Student Finance

Student Financial Support: Bursaries & Free College Meals

The 16-19 Bursary is designed to support students who face financial barriers to participation in education with the cost of books, college equipment and/or travel.  Eligible students must be under 19 on 31 August 2022 and enrolled on a non-fee-paying full-time course at Collyer’s.  Where a young person turns 19 during their programme of study, they can continue to be supported to the end of the academic year or to the end of their programme of study. Students with an EHCP who are 19+ and may also be eligible for financial support.

There are two types of bursaries available to help students. The Vulnerable Learner Bursary and the Discretionary Bursary.

The Vulnerable Learner Bursary will be awarded to Collyer’s students in the following categories:


  • In Care
  • Care leavers
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit in their own right.


Students who meet the criteria for a vulnerable learner bursary may receive up to £1,200 a year but the amount awarded is based on actual financial need related to the cost of study.


The Discretionary Bursary for the academic year 2022/2023 is available for students whose annual household income does not exceed £35,000. The amount of bursary awarded will be confirmed following an application and is dependent upon funding allocations from the ESFA and the number of applications received. The college will aim to distribute the funds fairly with regard to the financial needs of the individual student.

Students are eligible for Free College Meals if they or their parents are in receipt of one of the following benefits:


  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – the household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Scroll down to see the Guide to Financial Support & Free College Meals for more information.  If you are eligible for the 16-19 Bursary or Free College Meals, you must apply using our online application process. For further assistance, please email or the student can visit Student Services in B002, during term time.

Click here to Apply for Financial Support 2022-23  


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