Student Bursary Fund

Student Financial Support

The Student Bursary is designed to help students who are experiencing financial difficulty in accessing or completing their course. Funds can be provided to help towards the cost of travel, meals, books, equipment, and essential materials needed for your courses. You must be under 19 on the 31 August in the current academic year.

Application deadline is 30th September

Please click on the drop-down arrow to see if you are eligible. 

There are two categories of Financial Support. (Priority Bursary or Income Assessed Bursary)

Priority Bursary

You the Student may be eligible for a Priority Bursary of up to £1,200 a year. 

To receive a Priority Bursary you must have evidence of one or more of the qualifying elements below:-                   

  • In care
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or financially supporting yourself and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner.
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own right, as well as Employment / Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right.

Income Assessed Bursary

College will provide an income-assessed Bursary for students whose Parents/Carers household income is below £26,000 (this amount is excluding any benefits).

Your application will be means tested and there are four main types of income evidence, which you will need to provide evidence of the following;

  • Final Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602): this is a document detailing entitlement to Working Tax Credits or Child Tax Credits. The income figure required is shown as ‘Total Income for the year from 6th April to 5th April for the current financial year. The Final Tax Credit Award Notice must be dated from April of the current year.
  • P60: this is a statement of earnings from an employer and the income will be shown as either; total pay for year, total income received or gross Income. This must be dated this current year and will relate to the previous year’s earnings.
  • Other Benefits: entitlement or award letter showing evidence of any benefits received, including Universal Credit monthly statements as requested in the application.
  • Self-assessment tax calculation form (SA302): this form is sent by the Inland Revenue to self-employed people and is the equivalent of the P60. The income will be shown under ‘Total Income’ for the most recent year end.

Free Meals

To qualify for the Meals Bursary you will be assessed based on your household benefits:-

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guarantee Pension Credits
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with net earnings no more than £7,400
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC. 

Care to Learn – Childcare

Care to Learn can help you with childcare costs while you study.

Students may be eligible for support for childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme and could receive up to £160 per week for each child.

Students are entitled to help if:

  • They are under the age of 20 and have a young child
  • Are studying at college
  • Have an Ofsted registered child Carer

Further information on Care to Learn is available from:

Tel: 0800 121 8989


Change in Circumstances / Emergency Short Term Support

If you are not in receipt of the Student Bursary, you can apply for some emergency support.  College understands that your circumstances may change throughout the year.  However, once the Bursary Application deadline date has passed, live online applications will be closed and Funds allocated based on need / circumstances. We do keep a contingency for changes in circumstances and Emergency support.  Please note, funds are limited. You can make a request for Emergency Short Term Support and provide details.  You will be asked to provide paper evidence of this based on your circumstances.
This is available to all Students who are not currently in receipt of the Student Bursary providing they have an emergency in the short term or a change in circumstances.

If the student would prefer to discuss this in private, they can speak to their Pastoral Tutor and/or book a student appointment with the Bursary Team.  Student appointments can be booked via the Student Services Moodle page.

Application Requirements

To apply you must…

  • Be enrolled on a full-time programme of study at Greenhead College
  • Be under 19 years of age on 31st August
  • Satisfy residency criteria
  • Have your own current bank account (not savings) to receive any eligible bursary payments.

Online applications can be completed through the College website.  All required evidence must be uploaded to support your application. Incomplete applications with lack of or incorrect evidence uploads will not be accepted and will result in your application being declined. 

  • Applications will open Enrolment Week (usually the last week in August) for all students including those who are NEW to College for the academic year. Bursary Applications can be submitted providing the student is fully enrolled. 

Students NEW to College will additionally receive support/information during their tutorials throughout September.

Submitting your application

Once your application has been submitted in full, College will assess and look at your evidence. If approved, College will determine the amount of bursary support to be awarded.  This will be based on individual need, number of applications and funds available.

When your application has been assessed, you will be advised of the outcome in writing.  If approved, details of what support is available will be included in the approval letter.

  • No application will be accepted without the correct evidence supplied and the application must be fully completed and signed.
  • No application will be assessed until the student is fully enrolled at Greenhead College.
  • Students must apply for the bursary support each academic year


If you have any queries please contact

Student Bursary Office Opening Times

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday –  08:30am – 16:00pm

Wednesday & Friday  – 08:30am – 15:30pm