Bursary fund guidelines 2020/2021


Please read these guidelines before submitting your application. If you have any questions please email studentfinance@nescot.ac.uk.


The bursary scheme is to help students who have a gross household income of less than £25,000 per year. Your age and course will also determine the amount and type of support that you are eligible for.

The funds available are to support with college costs only. Each application is processed on a first come first served basis, and is means tested on household income. Funds are limited, so it is possible that you may not receive a full award for everything you apply for.

We receive a large number of applications so we may not be able to start payments until October. Please let us know if this would cause you difficulties. You may be asked to provide travel tickets as proof of your journey and receipts if you are applying to be reimbursed for your equipment and trips, for example. If you are going to pay for anything yourself please note that if we have not processed your application we cannot confirm that you will be refunded in full.

The information provided on your application will enable us to decide if you should receive support from:

  • The 16 – 19 Discretionary Bursary Fund
  • The Vulnerable Student Bursary
  • The FE Free Meals in Education Scheme
  • The 19+ Discretionary Bursary Fund
  • The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

You can apply online. Click here to apply.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your circumstances, and we cannot process your application without this. If you don't provide everything that we ask for we will contact you, but this will delay your application. Once your have registered on the online portal you will be able to access your account to see any correspondence that we send you, and information about your payments.


We will email you to let you know the outcome of your application and if appropriate how we are going to pay you. Payments will be paid directly into your bank account.



Payments can only be made if you attend all of your classes, keep up to date with your work and behave appropriately in class and on the campus. We will contact your progress coach and use college registers to monitor your attendance, progress and behaviour. If you do not meet these criteria then your payments may be permanently or temporarily stopped. All payments are paid directly into your bank account. The Bursary is assessed on an individual basis depending on needs and funding available. If you are eligible for a weekly payment, this will only be backdated if we receive a completed application before October half term.


If you do not agree with the decision made, please discuss this with the Student Finance team. If you then want to appeal, please email studentfinance@nescot.ac.uk with 'For the Attention of the Student Assistance Panel' as the subject.


Help with enrolling online
Find out more about buying uniform or equipment for your course
Find out more about bursaries for 16 to 19-year-olds
Find out more about bursaries for people aged 19 and over



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