Funding and Finance

We have a range of financial support packages that you may be able to access depending on your circumstances.

For more information about course fees please contact our Customer Services department on 0161 296 5000.

16-18 Students

Students aged 16-18 do not pay any tuition, registration or exam fees, but may be required to purchase course related resources during their studies.

Bursary

To be eligible for the 16 - 18 bursary applicants must have applied for, been offered or have accepted a place on a full-time further education course of at least 12 hours per week. Applicants must be aged over 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2019 or be aged 19-24 and have an EHC plan (Educational Healthcare Plan).

Eligible:

  • Looked After Child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support/Universal Credit in your own right
  • Receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

Students eligible for the bursary will receive £1,200 for the year paid monthly. We as a College will also consider awarding the bursary to young carers.

Learner Support Fund

Younger students can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel and other costs. It should be noted that funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.

Free College Meals

The Government has extended the student free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.

This means that if you were in receipt of free meals whilst at school and are aged 16 - 18, you may still receive an allowance towards your lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (with income under £616.67 per month)

If you think you may be eligible, please call into Student Services to see a member of the Student Finance team.

Childcare Expenses

If you are a young parent you may be eligible for help with childcare costs of up to £160 per child per week. For more information about this support, please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 for further information and an application pack.

Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16-18 can be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme.

Our Pass Travel Scheme

Available from July, ‘Our Pass’ is a free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds who live and travel within the Greater Manchester area. Visit www.ourpass.co.uk for more information on the scheme and to apply.

‘Our Pass’ replaces bursary financial assistance for bus travel for students within the Greater Manchester area.

Please note: if you use an ‘Our Pass’ for journeys to and from college, you will not be eligible for a travel contribution from the bursary.

An ‘Our Pass’ will cost £10 and this fee will be reimbursed by the College, if you are eligible for the bursary, live more than 2 miles from the college, and use an ‘Our Pass’ for your college journeys.

If you live outside the Greater Manchester area or have to use alternative transport methods you may be eligible for financial support for travel, please contact Student Services to discuss with a Financial Support Officer.

(contact details are on the back of the guidelines).