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


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
  • The student must have their own current bank account (not savings) to receive any eligible bursary payments.

To apply you will need to complete an online application through the College website and upload all required evidence to support your application.

  • Applications open 31st August for students who are already enrolled at Greenhead College
  • Applications open 6th September for students who are NEW to Greenhead College this academic year, once fully enrolled. 

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

A Change in Circumstances

The College understands that your circumstances may change throughout the year.  However, once the deadline has passed online applications will close. 

Only emergency applications will be considered after this date.  In this instance, please e-mail giving details of the emergency circumstance and a student appointment will be offered.  Financial evidence will be required as per the application process.

  • Any eligible payments will NOT be backdated to September if the application is received after the deadline date.


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