The New 16-19 Bursary

The bursary is financial support that you can use to support your education at college. There are three categories of financial support available at the Sixth Form College:

  1. Guaranteed Bursary: Available for Specific Vulnerable Groups
  2. Discretionary Bursary Plus Free Meals: Benefits Based
  3. Discretionary Bursary Only: Income Based (£27,000 or less after deductions)

Download our Financial Support booklet for more information about the College Bursary and our other forms of financial support: Bursary, childcare and free meals booklet

You can also download a bursary application pack here. Bursary Application Form 18-19

If you have any questions or concerns about financial support please do not hesitate to contact our Student Financial Support Helpdesk on 01782 848736 ext 295.

View the guidance notes for the 16-19 Bursary fund/Free Meals Support Application here.

View our 16-19 Bursary/Free Meals Scheme Policy Summary here.

Free Meals

If you or your parent(s)/Guardian(s) are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits, you will be eligible for a free meal and you will automatically be entitled to the discretionary bursary above:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Asylum Support from NASS
  • The Guaranteed 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 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Note: All students are expected to develop the Stoke6th Graduate attributes to realise their potential. Students who do not engage with this programme may lose an element of bursary entitlement.

Childcare Funding

Care to Learn is a Government scheme to help with childcare costs while you study. If you are under 20 on the 31st August in the year you start your course, you may be eligible to receive help with the cost of childcare and transport (up to £160 per week). You can choose to send your child to a nursery or a child-minder but they must be registered with Ofsted. Childcare payments will go directly to your childcare provider and will stop if:

  • you stop attending your course
  • you reach the end of your course
  • your child stops attending childcare

For further information and to request an application pack please visit or Contact Learner Support below if you need advice or help.

Learner Support helpline
Telephone: 0800 121 8989
Textphone: 0800 917 6048
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Assisted Travel Scheme

Staffordshire County Council Scheme
If you wish to apply for assistance under the Staffordshire Post 16 transport scheme, your application form must be returned to  Staffordshire County Council by 1st August in order to have the best chance of transport being available. If you change your mind before term starts, Staffordshire County Council will arrange a full refund of any money paid once you have returned to them any pass issued. This scheme may not be the cheapest or best option for you so please check out your other options before applying.  Find out more about Post 16 transport scheme eligibility.

Apply for Post 16 transport scheme

You may find that the ‘Your Staffordshire’ card is the best way of you getting to college. The card is free of charge to any Staffordshire resident under the age of 20 and allows travel on public transport when the journey starts or ends in Staffordshire at £1.20 per journey. More information and how to apply can be found in the ‘Your Staffordshire’ card section, or your local library.

Stoke on Trent City Council Scheme
If you wish to apply for assistance under the Stoke on Trent City Council scheme, you application form should be returned to Stoke on Trent City Council by 1st August (note any application received after this date may result in you not receiving your pass by the start of the academic year). Travel passes are restricted to term time only but can be used at weekends during term time. This scheme may not be the cheapest or best option for you so please check out your other options before applying.

Find out more about Stoke on Trent Council Scheme eligibility.

Application forms are available to collect from Sixth Form College.

What our Students Say

“The bursary Is helpful and is something that keeps this college going.”

“I just want to say that the college bursary is very helpful to me and has given me the chance to attend college and achieve a better education. Thanks for everything.”

“The process was quick and the we travel support we received meant my son was able to attend the college of his choice. Fantastic!.”

“The bursary really helps me with my everyday life at college.”

“The college bursary is actually a great thing to be doing at the moment. I am finding it a lot easier because I am receiving the bursary.”

“It helped us as a family so my daughter could attend the course she wanted without any worries.”