Bursaries, Free Meals & Childcare
If you choose to study at Blackpool Sixth, we will do everything possible to support you
There is a variety of financial support available to you during your time studying with us including bursaries, free meals and assistance with childcare.
College bursaries and free meals
A bursary is financial support that you can use to support your education at college and, depending on eligibility, could provide support with transport costs, meals, course resources and much more. The bursaries are reviewed annually and are subject to change in relation to college funding.
What we offer at Blackpool Sixth
There are 3 parts to the financial support available to students:
- Bursary A (vulnerable bursary) – available to specific vulnerable groups
- Bursary B (free meal discretionary bursary) – benefits based
- Bursary C (discretionary bursary only) – based on household income
You will only be eligible for one of the above bursaries at any one time.
- Transition Bursary – available to students who received free school meals in year 11
|Bursary||What may be included*||Who is eligible?|
|Bursary A||Based on individual need, you could receive support that is equivalent to £1200, including transport and free meals.|
To qualify for Bursary C, parent(s)/carer(s) must have a household income at or below £23,000.
A student can apply for the Transition Bursary if they can evidence that they were in receipt of free school meals in year 11.
A student could be eligible for both the Transition Bursary and Bursary C. Evidence of both household income and being in receipt of free school meals in year 11 should be uploaded to the bursary portal. In this instance, the free school meal allowance of £3.01 per day would replace the £1.50 catering contribution, otherwise included in the Bursary C offering. A student would not be entitled to both.
*Subject to eligibility
Applying for a bursary
Please follow this link to apply for a bursary for the 2021/22 academic year once you have enrolled. Applications must be submitted in the student’s name and their student number and college email address are required for registration.
Important: You must provide evidence of all income sources or benefit(s) you or your parent(s)/carer(s) receive. Please upload these documents in full onto the online portal as and when requested. You will not be able to complete an online bursary application without this evidence.
If you have any questions about the bursary, application process or evidence, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Finance team by calling 01253 307096 or emailing email@example.com.
All students will have to re-apply for financial support each year that they are in college, as the bursary does not roll-over into the next academic year. Full, up-to-date evidence will need to be provided with each new application form. Students will be contacted by the Student Finance team when it is time to re-apply.
Please note: Bursary provision is reviewed annually and is subject to changes in college funding.
The purpose of the Access Fund is to financially support students who may not be eligible for a Bursary, but who are experiencing short-term difficulty in meeting the costs associated with their learning and coming to college. The fund is used primarily to provide support towards:
- travel to and from college
- essential course costs/materials/textbooks
- essential education visits
Any student experiencing financial hardship is entitled to apply for financial support. There will be an assessment undertaken to ensure that support is provided to those most in need. Blackpool Sixth will ensure that financial support is implemented in the fairest possible way, to the maximum possible benefit of students who need financial support in order to succeed in their studies.
Please contact a member of the Student Finance team for more information either via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01253 307096.
Support with childcare
If you are under the age of 20 and have one or more children, Care To Learn can help you with the cost of childcare whilst you are learning.
You can get Care To Learn if:
- you are a parent under the age of 20 at the start of your course
- you are the main carer for your child
- you live in England
- you are either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country (https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea)
- your course qualifies (all courses at the Blackpool Sixth qualify)
- your childcare provider is registered with Ofsted
Payments for childcare are made directly to the childcare provider. Payments for travel go directly to college and you will either be paid directly or college will arrange your travel. For more information on eligibility and an application form please contact either the Learner Support Helpline free on 0800 121 8989, visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to the college’s Welfare Officer.
Frequently asked questions
How will I get my free meals?
If you are eligible for free meals or a catering contribution, a daily allowance will be added to your college catering account. This is redeemable at any of the college’s catering outlets’ till points, by swiping your college ID card as instructed.
How will I receive my travel pass?
If you are eligible for a bus pass, a member of the Student Finance team will contact you to explain how you will receive this. This will vary according to which bus pass type you have selected.
What if I have to travel to college by train?
College can meet up to 40% of the cost of your train travel to and from college. Please speak to a member of the Student Finance team about your travel route and related ticket costs and refund arrangements will be put in place.
How do I access support with additional college costs?
In the first instance, please email your requirements to email@example.com attaching any relevant links to items you may be requesting.
What if my financial circumstances at home change?
Blackpool Sixth understands that circumstances may change throughout the year. If there are changes to your household income during the year (e.g. a parent/carer loses their job), you can apply for a bursary or we can reassess the existing bursary support awarded to you at any time during your studies.
New applications will be accepted throughout the whole academic year.
Any questions that haven’t been answered above?
If you require any help or advice on making a bursary application or any financial support listed above then, please email the Student Finance team on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01253 307096.
Thinking about going to university?
While you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get student finance to help with both.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for student finance is online. You should apply as soon as the application service opens.
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