The Wiltshire College Bursary is available to support students from low income households registered on Higher Education provision at Wiltshire College. The Bursary is available for both full-time and part-time students studying on one of the courses listed below;
- BSc in Social Work
Foundation Degrees in Animal Science and Management, Agricultural Management, Game and Wildlife Management, Applied Computing, Motorsport Engineering, or Early Years and Childhood Studies.
- HND’s in Criminal Justice, Business, Equine Management, Agricultural Engineering, Sport, Health and Social Care, or Music
- HNC’s in Engineering, Business, Criminal Justice, Health and Social Care, or Computing Systems and Development.
In order to establish who is eligible for an award we will check through a range of criteria. To be considered for the Wiltshire College bursary award you will need to:
- Have your household income assessed as under £16,000. We can do this through your Student Finance England record or by asking you for proof of household income if the information is not available through them.
- Be on the first year of your degree, foundation degree or HND course at Wiltshire College. Students who are on franchised courses are not eligible for this bursary.
- Be classed as an ordinarily resident in the UK.
- You must be responsible for your own fees, and they must not be sponsored by an employer or charity.
You may also need to meet one or more of the following criteria to be considered for the bursary.
- You are a care leaver or looked after child
- You or your family are in receipt of a means tested benefit
- You are in receipt of ESA or DLA
- You are from a low participation to higher education neighbourhood
Students who are not eligible for the NSP awards include:
- Those who are ordinarily resident in the EU or overseas.
- Those directly continuing on from one course to another (e.g. from foundation degree or HND on to final year of an honours degree)
- Part-time students studying at less than 25% intensity of the full-time equivalent course
- Have your tuition fee funded by the NHS
What if I am not listed on one of the courses above?
Students who are not listed on one of the courses above, but are studying on a franchised course may be able to get additional funding from their franchised partner. These students should contact their university directly to discuss this.
How much is an award worth?
The Wiltshire College award is worth £500, or pro rata based on the intensity of study if you are a part time student. You will receive the award in three equal termly instalments into your bank account.
Will the award affect any benefits I am receiving?
We advise you to check with the Benefits Agency if receipt of an award will affect any entitlement to benefits you are receiving.
Do I have to repay the awards?
The Bursary is non-repayable award, rather than a loan. If you leave the course earlier however, we will review your eligibility any future payments will cease.
How and when to apply for Wiltshire College Bursaries
Applications for the Wiltshire College Bursary will be available from August upon request from the HE Admissions Team. Applications will be sent out with joining information during the summer, and also can be collected during enrolment sessions in September. Completed forms need to be returned to the HE Admissions Office (Wiltshire College Trowbridge, College Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 0ES) by the 31st October 2017.
Decision Making – Final allocation of bursaries will depend upon a number of factors. Priority will be given to: Care Leavers/Looked After Children, students with a disability (evidence of assessment will be required), students whose families are in receipt of a means tested benefit and students from a home (postcode) with low participation in higher education. Meeting the additional criteria listed above does not constitute entitlement to an award and all assessments are subject to the availability of funds.
All our bursaries are administered through the Student Finance England system by the Customer Services team. The bursaries are assessed and awarded through the Student Finance England bursaries services, meaning that most student will not need to share their information twice. Please ensure that you and your family share your consent with Student Finance England for this information to be shared with us.
If you are not using Student Finance England to fund your course then we may require additional financial information from you before we are able to make a decision.
To appeal against panel decisions please write to: Director of Student Services, Wiltshire Wiltshire College Trowbridge, College Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 0ES or email: HEAdmissions@wiltshire.ac.uk.