Funding & Finance

There are a range of financial support services available to all students to support with the cost of education. 

For more information about course fees please contact our Customer Services department on 061 886 7070

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16-18 Students

Students aged 16 — 18 do not pay any tuition, registration or exam fees, but may be required to purchase course related resources.

16-19 Bursary

To be eligible for the 16 - 19 bursary you must be 18 or under on 31st August in the academic year you start College and fall under one (or more) of the requirements:

  • Looked After Child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support/Universal Credit in your own right
  • Receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

Students eligible for the bursary will receive £1,200 for the year paid monthly. We as a College will also consider awarding the bursary to young carers.

Learner Support Fund

Younger students can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related travel and other costs. It should be noted that funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.

Free College Meals

The Government has extended the student free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.

This means that if you were in receipt of free meals whilst at school and are aged 16 - 18, you may still receive an allowance towards your lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (with income under £616.67 per month)

If you think you may be eligible, please call into Student Services to see a member of the Student Finance team.

Childcare Expenses

If you are a young parent you may be eligible for help with childcare costs of up to £160 per child per week. For more information about this support, please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 for further information and an application pack.

Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16-18 can also be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme.

Travel Costs

Scholars Concessionary Permit

The Scholars Concessionary Permit is £5 and allows students to travel between home and College by bus, rail or metrolink at a discounted rate. For more information visit tfgm.com

Season Tickets

Train, tram and bus operators also offer discounted season tickets for students. These tickets can be used for multiple journeys and can be cheaper than buying single tickets each time. You can also travel further with a bus season ticket, not just between home and college.

System One Bus Savers

If you are aged 16 – 26 and in full time education you can buy student bus tickets, which are available as weekly, monthly and annual passes. These will allow you to travel on any bus at anytime. For more information, visit systemonetravelcards.co.uk

Where to buy?

You can purchase the above tickets from the following:

  • Paypoint Outlets (paypoint.co.uk)
  • Transport for Greater Manchester Travel Shops (tfgm.com)
  • The driver when you board the bus
  • Station / Platform

Army FE Bursary

If you’re planning on joining the army after College, then you may be entitled to receive an Army FE Bursary, aimed at students on full time courses. You could receive £1,000 per year during your studies and a further £1,000 on completion of Phase One Army training. (Totalling up to £4000).

Click here to find out more.

Please note that selection for the Army FE Bursary Scheme is at the discretion of the British Army.