Financial support

We offer a range of financial support schemes to help young people aged 16-18 during their course. Funding is provided by the government and enables us to make discretionary awards to those young people assessed as facing the greatest financial barriers to participation in their college course. If you are aged 19+ please visit our Adult Support Fund page.

Travel Bursary This is a means-tested bursary of £450 to help with the cost of travelling to college. It is only available if you do not receive subsidised travel through your local authority, you live more than 3 miles from the campus and have a household income of less than £30,000.
Travel Discount (Shuttleworth) This is a means-tested discount on the cost of the College’s bus service. If you are planning to travel using an alternative form of transport, for instance by car or train, you can apply for a cash bursary of £450.
Vulnerable Learner Bursary You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:
  • you’re in or have recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name.
Course Costs Bursary You could get up to 90% off essential course costs such as hairdressing kits, uniforms, books or trips.
Discretionary Hardship Bursary You could get up to £100 per term towards general costs. It is for exceptional financial hardship and applies where there is a household income of £16,190 or less, subject to funding being available once all other needs have been met.
Meal Bursary You could get a free healthy meal whilst you are at College on the days you are in attendance. There is also the option to top-up your ID card to add other items to your meal.


To qualify for our 16-18 bursaries, you must:

  • be aged over 16 and under 19 on the 31 August before the start of the academic year
  • have the legal right to be resident in the United Kingdom at the start of your study programme and have been ordinarily resident in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for three years prior to the start of the academic year
  • have a household income of £30,000 of less and/or be in receipt of a means-tested benefit.

The table below provides information on acceptable proof of household income. Please note:

  • Your household includes whoever is supporting you financially whether that is your parents/guardians, step-parents or your parent’s partner
  • If you are living independently from your parents then you will have to provide evidence of your income and anyone else who is supporting you such as other family members or a partner.

Household income Evidence required Bursaries you can apply for 
Over £30,000 None required Not eligible for any bursaries
£16,191 - £30,000
  • three recent payslips
  • most recent Working Tax Credit Notification (including the page that confirms household income)
  • Travel Bursary
  • Course Costs 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
  • Travel Bursary
  • Course Costs Bursary
  • Discretionary Hardship Bursary
  • Meal Bursary
  • Living independently
  • Looked After Child
  • Care Leaver
  • letter from Social Worker/Local Authority stating your care status
  • proof of Income Support and tenancy agreement in your name
  • written confirmation of previous care by your leaving care services (must show more than 13 continuous weeks between the ages of 14 and 18
  • proof of your receipt of both Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit
  • Course Costs Bursary
  • Vulnerable Learner Bursary
  • Meal Bursary

How to apply

Please contact 01234 291934 (Bedford) or 01234 291276 (Shuttleworth), email or download the application form directly.

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