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Bursary fund

For students aged 16 to 19

This information applies to you if you are:

  • Age 16 and over, but under 19 on the 31st August 2023; or
  • Aged 19 – 24 and have an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan); or
  • 19 and continuing on year 2 of a 2 year course you started in 2022/23.

If these statements do not apply, please visit our information for students aged 19+.

Depending on your circumstances you may be able to apply for help under the following schemes. We will use the information and evidence you provide as part of your application to determine the support you are eligible for:

Vulnerable Student Bursary Scheme*


If you are aged 16 to 19 and one or more of the following applies:

  • In care
  • A care leaver
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credits because you are supporting yourself and/or a dependent child/partner
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credits AND Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

* If you make a successful claim for Employment Support Allowance, Income Support or Universal Credits and your parent is claiming Child Benefit for you, they will not be able to continue to claim Child Benefit.

Discretionary Bursary Scheme


  • Take Home Household Income of less than £28,000 per annum
  • Aged 16 to 19
  • Aged 19+ and continuing into year 2 of a Level 3 course you started in 2022/23
  • Aged 19 – 24 with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan)

Free Meals in Education Scheme


If you or your parent /guardian are receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get).
  • Transitional protection for students in receipt of free school meals since 1 April 2018

How Will You Be Assessed?
  • Travel payments are calculated by the cheapest route, using any available student fare card. We will reimburse the cost of any fare card we determine you need, but only once. (Please see our useful links for available fare cards). Weekly travel payments will be up to £40 per week depending on your actual costs by the cheapest route.
  • The teaching team will confirm any items or trips essential for your course. We will not consider support for any non-essential items. We will decide if it’s more appropriate to buy or lend you equipment. If you withdraw for whatever reason, or do not have satisfactory attendance, progress and behaviour, you may be asked to repay part of the cost of any items provided to you or to return the items. The amount to be repayable will be determined by the College.
  • All applications for attending a university open day or interview are considered on a case by case basis. We will look to make a contribution if there are sufficient funds available. Any contribution that we make must be agreed before you attend the open day or interview, we will not consider retrospective claims.
  • Students not eligible for the Free Meals in Further Education Scheme may receive a discretionary meal from the College if sufficient funds are available. These meals will be allocated on a term by term basis.
How Will You Be Paid?
  • Travel is paid weekly, in arrears, direct to your bank account, subject to you meeting the required attendance. We will only pay travel to those who have at least 85% attendance overall or who have a minimum of 85% attendance in the previous week (unless you are registered as a young carer, where we will adjust the attendance criteria to 75%). If you are absent for a whole week you will not be eligible for a payment, no matter what the circumstances are. There may be some instances where you have been granted an authorised absence and payment may still be made subject to confirmation from your Personal Development Coach and following the College’s absence process. We do not expect this to happen regularly. We will reimburse you once for any relevant fare cards needed to enable you to access the cheapest travel. You may be asked to provide receipts for proof of your journey. Please see the weekly payment calendar here.
  • If you pay for Protective Personal Clothing (PPE), kit, uniform, books and trips yourself we will reimburse you if you provide a receipt. Alternatively we can transfer the money to your department to purchase the items for you. Please remember we will only provide support towards costs and amounts that the teaching team has confirmed to us, so please check before you pay for anything yourself. Any costs applied for that are not claimed in the term that you apply will be cancelled.
  • For university interview and open days we will reimburse direct to your bank account the agreed contribution subject to receipts.
  • For Free FE Meals and Discretionary Meals, two free meals a day can be accessed via your Nescot ID card for the days that you are required to attend classes on site. You can have your free meals in any of the on site catering facilities. Please see the information on our website to confirm the meals that you can have and when. The college will review the 'two meals a day' allowance on a termly basis and will inform you if the allowance will reduce to one meal a day.

Please let us know before you go on any work placement or trips so that we can make alternative arrangements, but note that any contributions agreed for work placement can only be paid on production of a signed placement timesheet, or confirmation via the college's online placement system, which must be provided to Student Finance on a weekly basis.

Finance Team Contact Details

Please phone Jacqui Kavanagh on 020 8394 3186 or Sharon Greenwood on 020 8394 3033 for further details, or email


Childcare for students aged 20 or under is available through the Government's Care to Learn scheme 

If your childcare payments are not covered in full by this scheme please contact our Student Finance team who will determine if we can assist you through the Bursary Fund.