What financial support is available

What Support Is There?

Financial Support

If you think that you may struggle with the associated costs of attending college, you may be eligible to receive financial support through the 16-19 Bursary. The students most in need of financial support will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

  • Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people in receipt of income support

Other students facing genuine financial difficulties can apply for the Discretionary Bursary Fund (DBF). The DBF can support students with travel costs, equipment, books and other course-related costs.

Free College Meal

If you, or your parents/carers are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits you may be eligible to receive free college meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Vulnerable Bursary – £30 per week

Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 a year which is paid at a rate of £30 per College week. The young person does not have to live independently of their parents.

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • In care
  • Care leavers
  • In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Discretionary Bursary – £20 per week

Bursaries will be awarded to students with a household income of less than £16,190.

Discretionary bursaries are awards made to students by Rochdale Sixth Form College for help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment. Payments are made weekly to the students bank account and is not released until a student achieves 100% attendance (unless authorised by Student Personal Development Leader due to exceptional circumstances).

The College will determine the amount of the bursary awarded depending on individual need, the number of applicants and the funds available. This will normally be paid weekly in arrears into the students own bank account. No backdated awards will be made.

To be eligible you must:

  • Provide evidence of household income below £16,190. This is assessed by 2017-18 Tax Credit form or a letter confirming other benefits dated within the last 6 months.
  • Complete an application form.
  • Provide evidence that the parent/carer is in receipt of Child Benefit for the student.
  • Provide details for the students own bank accounts for payments to be made into.
  • Both parents/carers and students must sign a declaration on the application form confirming that any evidence given in support of the application is correct and complete to the best of their knowledge and belief.
  • Maintain 100% weekly attendance for each weekly payment.

Partial Bursaries are available for financial assistance towards course related costs such as exam resits and trips for those students whose household income is over £16,190 but below £20,817. Please apply using the same information required for Discretionary Bursary.

Students can apply for all funding at any time throughout the year and more than once if circumstances change. However funding cannot be backdated and will only start on the receipt of complete eligible documentation.

For students enrolled with parental responsibility, Care to Learn can provide help with the costs of childcare for young parents whilst they are in education. The Care to Learn website and your Personal Progress Tutor provide further information. The 16-19 Bursary does not provide childcare funding.

Application Form