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Financial Support

If you choose to study at Blackpool Sixth, we will do everything possible to support you.

There are 3 parts to the financial support available to students:

  •  Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 per year plus free meals of £2.41** a day for students in most need
  • Free Meal Bursary* of up to £700 per year plus free meals of £2.41** for students who meet the free meal criteria
  • Income-assessed Bursary of up to £700 per year for students who don’t meet the free meal criteria but whose parents receive working tax credit and whose household income is less than £16,190

1) Guaranteed Bursary

Those most in need will be eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 a year plus free meals. You will be eligible for this bursary if you are:

  • In care or a care leaver.
  • A young person receiving income support (e.g. young parents, young people living independently, young people who are registered as disabled).
  • Or a young person receiving both Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment andEmployment Support Allowance.

2) Free Meal Bursary

To be eligible for a Free Meal Bursary of up to £700 a year plus free meals you must meet the free meal criteria. Your parent(s)/carer(s) must in receipt of one or more of the following benefits

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit*)
  • Universal Credit (during initial roll out of benefit)

Students whose parent(s)/carer(s) are entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 will not be entitled to the Free Meal bursary but may be eligible for an Income Assessed bursary.

3) Income Assessed Bursary

We will provide an Income-Assessed Bursary of up to £700 per year to students who meet the Income Assessed bursary criteria. You will be eligible for an Income Assessed Bursary if your parent(s)/carer(s) receive Working Tax Credit, but only if your annual income is less than £16,190.

What do I need to do to apply for free meals and/or a bursary?

Apply now if you meet the eligibility criteria. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible with a deadline of Friday 28th August to guarantee that your bursary will be available at the start of term. Applications after this date will be processed as soon as possible. Please make sure that you include the appropriate evidence with your application. We will assess your application and send a “Notice of Entitlement” explaining how much bursary you will receive.

How will I get my bursary?

The Bursary will be paid in instalments into the students bank account:

  • Guaranteed Bursary – paid in instalments of £120 plus £2.41 per day for meals*
  • Free Meal Bursary – paid in instalments of £70 plus £2.41 per day for meals*
  • Income Assessed Bursary – paid in instalments of £70

*If you are eligible for free meals, the allowance will be paid via the college’s cashless catering system and credited to your catering account for use on a specific day for a designated range of products.

Will I automatically get this money?

No, you must attend a minimum of 95% of lessons to qualify for payments.

Apply now:

To download our ‘Bursary Scheme Application Form’, please click here.

Please contact a member our Student Finance Team on 01253 394911 if you have any concerns or queries.