providing you with Bursary Support


At Access Creative College you can receive Bursary 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 you stop attending altogether and withdraw from your course, support will cease immediately.

Bursary applications are paperless this year. You can apply at the link below:

You must login with your college email address and password which can be obtained from your centre, if you don’t have these details already. Your login details will be the same as the previous academic year if you are returning to study at ACC.



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  • 16-18 BURSARY
  • 19+ BURSARY
  • 16-17 Railcard Saver
  • 16-25 Railcard Saver

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 £40,000 or less


You can be awarded up to a maximum of £540 for the year if you, your parents, or your guardians are in receipt of low income benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit (Guaranteed element)
  • Child Tax Credit (and your annual income is £16,190 or under)
  • Universal Credit (with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa


You can be awarded additional funds if you meet one of the criteria for the defined vulnerable groups below.

  • I am in care
  • I am a care leaver



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 
  • Residential Access Fund – you can be awarded up to £5,500 per year, if a similar course is not available locally and you:
    • are aged 19 or over and enrolled on a full-time course;
    • have a signed tenancy agreement;
    • are not in receipt of Housing Benefit 
  • Childcare Costs – you can be awarded up to £175 per week 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.

If you’re aged 16 or 17, you can now enjoy 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals – as many times as you like. A 16-17 Saver is just £30 and is valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. For more information and how to apply, please go to

If you’re aged 16 to 25, because with this Railcard you’ll enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you go by train. You can also apply for one if you’re a mature student in full time study, as long as you’re eligible. The Railcard costs just £30. So after three or four trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, you could save an average of £199. The 16-25 Railcard will save you 1/3 off a wide range of tickets.  For more information and how to apply, please go to

Awards are subject to the following conditions:
  • Support is based on a first-come first-serve basis and is therefore subject to funds being available when you apply.
  • Support in a previous year is no guarantee of support in any future years of study
  • Continuing students must re-apply for each year
  • Eligibility for support is not an entitlement to awards or payments

You will not receive support if:
  • You do not complete your enrolment
  • You do not meet the residency criteria set by the ESFA when you enrol onto your course
  • Your application is assessed and you do not meet the criteria for eligibility
  • Your application is incomplete, contains false information, or is missing any supporting evidence
  • You are in prison, or a young offenders institution, or have been released on temporary licence
16-18 2022-23 Bursary Guidance
19+ 2022-23 Bursary Guidance