Financial Support

We understand that the costs of college may be daunting but we are here to support you.

Bursary Applications 2021

Details regarding each of our Busary's can be found below. We are now taking applications for 2021. 

Our bursaries are able to support with financial assistance with the following:

  • Travel to College (public transport or college bus)
  • Equipment
  • Trips
  • Childcare
  • Free college meals (Adult Leaner's excluded)

16-19

If you are concerned about the financial aspects of studying and travelling to college, we have a number of options which may be available to you.

The Discretionary Bursary

If your household income is under £25,000 and you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a monthly discretionary bursary to help with essential course costs, such as:

  • Transport – public transport or the college bus
  • Equipment for your course – books and materials
  • Trips – if these are an essential part of your course
  • DBS check – if required for your course
  • Help with the cost of eating at college.

The Vulnerable Bursary

You may be eligible for a weekly paid amount of money if you are:

  • In care
  • A young care leaver
  • Receiving both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credits and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence payments in your own name
  • Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name.

Childcare

If you’re under 20 years old and have to pay for childcare while you attend college, you could get help towards your childcare costs. For more information visit Gov.uk.

Further Education Free Meals

Free meals will be available for all eligible students. Students must be over 16 and under 19 before the academic year in question. As with the bursary fund, family income must be below £25,000. Students will be notified if their application is successful via email and/or post.

Evidence

To apply for our bursaries you may be prompted to upload evidence to support your claim. To attach the documents, please scan or take photos of each side of the evidence you will be submitting, and then upload (you can take the photos with your phone). 

Please see below for accepted evidence:

Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Please provide a recent benefit letter dated within one month of application, including your name, address and type of benefit and reference. 

Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
Please supply a recent benefit letter dated within one month of application, including your name, address and type of benefit and reference. 

Income Support
Please supply a recent benefit letter dated within one month of application, including your name, address and type of benefit and reference.

Guaranteed Pension Credit
Please supply a recent benefit letter dated within one month of application, including your name, address and type of benefit and reference. Please provide copies of all pages of the notice. 

Tax Credits
With a maximum annual income of £25,000 - estimated income not accepted. You will need to provide a 2021/2022 Tax Credit notice letter confirming income from 2020/2021. Please provide copies of all pages of the notice. 

Universal Credit
You will need to supply award statements from the three most recent months. If you are uploading screenshots with your application, this will consist of two screenshots for each month. One screenshot will show your monthly award amount and the other will show the breakdown of the claim. It is important that you submit both screenshots, failure to do this will results in your application not being accepted. 

Child Tax Credits
You must have an annual gross income of no more than £25,000 as assessed by the HMRC. Please provide copies of all pages of the notice. 

Applications will not be processed until the College has received all required evidence. 

If you would like to apply for the College bursary please email bursary@uspcollege.ac.uk to request an online application form. 

Adult

Adults who are aged 19 or over before 31 August in the year they want to study are expected to fund the cost of their learning at college.

Fees vary depending on the type of course and not all Adult learners have to pay. However, if you do, there are a number of ways to help with the cost of studying.

We may be able to offer financial assistance with course-related costs through our Discretionary Learner Fund or Childcare Support Funds.

The Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If your household income is under £21,000 and you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for monthly discretionary learner support to help with essential course costs, such as:

  • Transport – public transport, or the college bus
  • Equipment for your course – books and materials
  • Trips – if these are an essential part of your course
  • DBS check – if required for your course
  • Childcare costs
  • Help with the cost of eating at college.

Application Form 2020/21

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are studying a Level 3 or 4 qualification you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Find out more.

Higher Education

There are a number of financial support options which can help to pay for a Higher Education qualification.

They are:

  • Tuition Fee Loan to cover the cost of your course (full and part-time students)
  • Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (full-time students only)
  • Special Support Grant instead of a Maintenance Grant if you qualify for Income Support or Housing Benefit (full-time students only)
  • Extra help may also be available if you are on a low income, have children or dependent adults, or are disabled.

You need to pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans once your income is £25,000 or over, but not other student finance, for example, grants and bursaries. You still have to repay your student loan if you leave your course early.

Find out more.