Finance And Welfare Advice

Finance and Funding Support

Embarking on a new course can be exciting. However, if you have expenses such as public transport, childcare and other course related costs, it can also be an anxious time. But don’t worry, our Finance advisers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping students get the most out of the support available.

There are a number of sources of financial help available to support you while you are on your course at College.

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The Bursary Fund

The Bursary Fund is aimed at supporting student who may need financial help to continue with their learning and education. The funds are limited and are awarded based on need and criteria. We strongly recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible. 

16-19 Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary is an annual Bursary of £1,200 which is available to learners who meet one of the following conditions:

  • In care
  • Care leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support (in their own name)
  • Disabled and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

16-19 Discretionary Bursary

Learners with a household income of below £25,000 per year are able to apply for the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary for help towards transport, meals, essential books, equipment, and educational visits.

19+ Discretionary Support Fund

The College has a Discretionary Support Fund to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship and whose ability to access or remain in Further Education would be inhibited as a result of financial hardship.

The fund can help towards travel to College, essential books, equipment, childcare and other costs, depending on your circumstances. You are likely to be eligible for help from this fund if you or your parents are in receipt of a means tested benefit (e.g. Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or Working Tax Credit) from a low-income family (maximum household income of £25,000 gross will be eligible to apply) or lone parents.

Childcare Support (under 20)

Care to Learn

If you are under 20 years old you are eligible for Childcare Support from Care to Learn of up to £160 per child per week. More information is available from the Finance and Welfare Team on 01244 656200 or alternatively the Care to Learn Helpline on 0800 121 8989 or visit: https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

Application forms for bursaries

For details on how to apply, please call 01244 656200, email cfw@west-cheshire.ac.uk or drop into the Careers, Finance and Welfare Team at either campus.