Oaklands College provides bursaries for both 16-18 and 19+ year old students who have a household income below £29,250. There are different types of bursary available which have different criteria as outlined below.
Our Student Advisors are the best place to check in with any questions or concerns about coming to College. They'll be able to discuss your situation and guide you further. The support available to you will depend on a number of factors such as your age, status, existing qualifications and whether the course is funded or full cost. Try not to make any assumptions about what you are or aren't eligible for until you have spoken to our team - their expertise will give you the advice you need.
Bursary Fund Criteria
Vulnerable Bursary of £1,200 is for those of you who are in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit (in your own name); children looked after (in care); care leavers and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and those of you who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Additional travel subsidies will be made available when it is assessed that travel costs could be a barrier to your attendance. This could be in the form of a free bus pass.
Oaklands Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF) Bursary is for you if your family receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Universal credit
- Employment Support Allowance
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee
- Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £29,250
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Benefit (excluding single person allowance)
- or on a family income which is below £29,250.
Oaklands Emergency Funding is for those of you who have a temporary urgent issue or are experiencing a change in circumstances. This award is discretionary and will be based on an individual basis.
If you are 16-18 years old and studying on one of our Land Based specialist courses, and need to move away from home in order to study, you can apply for our Residential Bursary.
At Oaklands we do our best to make learning affordable for you, therefore if you are struggling financially please discuss any of your queries or concerns about coming to college with our Student Advice Team.
For those of you applying for Skills Funding Agency (SFA) supported courses this entitlement is to increase access to learning, retention and achievement.
Oaklands Bursary is for those of you aged 19+ with a household income of less than £29,250 or if you are a named dependent. If you are married or living with a partner we will assess your joint income.
You will receive:
- 100% of material fees and related course costs excluding tuition fees
- Subsidised travel will be made available when it is assessed that travel costs could be a barrier to attendance
- Up to £45 per month for those living inside Zone 2 and not on an UNO bus route
- Up to £60 per month for those who live outside Zone 2
- Up to £75 per month for those who live outside Zone 2 and have additional charges in their journey
- Trips paid that are linked to curriculum or college activities
- Support for domestic emergencies if required
How to apply
At Oaklands we do our best to make learning affordable for you. If you are struggling financially please discuss any of your concerns about coming to college with our Student Advice Team and we'll see how we can help.
For further information about all fees and to find out what financial support may be available for you, please contact our Student Advisors via email email@example.com or call us on 01727 737000.
Higher Education Bursary
All students joining a Higher Education programme are liable for tuition fees. There are no concessions available however you can apply for a Student Loan to cover your tuition fee. You may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan. The College also has an HE Bursary and students can apply for this.
Advanced Learning Loan
Making the decision to return to education can be daunting but the Advanced Learning Loan means that course fees shouldn't be a barrier to your learning, no matter what your current financial situation.
Additional Financial Support
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for additional support in the form of discounted travel, free meals or help with childcare during your time at College.