Study With Us Financial Support

 

At Access you can receive financial support to help you with your education.

These funds are means-tested and intended to assist learners with some of the costs associated with studying at college such as travel and meals. All applications are considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and support funds are limited, so early application is essential. Please note the bursary cannot be used to pay course fees.

All awards are subject to your attendance, conduct, and progress. If your attendance drops below 90%, you will receive a payment based on your attendance percentage. If you stop attending altogether and withdraw from your course, support will cease immediately.

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  • 16-18 Bursary
  • 19+ Bursary
  • Advanced Learner Loans
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What can I get?

TRAVEL COSTS
You can be awarded up to £1200 for the year if you use public transport and your parents, or your guardians, receive one of the following:

  • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit


You can also apply if your annual household income is £25,521, or £28,584 if you live in London.

 

MEALS
You can be awarded up to a maximum of £260 for the year if you, your parents, or your guardians are in receipt of low income benefits.

 

VULNERABLE BURSARY
You can be awarded up to a maximum of £1200 for the year if you meet one of the criteria for the defined vulnerable groups below, you may be eligible for a bursary to help you financially while you attend your course:

  • I am in care
  • I am a care leaver

 

To APPLY, please download and fill in the relevant form below.

What can I get?

Financial support is available if you are aged 19 + and you, your parents, or your guardians receive one of the following:

  • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment & Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit

 

You can apply for the following with the 19+ Bursary:

  • Travel Costs – You can be awarded up to £1200 for the year if you use public transport.
  • Meals – You can be awarded up to a maximum of £260 for the year.
  • Residential Access Fund – you can be awarded up to £3,458 per year (£4,079 in London), if a similar course is not available locally and you:
    • are aged 19 or over and enrolled on a full-time course;
    • have confirmed your term time accommodation and signed a tenancy agreement;
    • are not in receipt of Housing Benefit for your term time accommodation.
  • Childcare Costs – you can be awarded up to £160 per week (£175 in London) if you:
    • are aged 20 or over and enrolled on a full-time course;
    • use an Ofsted registered childcare provider while you attend your course.


You may also access:

VULNERABLE BURSARY
You can be awarded up to a maximum of £1200 for the year if you meet one of the criteria for the defined vulnerable groups below, you may be eligible for a bursary to help you financially while you attend your course:

  • I am in care
  • I am a care leaver
  • I am in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit (in my own name)
  • I am in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (in my own name)
  • I am in receipt of Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance (in my own name)
  • I am in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments (in my own name)
  • I am in receipt of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments (in my own name)


To APPLY, please download and fill in the relevant form below.

Applicants over 19+ can now apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of courses at Level 3 and Level 4.and you won’t need to pay anything back until you start earning over £21,000.

These loans have:

  • no upfront costs for the learner
  • repayments start the April after finishing the course;
  • repayments don’t start until you are earning over £21k per year;
  • loans not repaid within 30 years are written off.

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Call us

Please call the Access financial support team on 0161 247 4935.

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2017/18 Bursary Form 16-18
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2017/18 Bursary Form 19+
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