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Apply for a bursary 23/24

You can apply for your Further Education 2023/24 academic year bursary by clicking here.

To apply for the Higher Education bursary for 2023/24, further information will be given once you have enrolled.

Further Education Bursary

If you are studying a full-time 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.

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Further Education Bursary Frequently Asked Questions

Further Education Bursary Guidelines

Further Education Bursary Income Evidence Guidelines

    Higher Education Bursary

    All higher-education students can apply for the Higher Education bursary. If eligible, full-time students could receive a payment of £600 and part time students could receive £300. Payable in two instalments.

    You could use the bursary to help pay for travel costs or to buy essential course equipment. If your household income is below £25,000 per year, you could be eligible for bursary funding.

    You will need to complete an application form for each academic year. Bursary applications are processed in November.

    Click the links for useful information:

    Higher Education Bursary Frequently Asked Questions

    Higher Education Bursary Income Evidence Guide

      Bursary funding does not have to be repaid.

      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, you will not be eligible for a bursary.

      Bursary funding, with the exception of Enhanced Bursaries, is not guaranteed. There is a limited budget, so please apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We may not be able to provide funding if you apply later in the academic year and budgeting has been allocated to previous applicants.

      Enhanced bursary

      If you are under 19 and either in care, a care leaver, or living independently and receiving certain benefits, you may be eligible for the Enhanced Bursary. This includes any of the above support elements (as necessary), and in most cases, it also includes weekly payments into your bank.

      Additional funding

      Exceptional circumstances:

      If any of the following apply to you, you are deemed to have ‘exceptional circumstances’:

      • You have caring responsibilities
      • There is significant household debt
      • You are a Care Leaver aged 19 or over
      • You are temporarily homeless or ‘sofa-surfing’
      • You are under 19 and either a parent or living independently

      We may award free meals vouchers on a discretionary basis, even if you are not normally eligible for them. If your household income is above £25,000 but you have exceptional circumstances, we may still be able to provide bursary funding, but this is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

      Applying for a bursary

      You can apply for a bursary online.

      Bursary applications are open for the 2023/24 academic year only; please email us if you have any issues with the application.

      How a bursary can help

      • Travel costs. If you live more than three miles away or have mobility issues, a bursary can cover up to a maximum of £10 per day.
      • Essential equipment/uniform costs.
      • Free meals vouchers. If you meet additional criteria set by the government.
      • Essential/compulsory trips. These are trips that if you don't attend them you will not be able to successfully complete your course.
      • travel costs to your placement. If you are undertaking a placement as part of your studies and it is more than 3 miles away, these costs will be covered.
      • Travel funding for universities or other higher education visits. You could receive up to £150 in the year you are applying for higher-education courses. If you are applying to a performing arts course, this may be increased to £250 to help with additional audition costs.
      • Childcare. If you are aged 20 or over, we can help with childcare costs for the days you are timetabled in college. If you are under 20, you can apply for childcare funding through Care To Learn. Click here to apply to the scheme online.

      Download the 'Your Money Matters' textbook for advice on spending and saving, borrowing, debt, insurance, student finance & future planning

      Course Funding

      To learn more about course funding, click here.

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