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Financial support for your studies

THERE SHOULD BE NO BARRIERS TO YOU SUCCEEDING AS A STUDENT

Support is available to students needing help to cover education-related costs such as study resources or getting to college.

  • 16 to 19 Bursary
  • £1,200 bursary (for vulnerable students)
  • Discretionary Learner Support Funds
  • Free meals
  • Travel bursary
  • Childcare support

16 TO 19 BURSARY

Apply for up to £1,200 to support your studies if:

  • You’re in care
  • You’re a care leaver
  • You live independently and receive  Income Support or Universal Credit in your own right
  • You get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • You get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

16-19 DISCRETIONARY BURSARY

If you are not in receipt of a full £1,200 Bursary, YOU may be eligible to receive a Discretionary Bursary based on evidence of the following criteria:

  • You’re from a household where the total salary is below £16,190.
  • You’re from a household where the total salary is between £16,191-£18,000 and there are three or more children under the age of 18 living in the household.
  • You’re from a household where the total salary is between £18,001-£21,000 and there are four or more under the age of 18 living in the household.
  • You’re a registered carer for a relative.

free meals

Free meals while studying may be available if you or a parent or guardian receives any of the following benefits. The assessment for free meals will be in conjunction with the bursary application.

  • 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 (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after qualification ends for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings of or less than £7,400 per year (after tax and not including any benefits).

how to apply

16-19 Bursary Fund and Free Meals in Further Education, Discretionary Learner Support Fund:

  • 16-19 Discretionary Bursary Guide 2021-2022 check here for eligibility
  • If you are eligible for the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary and Free Meals an application form is available here
  • Discretionary Learner Support Fund application form is available from the Attendance Office near Student Services
  • Submit the application form once you have enrolled as a Xaverian student
  • You’ll need to reapply for each year of your course
  • We can help with your application please email bursary@xaverian.ac.uk

TRAVEL BURSARY

Those students who are travelling from Derbyshire or other outlying districts, who are not eligible for Manchester concessionary passes may be entitled to a subsidy, paid monthly; application forms are available from the Attendance Office. We strongly advise students who travel to college by train to check the website railcard.co.uk for benefits of the 16-17 Saver railcard.

For further information email bursary@xaverian.ac.uk

Travel concessions

Greater Manchester residents:

The Our Pass card offers free bus travel throughout the county – and lots of other exciting retail and leisure benefits.

To apply you’ll need:

  • An email address
  • A passport-style photo
  • Proof of your date of birth – such as a passport, birth certificate or NHS medical card.
  • Proof that you live in Greater Manchester – such as a recent bank statement or mobile phone bill.
  • A way to pay online a one-off £10 fee for your One Pass card.

TRAVEL CONCESSIONS

Live outside Greater Manchester?

If you’re aged 16 or 17, you can now enjoy 50% off Standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets, helping you save money on trips into town, days out to the coast, travel to college or weekend festivals – as many times as you like.

A 16-17 Saver is just £30 and is valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first. If you’re aged 16 or 17, you’re eligible!

To apply you’ll need:

  • Evidence of age – a valid UK driving licence, passport or national ID card
  • A good quality digital passport-style photo of you
  • Debit or credit card for payment

FIND OUT MORE

To get in touch with our Finance Team, email bursary@xaverian.ac.uk

DOWNLOAD OUR BURSARY APPLICATION FORM

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