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Financial support

On this page you will find information about financial support for adults and school leavers

Support for adults

An investment in your future is money well spent

A new qualification can give you that extra push to change careers or get the job that you are looking for. You may be eligible for financial support to cover the costs of studying.

  • If you are over 19 and have lived in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before the start of your course, and   
  • If you study an eligible course at Level 3 and above at an approved college or provider. Approved courses include: A-levels, Access to HE diplomas, other diplomas or certificates, advanced or higher apprenticeships.

19+ Advanced Learner Loans

If you are studying on a full-time Level 3 or 4 course or apprenticeship, you are eligible to apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £21,000 per year. 

19+ loans for Access to Higher Education courses are automatically cleared if you go on to complete a higher education course with support of a higher education student loan. For more information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

Please remember a loan is not the only option. For information and advice, contact the National Careers Service and Money Advice Service

19+ Loans - bursary fund

If the above applies, you are eligible to apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees. The loans are not means-tested or subject to credit checks and you start repaying it when you earn over £21,000 per year. 

Financial support

  • Travel bursary – available if you live more than three miles from college and your household income is less than £30,000 a year or you receive income assessed benefits
  • Course costs scheme – available if you are paying tuition fees and your household income is less than £30,000
  • Residential bursary - available if your household income is less than £30,000 and we are the closest learning provider offering your course
  • Childcare bursary– available if you are a parent aged 20 or over and your household income is less than £30,000 or you are in receipt of income assessed benefits. If you are under 20, the Care to Learn government scheme can help with childcare costs. 

The bursary application forms for the academic year 2017-18 will be available in April. 

Ways to send your form to us

We would prefer you to submit your application in person so that we can check that your form has been completed fully and all documentation provided.
 
However, if you would prefer to apply by post, please send to the address below, marked for the attention of the Student Finance Team:
 
Activate Learning - c/o Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury Campus, Broughton Road, Banbury OX16 9QA - 0800 612 6008
 
We advise that you send any postal applications by Recorded or Special Delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents.

Higher education

Higher education programmes have different fees dependent on the programme and awarding body.

International students

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, you will need to pay international student fees. 

Please speak to us today on 0800 371 434 and we will happily answer any questions you have about your particular situation.

Support for school leavers

If you're worried about the costs of studying... don’t be!

We are working to make our courses available and accessible to every young person.

  • You do not pay any fees if you are aged between 16 and 18
  • On some courses, the only costs are for materials, uniforms or trips, and these are kept to a minimum
  • We have bursaries available to cover the costs of travel, accomodation and childcare
  • We will help you to access as much financial support as we can *

To qualify, you need to be:

  • Under 18 (on 31 August) and have a household income of less than £30,000 (travel expenses may be subsidised depending on your income)
  • Aged 19 and over (on 31 August), studying a Further Education course and with a household income of less than £30,000

Get in touch to find out more about financial support and how to apply for it. 

You may also be able to enjoy further benefits if you choose to continue your studies. For example, if you study your first Level 3 qualification entirely with us when aged between 19 and 23, you will not have to pay any tuition or exam fees. 

The bursary application forms for the academic year 2017-18 will be available in April. 

Travel pass contributions

We can reduce the cost of travel to college. More information is available on the bursary guidance form. 

Ways to send your bursary application form to us:

We would prefer you to submit your application in person so that we can check that your form has been completed fully and all documentation provided.
 
However, if you would prefer to apply by post, please send to the address below, marked for the attention of the Student Finance Team:
 
Activate Learning - c/o Banbury and Bicester College, Banbury Campus, Broughton Road, Banbury OX16 9QA - 0800 612 6008
 
We advise that you send any postal applications by Recorded or Special Delivery and only include photocopies, not original documents.

International students

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, you will need to pay international student fees. Please call us or email international@activatelearning.ac.uk for more details.