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Bursaries

2022-23 Financial support and bursaries for Further Education students

The College holds Bursary funds for students, who meet the eligibility criteria, to provide financial support towards the costs relating to attending college. Applicants are assessed on their individual needs.

Applicants must meet residency criteria set out in the ESFA Funding Regulations for post-16 provision and be enrolling on a Further Education Course funded by the ESFA or a course which you are paying for with an Advanced Learner Loan.

Students returning to college must re-apply for a bursary each year.

The amount of support successful applicants receive will depend on your financial circumstances and the amount of bursary funds available.

Bursary funds are limited so priority is given to students with the greatest financial need.

Students applying for Higher Education, University funding should apply here.

Available bursaries

16 – 19 Vulnerable Bursary

For students who are;

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving PIP or DLA as well as ESA or Universal Credit in your own name or
  • living independently, financially supporting yourself (and anyone who is dependent on you) and in receipt of benefits

16 – 19 Discretionary Bursary

For students with a household income is below £35,000 gross per year.

16-19 Residential Bursary

  • Household income below £45,000 gross per year
  • Studying a substantial course in Agriculture, Animal Care, Countryside, Equine or Horticulture at Lackham or, Level 2 or 3 Motorsport at Chippenham
  • Must not be able to access the same course within a reasonable travelling distance from where you live
  • Must live outside a reasonable travelling distance to the Lackham or Chippenham campus

Applications for Residential bursaries will only be considered after you have been offered a place on an eligible course.

19+ Hardship Fund

  • Household income below £35,000 gross per year
  • Studying at level 2 and below
  • Studying at level 3 and are eligible for full funding (Level 3 Entitlement or Level 3 Courses for Jobs)

19+ Residential Bursary

  • Household income below £45,000 gross per year
  • Studying a substantial course in Agriculture, Animal Care, Countryside, Equine or Horticulture at Lackham or, Level 2 or 3 Motorsport at Chippenham
  • Studying at level 2
  • Studying at level 3 and are eligible for full funding (Level 3 Entitlement or Level 3 Courses for Jobs)
  • Must not be able to access the same course within a reasonable travelling distance from where you live
  • Must live outside a reasonable travelling distance to the Lackham or Chippenham campus

Applications for Residential bursaries will only be considered after you have been offered a place on an eligible course.

Advanced Learner Loans Bursary

  • Household income below £35,000 gross per year
  • Paying some, or all, of the course fees with an Advanced Learner loan
  • Studying a Further Education course at level 3, 4, 5 or 6

Advanced Learner Loans Residential Bursary

  • Household income below £45,000 gross per year
  • Studying level 3 course in Agriculture, Animal Care, Countryside, Equine or Horticulture at Lackham or, 3 Motorsport at Chippenham
  • Paying some, or all, of the course fees with an Advanced Learner loan
  • Must not be able to access the same course within a reasonable travelling distance from where you live
  • Must live outside a reasonable travelling distance to the Lackham or Chippenham campus

Applications for Residential bursaries will only be considered after you have been offered a place on an eligible course.

What are bursaries for?

Depending on your financial circumstances, your costs relating to attending college and available funds you may be able to get help towards:

  • Travel to and from college on the days you attend college if you live more than 3 miles from college (measured by the shortest walking distance on Google Maps)
  • A meal on the days you attend college
  • Travel and meals if you are required to attend Work Experience or Industry Placement
  • Kit/ tools/ equipment/ course materials
  • IT equipment/ access
  • Required clothing including uniform and protective clothing (PPE)
  • UCAS fees and University visits (level 3 students)
  • Wiltshire College & University Centre Resource fee
  • Educational trips and visits
  • Childcare for parents aged 20+
  • Parents under the age of 20 should apply to Care to Learn for childcare financial support
  • Accommodation at Lackham - Agriculture, Animal Care, Countryside, Equine, Horticulture, Motorsport (Chippenham) courses only
How are bursary funds awarded?

Decisions about the amount of support awarded to successful applicants will depend on your individual financial circumstances, an assessment of financial needs and the amount of bursary funds available.

After we have received your completed application form and started the assessment process, we will contact you to request evidence of your financial circumstances.

Bursary funds are limited so priority will be given to students with the greatest financial need.

After we have received your completed application form and started the assessment process, we will contact you to request evidence of your personal circumstances.

With the exception of travel and free college meals, no awards will be paid until after you start your course and have attended regularly for a minimum of 6 weeks.

You must inform us immediately of any changes in your household circumstances or changes to your timetabled hours at college.

The College has the right to reclaim any funding if the student is found to have provided incorrect information, is subject to any part of the college’s disciplinary process or attendance falls below the expected standards.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries, please email our Bursaries team at bursaries@wiltshire.ac.uk or call us on 01225 756405.

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