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Guide to bursaries - 16-18

Aged 16-18 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. If you require more details, please contact our Advice and Admissions team.

Download the 16-18 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.

Ways to send your bursary application form to us

In person - 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. Remember to 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, Banbury 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.

16-18 Activate Learning bursaries

We have a number of bursary schemes available to help students with the 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.

Travel bursary

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

You could receive a subsidised 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Students who leave or are withdrawn from their course before the end of the year may have a 'stop' placed on their travel pass by the travel provider.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 and field trips that will enhance your learning. This also includes support with costs to attend university interviews.
  • Any equipment or materials that are essential for your course may be borrowed from college, so the course costs bursary cannot support these costs.

    Free meals bursary

    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 on the days when 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. If there is no supermarket, a cash advance may be given in place of your free college meal.

    Vulnerable bursary

    This is a weekly allowance to help you with the costs of college. It is available if you are:

  • A young person in local authority care
  • A care leaver
  • You receive Income Support or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or anyone who is dependent on you and living with them, such as a child or partner.
  • You receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments plus Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right. The bursary is paid pro-rata for part-time courses.
  • Eligible students may receive the full amount of £1,200 if they have expenses and study full-time on a programme of at least 30 weeks. You will receive less, or no bursary support, if your course is shorter than 30 weeks; if you study part-time; if you incur few expenses, or if your bursary fund application was received later in the academic year.

    Payments are made every week provided you have attended for 92% of the lessons during the previous two weeks and adhered to the college Code of Conduct.

    Young Carers bursary

    This is a weekly allowance to help you with the costs of college. It is available for students who are young carers.

    To be eligible for this bursary, you should provide evidence from a support agency or medical professional confirming your caring responsibilities.

    Eligible students may receive the full amount of £1,200 if they have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks. You receive less, or no bursary support, if your course is shorter than 30 weeks; if you study part-time; if you incur few expenses, or if your bursary fund application was received later in the academic year.

    Residential support scheme

    This is a fund to support with accommodation costs. Your course may 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