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Financial help at college and university

Financial help at college

Help to towards the cost of your further education.

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The Buckinghamshire College Group 16 to 18 College Support Scheme

The Buckinghamshire College Group offers a 16 to 18 College Support Scheme to its students to cover costs, including travel costs.

Students can apply for this support scheme if:

  • they’re 16 to 18-years-old
  • they’re in full-time or part-time further education or training
  • their family income under £45,000 per year

The support scheme may be stopped if attendance goes below 90% per week.

If you attend a different college or training provider, speak to them for advice as they might run their own support schemes.

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund for the most vulnerable

16 to 19-year-olds in the ‘most vulnerable groups’ can get bursaries of £1,200 to help cover travel and other costs in post 16 education or training.

Most vulnerable means

  • are in care
  • have been in care, also called ‘care leavers’
  • are claiming Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or supporting themselves and dependents
  • get Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

Contact your school or college to find out more and apply.

If a young person doesn’t fall into the groups above but is facing financial barriers that could affect your participation, talk to your school or college about discretionary bursaries.

School or colleges can set their own eligibility criteria for discretionary bursaries. They can decide how much is paid and set conditions for students to meet such as behaviour and attendance targets.

Extra help from the Frogmoor Funds

The Frogmoor Funds also offer financial help to 16s to 25s towards the cost of full-time further education courses and educational visits abroad.