Adult Support Fund

Our Adult Support Fund is subject to a household income of less than £26,000 and provides help with the costs of tuition and professional membership fees, travel, course materials and trips. If you are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan, please visit the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary page. If you are aged 16-18 please visit our 16-18 Bursaries page.

Travel Bursary A bursary of up to 50% of the cheapest form of travel to and from college if you live more than 3 miles away. Travel could be by bus, train or car (we will pay towards your petrol costs).
Tuition, Examination and Professional Fees Bursary A bursary of up to 50% towards the cost of tuition, examination and professional body fees if your household income is £26,000 or less. If financial support is required, it’s advisable that you receive a decision from the Student Finance Team before you complete your course enrolment.
Course Costs Bursary

You could get up to 50% of essential course costs such as safety equipment, books or trips. If the essential course item is purchased from Bedford College, for instance, a uniform or a trip, the award will be a discount and you will have to pay the difference.


Eligibility


  • The table below lists the household income evidence you will need to provide with your application
  • Your household includes whoever is supporting you financially, this could be your partner
  • If you live with a partner, we need to see evidence of their income.

Household income Evidence required Bursaries you can apply for 
Over £26,000 None required Not eligible for any bursaries
£16,191 - £26,000
  • three recent payslips
  • most recent Working Tax Credit Notification (including the page that confirms household income)
  • Travel Bursary
  • Course Costs Bursary
  • Tuition, Examination & Professional Fees Bursary
Less than £16,190
  • three recent payslips
  • most recent Child/Working Tax Credit Notification (including the page that confirms household income)
  • letter from DWP/Local Authority or bank statement showing the benefit received
  • please note: bank statements on their own will not be accepted as evidence of Tax Credit
  • Travel Bursary
  • Course Costs Bursary
  • Tuition, Examination & Professional Fees Bursary

How to apply

Please contact 01234 291934 (Bedford) or 01234 291276 (Shuttleworth), email studentservices@bedford.ac.uk or download the application form directly.

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