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Bursary Support – complete your 2020/21 Bursary Application Now!

Click here to apply for your bursary 

You can now apply directly online using the above link and upload your evidence directly to the Helpzone Funding Team. This means no paperwork, no relying on post and you can track your application progress!

Please note: Home Education students and Apprentices do not qualify for Bursary Support. Please contact funding@southdevon.ac.uk to discuss travel support.

You may be eligible for bursary support if you live with an earned household income of under *£25,000 before tax.

For under 19s, *£21,000 to £25,000 will receive travel support only, and under £21,000 may be eligible for bursary and travel support, depending on the course and learner’s individual circumstances.

If you are 19 years old or older, you may be eligible for a bursary with an earned household income of under £35,000 before tax.

For over 19s, £30,000.01 to £35,000 will receive travel support only, and under £30,000 may be eligible for bursary and travel support, depending on the course and the individual student’s circumstances.

We offer a range of support for students who are either starting or continuing their College studies with us from September. You may be entitled to support towards; course equipment, uniform, DBS checks, meals, tuition fees, childcare, travel and IT Packages* (*19+ and vulnerable learners only).

If you are having any issues applying online please email funding@southdevon.ac.uk to ask for assistance.

Please Note: There is a limited amount of funding available and applications are assessed on a first-come first-served basis. Your application will be means tested and proof of household income must be provided at the application stage.

16-18 Vulnerable Bursary

There may be additional funding available to you if you are aged 16-18 at the start of your course and are in one of the following categories:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • In Care or is a Care Leaver
  • In receipt of both Disability Living Allowance/PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support Allowance

Meal Credits

If you are aged between 16-18 years at the start of your full time course and you or your parent/guardian meet any of the following criteria, you may be entitled to meal credits:

  • In receipt of Income Support
  • In receipt of Universal Credit (with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per annum)
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • 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
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

You could also be entitled if you are aged between 19-24 and have a current Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and meet any of the above criteria.

Childcare Support

Aged 16-19: Students can get financial help with their childcare costs from Care to Learn. Care to Learn will pay for:

  • Childcare costs whilst you learn
  • A deposit if one is charged
  • Travel expenses to and from your child care provider

Apply online

Aged 20+: Students aged 20+ can apply to our Adult Bursary Fund for help towards childcare costs.

Find out more about the help you can receive with childcare costs by using the Childcare Choices calculator.

19+ Advanced Learner Loan for Level 3 – 6 Courses

Level 3 – 6 Advanced Learner Loan Tuition Fee Support

If you’re aged 19 or over and want to study a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you’ll need to pay for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a Government-funded loan to help learners. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £25,725 a year. Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.

For information on the GOV.UK website, click here.

University Centre South Devon (UCSD) Bursary

To find out more about the UCSD bursary, click here. Alternatively, please contact the Higher Education Team on university@southdevon.ac.uk.

Additional information:

Eligibility tool – Find out if you are eligible for the loan.

Advanced Learner Loan Key Fact Sheets.

Money Advice Service – free and impartial advice.


What you might need additional finance for Type of funding (finance) available  Age 16-18  Age 19+
Tuition Fees Fee Remission (FREE tuition) or Advanced Learner Loan Available on all full-time fundable courses Free tuition for your first level 1/2/3 course, if 19-23, subject to course eligibility. State Benefits may also waive Level 1 & 2 fees, dependant on your individual circumstances.

The Advanced Learner Loan is available for students studying a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 FE course (Not HE)

Travel South Devon Travel Pass or petrol allowance funded through bursaries FREE Travel Pass applied for through the Bursary Fund dependant on household income. Travel Pass or petrol allowance awarded. Amount and eligibility dependant on individual circumstances.
Equipment Essential equipment/books/uniform/IT packages* can be supported through bursaries Funding available, eligibility criteria applies Funding available through, eligibility criteria applies.
Childcare costs Funding available through bursaries and government schemes Apply directly to Care to Learn. Eligibility not linked to household income. Aged 16-19 Care to Learn is available if aged under 20 at the start of the course. All other childcare support can be applied for through the Bursary Fund.
Food Free College Meals Eligibility for Free College Meals assessed through the Bursary Fund Only available to those with an Education Health Care Plan. Other eligibility criterion also apply

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have applied to the 20/21 Bursary Fund, when will I hear back?

Once we have received your fully completed and signed application form, along with sufficient supporting evidence of income, we will write to you or email as soon as possible. At peak times, this may take up to 20 working days. Please apply early to avoid delay.

  1. How much will I get if I am eligible?

It will depend on your personal circumstances and household income. The bursary is used to support towards essential course materials, travel, meals, tuition fees and childcare (If applicable). Not all bursary awards will be paid direct to you in cash as some awards may be paid as a voucher, travel pass or if applying for childcare, this will be paid directly to the provider.

  1. Do I need to be on a full time course to be able to apply for this fund?

If you are aged 16-18, yes you need to be on a full time course to be eligible for bursary.

If you are aged 19+, you do not need to be on a full time course but your bursary award will be assessed dependent on how many hours you are studying.

Please note: 14-16 Home Education, Apprentices & Higher Education/University students are not eligible for this bursary and if you are a 14-16 High School student you will only qualify for a SDC Travel pass from the bursary.

  1. If I buy my kit/equipment/books before the course starts will I get any money back?

If you receive an award from the fund and provide the receipts we will refund up to the value of the award for these essential items after the course has started in September.

  1. I don’t know how much money I will need for course books, equipment, materials, and course visits. Where can I find this information?

If you have not already been informed of these costs at your interview, you will be notified following your My Course day in July. We will take all of these costs into account when making an award and the Bursary Fund will contribute towards them for those who qualify.

  1. What does ‘household income’ and ‘means-tested’ mean?

Your household income is as follows:

  • If you live alone – your income
  • If you live with a partner – your income and their income combined
  • If you are under 25 and live with parents (including step-parents/carers/guardians) – their income combined, not your income

Note that by income we also need to know about any benefits being received by any of the above and we will need to see evidence of this.

Once we have the above information we are able to means-test the application, this is where we make an award based on your household income. This allows us to make sure that we are helping those that need it the most.

We understand that employment circumstances can change quickly at the moment. If you are now not working/have been made redundant, we can accept a letter confirming your redundancy for your evidence. However, if you are living with a partner, we will need evidence of their income as well.

  1. As I was at the College last year, do I have to provide any evidence for this year?

Yes, you will need to re-apply and provide recent evidence of income each year. This is in case any circumstances have changed. We are not allowed to assess based on last year’s evidence.

  1. I need to provide evidence of proof of income for my Bursary Fund application, how do I do this?

The evidence you need to provide is outlined on the front of the Bursary Fund application. If you have a query, please feel free to contact the Helpzone on 08000 380123 or email funding@southdevon.ac.uk

Helpzone Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday: 0830 – 1700
Friday: 0830 – 1630

  1. Is there a deadline to send in my Bursary Fund application?

To ensure your funding is in place for when you start in September, we advise you submit your application as soon as possible. We will accept applications all year however there may be a delay in you receiving your bursary and funds may be fully allocated.

Please note: funds are limited and we recommend you apply as soon as possible to secure your funding

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