Bursaries & Funding

Due to technical difficulties, we are currently pausing bursary applications and application will be available from Monday 12th June.

This does not affect bursary applications already submitted.

Financial support available at Plumpton College

For this reason, it’s important that you know which category of student you fall into, as the fee payments and support funds that are available differ from group to group:

If you are looking to study a short course, you won’t normally be eligible for support funds. The cost stated against each course will be the cost you’ll expect to pay – regardless of your circumstance.

If you require any assistance in completing the forms or unsure of which bursary you qualify for, please email our team at bursary@plumpton.ac.uk or phone 01273 892102. They will be happy to help.


What is the bursary for?

Bursaries are money given directly to the college by the Government or funding directly from the college to help students who face financial hardship in continuing further education. All students can apply, and if the bursary eligibility and criteria is met, then a bursary can possibly help with the following:

  • Bus travel
  • Accommodation
  • Course equipment/ kit
  • College meals
  • Educational trips

If you have a student loan, i.e. Advanced Learner Loan or student finance for University Courses, there could also be a possibility of assistance from the college in the form of a hardship fund, having first secured the loan.

How will the bursary be assessed?

  • Assessment is made on the total household income from the student’s parent/carer or guardian, mainly financially responsible for the student and with whom they live.
  • If the student lives with a spouse or partner – the household income of the both will be assessed. We will look at the student’s income only if the student lives independently and supports themselves.

What evidence do I need to provide?

  • You must provide the full household income to be assessed, whether through salary and/or benefits per year. All taxable earnings, income and benefits are considered.
  • For example, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independent Payment, and Carers Allowance are not considered, but evidence must be provided. Universal Credit and Tax Credit payments are counted; all evidence must be provided.

What is the income threshold to apply?

  • The household income must be £27,000 (before tax) per year or less whether through salary and/or benefits.
  • For assistance with accommodation, a total household income of £40,000 (before tax), per year or less whether through salary and/or benefits.

When can I apply for any bursary funds?

  • We encourage all prospective and returning students who think they might be eligible to apply for assistance to complete and submit their bursary application form during the Spring/Summer term so that their application can be assessed before the start of the term.
  • Early applications will help us ensure that any assistance awarded can be put in place as close as possible to the start of the course.
  • Applications can be made throughout the year.
  • Guidance notes and application forms are available to fill in via the college website.

What can I expect once I've made an application?

  • Applicants will be notified in writing via email of how much has been allocated within the categories they have applied for help with.
  • Awards will be made via BACS or paid in kind where possible.
  • Applications will be judged on individual needs outlined in the Education and Skills Funding Agency guidelines.
  • The amount awarded will be specific to each application.
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