlineapplive.yorkcollege.ac.uk/WCFWebSite_SSF/YCWCF/. You will need to provide evidence of household income.

Q) I had a bursary last year. Do I need to apply again?

Yes. We need to check that you are still eligible, and whether your circumstances have changed. You will need to provide up-to-date income/benefits evidence.

Q) What will I get?

The most common support elements are travel funding, free meals vouchers, and funding for equipment/uniform. Whether you will receive these depends on your distance from college, your personal circumstances, and the course you are studying. Our page has further information on this: yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary. The bursary does not cover general living costs such as rent and household bills.

Q) Will I get travel funding/a bus pass?

If you are eligible for the bursary, we will provide travel funding if you live more than three miles walking distance from the college, or if you have mobility issues. We will fund the cheapest method of travel available, within reason. We can provide annual passes for First York buses or the college coaches; other travel funding will be provided as weekly bank payments.

Q) Will I get free meals vouchers?

This depends on what benefits (if any) your household receives, but all students aged under 19 will be assessed for free meals. Most students aged 19 or over are not eligible for meals, regardless of benefits.

Q) Will I get funding for childcare?

If you are under 20, you should apply to Care 2 Learn for childcare funding. If you are over 20 and have a bursary, your childcare costs will be covered on your timetabled college days.

Q) Is travel funding backdated?

Generally, any weekly travel payments are backdated to the date that you applied for the bursary, or the start of your course if you applied before starting. If you are awarded a bus pass, we will calculate a backpayment as above, and you would receive this as a one-off payment along with your pass.

Q) Will I get help with my living costs?

Unfortunately not. The bursary does not cover general living costs such as rent and household bills.

Q) Whose name do I need to apply for a bursary in? The student’s or parent/carer’s?

A) Bursary applications need to be made in the student’s name.

Q) Our income is over the threshold of £25,000 per year, but we are still suffering financial hardship. What should I do?

Check our page yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary to see if you fit any of our “exceptional circumstances”. We may be able to award bursary funding if you are over the threshold and fit any of these categories, but this does depend on how far over the income threshold you are, and what your personal circumstances are. Our budget is limited, and it is unlikely that we will be able to provide funding if you are over the income threshold and have no exceptional circumstances.

Q) I’ve applied for a bursary but I haven’t heard anything back. What should I do?

A) The Funding Team receive a very high number of applications at the start of the year, and we are unable to confirm a specific time frame of when your application will be assessed. Roughly speaking, applications may take 4-6 weeks to assess at the start of the year, but this will decrease as the academic year goes on. We can assure you the Funding Team are working through applications as quickly as possible, and we will contact you by email once your application has been assessed. You should have received a basic confirmation email when you first submitted your application.

Q) I’m unsure if I would qualify for a bursary or not? What should I do?

A) In most cases, students are eligible if their household income is below £25,000 per year. However, if you are unsure, make an application! As it may take us some time to respond by email about individual circumstances, we would suggest you apply for a bursary using the link above. You can give any additional information and details of exceptional circumstances in the “other information” section of the application. This will avoid any delay in you applying and the Funding Team will contact you with a decision once your application has been assessed.

Q) I’m having problems uploading my evidence to the online bursary application process. What should I do?

A) Don’t worry. Please complete the application without uploading the evidence and then send any evidence to funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk . You can use photos, screenshots or attachments. We will then add the documents to your application. Please include the bursary applicant's full name and date of birth in any emails so we can locate the correct application. Remember that you need to include ALL pages of any documentation and you will need to take multiple screenshots when providing copies of online statements (such as bank statements, Universal Credit Statements etc.) If you are unsure about what to provide, please see our income evidence guide at yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary.

Q) I don’t know what evidence to provide for my bursary. Can you help?

A) What evidence you need to provide depends on your own personal circumstances. There is a guide to some of the evidence we can accept. You can find this guide on the webpage yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary under the ‘Essential Documents’ section. Remember that you need to include ALL pages of any documentation and you will need to take multiple screenshots when providing copies of online statements (such as bank statements, Universal Credit Statements etc.)

Q) I do not have a bank account. Can I give my parent/carer’s bank details for any bursary money to be issued to their account?

A) Generally, no. We are required to issue any bursary funds to the student directly. If you do not have a bank account, you will need to open one if this is legally possible. Here is a link to some helpful advice about opening an account. https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/basic-bank-accounts/

We can only use someone else’s bank account in very exceptional circumstances. If you think this may be applicable to you, please email funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk detailing these reasons. Each case will be assessed on an individual basis. Remember to include the bursary applicant's full name and date of birth in any emails so we can locate the correct application.

Q) I forgot to input my bank details in the online bursary application/You have emailed me requesting my bank details. How do I get this information to you?

A) If you are submitting your bank details outside of the online application process we are required to have a signed form detailing these. We are unable to accept this information by email. If you have a printer you can print out the form on our webpage. To find this document please go to the webpage yorkcollege.ac.uk/bursary and look under the ‘Essential Documents’ section.

Please complete the paper printout and return it to us by post or in person to the Welcome Desk at York College. If you do not have a printer, please email us at funding@yorkcollege.ac.uk asking us to post you out a form. Don’t forget to include your full name and address in the email. Alternatively you can pick up a form from the Welcome Desk at York College.

Q) I cannot get into my account or re-set my password for the bursary application. Can you help?

A) Please email our IT Services on reportingservices@yorkcollege.ac.uk and they should be able to assist with this.

Q) I want to know about course costs and whether I can get any help with these.

A) You can find information about this on our website on our bursary funds page.

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