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Finance Students aged 16-18

The following guidelines should help you to decide whether you are entitled to any financial assistance. Please note these are guidelines and the Student Services team will be able to advise you further based on your personal circumstances.


Courses are usually free for students on full time programmes who are aged 18 or under on 31st August in the year they enrol. However, there may be some course related costs such as the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), books etc.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a new scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay in full-time education. The scheme is made up of two parts:

  • Students who need financial support to help them stay in education or training and have a household income of less than £20,000 per year will be able to apply for the bursary. This can be used to help with expenses such as transport, food, equipment or other course related costs.
  • Those most in need will be eligible for a bursary of £1,200 a year, this includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support and disabled young people receiving both employment support allowance and disability living allowance.

How do I find out more about the Bursary?

For more information and advice speak to Student Services. They will send out an application form before the start of your course. You can call into their office at North Street or phone 0113 222 6002.


If you require Childcare there is a government support scheme called “Care to Learn”, you can contact them on 0800 121 8989. (Please note Childcare providers must be registered nurseries or child minders).

If you are a lone parent you may be able to get help from the Jobcentre Plus, ask to speak to the “Lone Parent Advisor”, otherwise please contact Student Services.


Local Education Authorities have an obligation to provide transport for young people age 16-19 (25 with additional needs) to and from schools, colleges and sixth forms. Application forms for travel are available from Student Services throughout the enrolment process.

Other Sources of Financial Support

There are various Trusts and Charities that you may be able to apply to for help with studying. A list of these is provided below:

  • the Educational Grants Directory
  • the Charities Digest
  • the Grants Register
  • the Directory of Grant Making Trusts

You could also consider the Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS), which offers a range of services providing information on funding from charitable trusts for people in post-16 education. There is a limited telephone information service open from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only, please call 020 7241 7459. More information on EGAS can be found by clicking here.

For further information help or advice contact Student Services on 0113 222 6002.