16-19 Bursary

Strictly for students aged 16-18 and less than 19 on 31 August 2018 where total household income is less than £30,000. If you are aged 19+ please visit our Adult Support Fund page.

Travel Bursary This is a means-tested bursary of £350 or £450 depending on where you live to help with the costs of travelling to college. It is only available if you do not receive subsidised travel through your local authority; you live more than 3 miles from the campus and have a household income of less than £30,000.
Shuttleworth College Bus Pass

The Shuttleworth College Bus Pass can be purchased at a discounted fee dependent on your household income.

The travel bursary (£450) will go towards the cost of the Shuttleworth annual bus pass, which costs £895 and

  • you will be required to pay a discounted fee of £405 if you pay in one instalment or
  • you will be required to pay a discounted fee of £450 if you pay in three termly instalments of £150.00

Where your household income exceeds £30,000 you can purchase a college-subsidised bus pass at £225 per term.

Vulnerable Learner Bursary You could get up to £1,200 towards your course costs, meals and travel if at least one of the following applies:
  • you’re in or have recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name.
Course Costs Bursary

You could get up to 90% off essential course costs such as hairdressing kits, uniforms, books or trips. Where the essential course item is provided by Bedford College, for instance, a uniform or a trip, your bursary will be transferred to your department and you will be required to pay the difference.  This is not available to students on the second year of a 2-year course unless essential course costs are specified for the second year.

Discretionary Hardship Bursary

You could get up to £100 towards general costs in terms 2 and 3. It is for exceptional financial hardship and applies where there is a household income of £16,190 or less, subject to funding being available once all other needs have been met.

Meals Bursary

This bursary affords eligible students with a free healthy meal up to £2.50 whilst at College on the days they are timetabled to attend, usually 4 days a week. There is also the option to top-up your ID card with additional money to buy additional items – Cauldwell campus only.

Residential Bursary (Shuttleworth) We offer a bursary of up to £2,499 towards the residential fees for student from lower income households. Priority is given to students who live the furthest away from the Shuttleworth College. Eligible student will be given the option to pay the balance in instalments.
Childcare Support If you're a parent aged 16-19 the Government's Care to Learn scheme could pay up to £160 per child per week towards your childcare and travel costs whilst you study. You can find out more on the Care to Learn website.


Download this document to view a summary of the eligibility criteria and level of support available.

How to apply

Please contact 01234 291000 (Bedford) or 01234 291276 (Shuttleworth) for assistance with your application or complete application form below:

Bursary Application Forms for New Learners (January enrolments only)
Bursary Application Forms for New Learners (2017/18 enrolments)

Note: The bursary application is now only open to continuing students who become vulnerable learners during the course of the academic year and those taking on a course which started after January 2018.

2018/19 applications

2018/19 Bursary guidance and application forms will be available from Friday 1 June 2018.

You will be required to upload evidence to proof eligibility for one of our bursaries. Please have this to hand; you will be able to save your work and come back to complete your application at a later time.

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