Bursary and Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Full Time Further education Courses e.g. Access, Intermediate, Higher, National Certificate, Lifestart and Skillstart.

Our Student Funding team can offer advice on Bursaries and the Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme (EMA) as well as information on funding you may be eligible for but should be used purely as an indication as all awards are subject to application and supporting evidence.

All students who have been offered a place on a course will automatically be sent a link to apply for their funding online, so please ensure your email address is your own (not shared) and up to date as this is how we will communicate with you.

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Bursary Terms and Conditions 2020-21

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EMA Terms and Conditions 2020-21

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EMA Learning Agreement 2020-21

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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

FULL TIME FURTHER EDUCATION - 16 & 17 YEARS OF AGE

  • Under 18 years at the start date of the course
  • Living with parents or legal guardians
  • Have no dependent children

EMA weekly payment is £30, means-tested as shown:

1 child: £0 - £24,421

2+ children: £0 - £26,884

How to apply - You will be sent an email link once you have been offered a place on a course.

Rule May be eligible for: Information Required: Documents Requited:

No parental income declared

or income more than £24,421 (households with 1 child),

or £26,884 (households with 2 or more children).

Residency rules apply.

Fees paid

Travel costs 

Study costs

Additional support needs allowance

NOT eligible for EMA weekly allowance

Personal details

Residency

Education

Travel details

Birth certificate or passport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parental income less than £24,421 (households with 1 child), or £26,884 (households with 2 or more children).

Residency rules apply.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) £30 per week

Fees paid

Study costs

Travel costs 

Additional support needs allowance

Personal details

Residency

Household income

Education

Bank details

Travel details

 

 

Birth certificate or passport

EMA Away from Home Allowance Possible additional weekly payment maximum £42.35 As above plus own accommodation details Student's tenancy agreement in own name

FE Bursary - Parentally Supported Student:

FULL TIME FURTHER EDUCATION - 18 - 24 YEARS OF AGE

  • 18 - 24 years at the start date of the course
  • Not living with a partner
  • Have no dependent children
  • Not been financially self supporting for 3 years

Maximum weekly Bursary £84.30 means-tested.

How to apply - You will be sent an email link once you have been offered a place on a course.

Rule:  May be eligible for: Information required Documents required
Age between 18 and 24 parentally supported student

Residency and previous study rules apply

 Fees paid

Travel costs 

Study costs

Additional supprt needs allowance

Dependant allowance

Maximum weekly bursary award £84.30

 Personal details

Residency

Education

Student's income

Household income

Bank details

Travel details

 

 

Birth certificate or passport

Parent(s) P60(s), or benefit letters or Self Assessment Tax Return

Proof of student's income

Council Tax notice

Tax Credit Award Notice

Sibling(s) birth certificate(s)

Student also has own tenancy agreement

Possible additional weekly bursary of £22.23 - no award will exceed £106.53 per week

As above plus own accommodation details

 

Student's tenancy agreement in own name

FE Bursary - Independent Student

FULL TIME FURTHER EDUCATION - AGE 25+ OR INDEPENDENT AT START OF COURSE

  • Single and aged 25 or over or
  • Under 25 and either
    • Financially self supporting for 3 years or
    • Have dependent child or
    • Married / civel partnership / living with partner

Maximum weekly bursary £106.53 means-tested.

How to apply - You will be sent an email link once you have been offered a place on a course.

Rule May be eligible for: Information Required Documents Required

Independent Student

Residency and previous study rules

Fees paid

Travel costs 

Study costs

Additional support needs allowance

Dependent allowance

Maximum weekly bursary award £106.53

Personal details

Residency

Education

Proof of student's income

Proof of partner's income (if applicable)

Bank details

Travel details

 

 

Birth certificate or passport

Proof of income (3 full years' evidence required if single and aged under 25)

Partner's income details, eg P60, benefit letter, Self Assessment Tax Return

Council Tax notice

Tax Credit Award Notice (if applicable)

Child's birth certificate or passport (if applicable)

FE Bursary – Care Experienced Student

This is a non means tested award available to any student who has at any time been looked after by a local authority in the UK. Qualifying students must have reached their statutory school leaving date, there is no upper age limit restriction. NB - the removal of the upper age limit is a change to last year's Bursary Policy. When assessments are being made the College must take into account the potential impact on other benefit entitlement and always ensure the student receives the optimum award based on their individual circumstances.

Categories for consideration:

  • Foster Care.
  • Kinship Care.
  • Residential Care.
  • Compulsory Supervision Order with no condition of residence (Looked after at home) (Previously known as a Supervision Requirement).
  • Compulsory Supervision Order with a condition of residence (Looked after away from home) (Previously known as a Supervision Requirement).
  • Permanence Order

Maximum weekly bursary £202.50 non means-tested.

How to apply - You will be sent an email link once you have been offered a place on a course.

Rule: May be eligible for: Information required Documents required

Independant Student

Residency and previous study rules apply

Fees paid

Travel costs 

Study costs

Additional support needs allowance

Maximum weekly bursary award £202.50

Personal details

Residency

Education

Student's income

Bank details

Travel details

Proof of Care Experienced status 

 

Birth certificate or passport

Social Work Letter 

Proof of benefits to ensure optimum award