Financial Support

You may be entitled to financial support from the College Bursary Scheme to help meet the costs of continuing with your studies.

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. Specialist Supportive Bursary
  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.

Our Bursary application is now electronic via your Cedar portal, to apply please click the following link and log into your Cedar account:

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.
Bursary Form Guidance Notes From 2020/2021.

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:

  • Universal Credit (only if your household income is less than £7,400 a year.)
  • 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 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Telephone: 0800 121 8989
Textphone: 0800 917 6048

Travel Information

Travel passes will be available to buy from the College from Thursday 20th August 2020 to start on the students first day of term. Please check the college website towards the end of August for the prices (as they are due to increase over the summer).

We sell Smart and First passes at a reduced rate and you can pay by Cash/Cheque/Card/Contactless and Apple pay. Your parents/guardian can phone and pay for your travel pass over the phone via credit/debit card and you can collect your pass during the day.  You will need a passport size photo to obtain your Travel pass, please bring this to the Student Finance Desk on your day of enrollment to obtain your pass. Travel passes can be used at evenings and weekends – not just for college!

Please note – we cannot replace travel passes that are lost or stolen free of charge.

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 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.”


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions: