The Bedford 16-18 bursaries

Bedford College offers a range of financial support packages to help those young people aged 16-18 at the start of their course who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training. Funding is provided by the government to help those students who are having the greatest difficulty meeting some of the costs of learning on a further education course.

At Bedford College, the 16-18 bursary has four ‘strands’:

1. The Travel Bursary

This is a bursary of £450 to help with the costs of travelling to College. It is only available to students who do not receive subsidised travel through their local authority and who live more than 3 miles from College. Find out more and see if you qualify.


2. The Course Costs Bursary

Some courses have essential costs for books, materials, equipment or uniform. So that these do not present a barrier to participation in learning, we offer discretionary bursaries of up to 90% of costs, subject to household income of £30,000 or less.


3. The Vulnerable Learner Bursary

Young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are eligible to receive a guaranteed bursary of £1,200 a year (pro-rata for less than a year). The Vulnerable Learner Bursary will be paid at the beginning and in the middle of each month from October to June (when possible – national holidays may delay payments being received).


4. The Discretionary Hardship Bursary

The discretionary hardship bursary provides support of up to £100 per term towards general costs, and is for cases of exceptional financial hardship. This bursary applies where there is a household income of £16,190 or less, and is paid termly, subject to satisfactory attendance.

Applications for course cost, travel and vulnerable learner bursaries are considered as a priority and are normally processed from 1 July onwards. General bursaries, for more than these essential costs, are considered from the end of October subject to available funds once all essential costs have been covered.


How do I apply?

» Download application form (Bedford College)
» Download application form (Shuttleworth College)

Make sure to view our 16-18 Bursaries policy.

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