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Financial Support

It is our aim to signpost our learners to as much useful information about financial support available to them, however we do not endeavour to provide formal financial advice.

If you need any support or guidance, please contact our Student Services on enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

16 – 18

(and anyone aged 19 -25 who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) ). Please note, if you are studying an apprenticeship you are unable to apply for funding support.

Course Fees

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 you will learn for FREE. Please talk to our team of Customer Advisers for details: enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Bursary Assistance Available

We have a range of financial support for students aged 16 – 18 (and anyone aged 19 -25 who has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) provision).

Evidence of household income MUST be attached to any individual bursary funding application and must be one or more of the following (as applicable):
• P60’s for 2019 / 20*
• 2020/21 Tax Credits Award notice, showing income for 2019/20
• March 2020 payslip (if this shows income for the year)*
• Employment History for 2019/20 from HMRC
• Out-of-work benefits letter less than 3 months old. If older, please supply a current bank statement showing any benefits are still live
• Latest verified accounts of Self Employment
• Young Person 16 – 18. Evidence of Universal Credit
• Young Person 16 – 18. Local Authority confirmation of current status

*Note: Where current income is now significantly lower from the income reported on the P60, and this reduction is likely to continue, please also provide copies of the last 3 months payslips and we will use this as supplementary evidence of income. Please note, we will look at each application independently and the range of evidence provided. We may have more questions if we feel we need more evidence in order to provide financial support.

Bursaries Available: Select the appropriate bursary application based on your individual circumstances. These bursaries are available to students aged 16-18 or aged 19 – 25 with an Educational Health Care Plan.

16 – 18 FE Transport Bursary: For household incomes between £21,001 and £31,000

This bursary is to financially support travel for learners, with a household income of between £21,001 and £31,000 during financial year 2019 / 20. Within the household income eligibility criteria, there are two strands levels of financial support.
• Students with a household income between £21,001 and £25,000 are eligible to have the full cost of their college travel pass paid by the transport bursary.
• Students with a household income between £25,001 and £31,000 are eligible for subsidised transport, with a contribution of £250 payable by the student. This contribution can be made in termly instalments at £95 / £95 / £60 or in full. NB. No passes will be sent to you until the first terms payment is received.

Apply for the 16-18 Transport Bursary Application

16 – 18 Transport & Access to Education Bursary: For household incomes UNDER £21,000 or those who fulfil the criteria below:
• Child in Care
• Care Leaver
• Young person 16 – 18 in receipt of Income Support / Universal Credit in your own right
• Young Person 16 – 18 in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) AND Employment Support Allowance (ESA) / Universal Credit in your own right

Where the household income is less than £21,000, financial support is available UP TO £500 to support costs associated with study (including equipment). In additional students will also receive a travel pass where required.
For other applications, financial support of UP TO £1200, including transport, is available.

Apply for the 16-18 Transport & Access Bursary Application

Free College Meals: if you qualified for Free School Meals you can now apply for Free College Meals

Apply for Free School Meals

Childcare Support: if you are aged 16-19 you can apply for support with childcare costs via Care to Learn

Apply for Childcare Support

16-18 Residential Support: if you are studying a Further Education course, your daily return travelling time would be more than 2 hours and your household income is less than £40,000, you may be eligible for assistance with accommodation costs

If you are unable to complete an application online, please call 0330 123 2523 and we can support you.

19+ and Advanced Learner Loans

Course Fees

Fees vary depending on course and any available concessions. Please talk to our team of Customer Advisers for details: enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Bursary Assistance Available

If your household income for 2010/2020 was below £31,000 you qualify for financial help to support your studies.

Evidence of household income MUST be attached to any individual bursary funding application and must be one or more of the following (as applicable):

  • P60’s*
  • 2020/2021 Tax Credits Award notice, showing income for 2019/2020
  • March 2020 payslip (if this shows income for the year)*
  • Employment History for 2018 / 19 from HMRC
  • Out-of-work benefits letter less than 3 months old.  If older, please supply a current bank statement showing any benefits are still live
  • Latest verified accounts of Self Employment

*Note: Where current income is now significantly lower from the income reported on the P60, and this reduction is likely to continue, please also provide copies of the last 3 months payslips and we will use this as supplementary evidence of income. Please note, we will look at each application independently and the range of evidence provided. We may have more questions if we feel we need more evidence in order to provide financial support.

Support can include:

  • Travel Mileage: travel allowance of 20p per mile for attended timetabled days. Allowance capped at a maximum of £70 per month.
  • Travel Pass: if available
  • Tuition Fee Support: for selected Level 2 courses and below
Apply for the 19+ Bursary Application Form 2020/2021

Childcare Support: if you are aged 20+, the fund can support childcare costs in excess of government funded hours required to attend your course. The fund is capped at £4,000 per child and £6 per hour. A maximum of 3 children can be supported to cover timetabled hours plus pick up and drop off time. It cannot cover any self-study hours.

19 – 30 Residential Support: if you are studying a full-time level 2 or 3 course, your daily return travelling time would be more than 2 hours and your household income is less than £31,000, you may be eligible for assistance with lodgings costs. Please note, this is not for students who relocate. This support is for students who are expected to retain their home address.

Advanced Learner Loans: If you are 19 or older you can apply for a tuition fee loan for eligible Level 3 courses and above. These loans are not means-tested and there is no household income limit. You can still apply to the 19+ Bursary Fund for travel allowance and childcare support (subject to eligibility criteria), but please note that bursary funding cannot be awarded until evidence of your loan is provided. Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

Apply for an Advanced Learner Loans

If you are unable to complete an application online, please call 0330 123 2523 and we can support you.