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Student Financial Support - Oldham College

Oldham College Bursary

The Oldham College Bursary are government funds which are available to provide eligible students help towards course-related expenses such as travel, course related trips, books, equipment, free meals and childcare.

Let us help you with the costs of coming to College! *

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from students:

  • Whose annual gross household income is less than £30,000
  • Who are studying on an eligible course
  • Who have had their application for an Advanced Learner Loan Approved – if applicable
  • Who are eligible to study in the UK

Students must also have a bank account in their own name, we are unable to make payment into anybody else’s account. For help opening a bank account the Money Advice Service provides an article here

What support is available?

Travel – If you live over 1 mile from College you may qualify for a regular travel payment.

Books / Equipment Costs – You may qualify for a half termly payment to help with these costs.

Educational Trips – Additional support may also be available to help towards these costs and where applicable will be paid direct to your course department on your behalf.

Childcare – Students age 20+ may qualify for support towards their childcare costs for their timetabled days in College. Students can choose the childcare provider they wish to use but they must be Ofsted registered. The college has its own onsite Nursery called Butterflies. Places are limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please click here

If you are a young parent, under 20, the Care to Learn Scheme may be able to assist you with your childcare costs. For more information and to apply online please click on the aforementioned link.

Free Meals Did you receive free meals when you were at school? If so this may continue at College but don’t worry if not, you can still apply for Free Meals support. If eligible, you would qualify for a daily £3.00 credit on your College ID badge for your timetabled days.

UCAS Related Expenses & Trips – You may be able to get additional support towards the costs of these expenses.

Vulnerable Learners PaymentsFor 16-18yr Olds – An alternative Bursary is available for students who are:

  • In Care / Care Leaver
  • Receive Income Support or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in their own right
  • Receive DLA/PIP and ESA/Universal Credit in their own right

These students may qualify for a weekly payment of £33.00 to help towards the costs listed above.

How do I apply?

Click on the following links to print an application form or call in and collect one from the Bursary Team in the Student Quarter.

Bursary Application Form
Childcare Bursary Application Form
Butterflies Childcare Bursary Application Form

*Terms, conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Bursary support is not an entitlement and is not guaranteed, funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Payments are awarded subject to the availability of funds and may also be subject to change without prior notice. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and to guarantee payments starting from September 2018, fully completed and signed applications along with photocopies of any supporting documentation, should be submitted no later than the 29th June 2018. Applications submitted after this date may have their payments delayed.