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Guide to bursaries - 19+

Aged 19+ and joining us in September? If you need financial support, we may be able to help you with our bursaries.

Find out more about our bursaries below, or if you require more details, please contact our Advice and Admissions team.

Download the 19 + bursary application form to apply and for specific details regarding eligibility for each bursary.

Any payment is subject to 92% attendance and adherence to the college Code of Conduct. Find out more about the bursaries available.

Ways to send your bursary application form to us

In person - Please return your completed and signed form in person, with copies of all required documentation.

By email - You can send your completed and signed form to studentfinance@activatelearning.ac.uk and attach scanned copies of any evidence required.

By post -If you would like to post your application, please send it to:

Activate Learning (Banbury and Bicester College)
c/o Student Finance team
Broughton Road
Oxfordshire OX16 9QA
0800 612 6008
We advise that you send postal applications by recorded or special delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents.

Care to learn

If you are aged 16-19 and require childcare support you are advised to apply for support through the Care to Learn Scheme.

19+ Activate Learning bursaries (includes Advanced Learner Loan schemes)

We have a number of bursary schemes available to help students with the associated costs of studying. Please see application form for specific details regarding eligibility for each bursary. Any payment is subject to attendance of 92% and adherence to the college Code of Conduct. This includes a fund for learners with an apporved Advanced Learner Loan.

Travel bursary

A fund to support learners with travel costs.Apply by 10 August 2018 to ensure your pass is available at the start of term.

You could receive a travel pass subject to availability or monthly travel expenses.

Applications usually take four weeks to be processed. At peak times, this could be longer. You will be responsible for any travel costs until your support is in place.


All students pay a contribution towards their travel. The contribution payable is based on your household income. If you leave your course or change your method of travel, the £30 travel contributions are non-refundable. Refunds for travel contributions greater than £30 will be calculated pro-rata, in line with the fees policy.

Students who leave or are withdrawn from their course before the end of the year may have a 'stop' placed on their travel pass by the travel provider.

Course costs and trips bursary

  • This bursary provides up to a 50% contribution towards materials, books, field trips that will enhance your learning, and support with costs to attend university interviews.
  • The fund is available to learners on a fully funded course or if you have a letter confirming you have been awarded an Advanced Learner Loan.
  • If you receive the Advanced Learner Loan or are eligible for a loan, you are not eligible for funding help towards fees.
  • Learners who are paying their own fees and not eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan may be awarded a maximum contribution of 50% towards their fees.
  • Any equipment or materials that are essential for your course may be borrowed from college, so the course costs bursary cannot support these costs.
  • Childcare bursary

    This bursary can be used towards paying for your childcare while attending timetabled classes.
    The amount varies depending on your circumstances, but usually it is up to £160 per week per child (for up to 2 children per household.)
    Your childcare provider must be Ofsted registered.

    Free meals bursary

    This fund is only available if you are aged 19 or over and you are continuing on a study programme you began the previous academic year ('19+ continuers') or if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
    Good nutrition is important to be able to focus on your learning. If you are eligible, this bursary provides you with a free breakfast or lunch for the days you are in college.
    Eligible students will be able to present their ID card at the refectory till to claim their free college meal entitlement.  
    If your programme requires you to take part in a placement outside of college, we will provide you with a supermarket voucher, or if there is no supermarket, a cash advance may be given in place of your free college meal.

    Residential support scheme

    This is a fund to support with accommodation costs. Your course must be either more than 15 miles or a two-hour round trip from your home and not available any closer. The support received depends on your household income.


    Come along to one of our events for more help

    We are holding events over the summer to support students, parents and carers to apply for bursary funding for 2018 – 19. Visit our event page to learn more and sign up. Oxford | Banbury | Reading