Financial Support

16-19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is to help you to complete your studies if you are in financial hardship and struggling to pay with the costs of coming to college. For many students facing financial hardship, the Bursary Fund can be the key in enabling them to succeed at Exeter College and secure a better future.

If your household income is under £23,000 you can apply for help with the cost of equipment, transport, food, resource fees, trips and other course related costs.

Evidence of your household income is required with any application made. The assistance you receive is discretionary and will always be conditional on your attendance and with you keeping within the terms of the ‘Student Code of Conduct’, which you sign at the start of your course.

Young people in care, care leavers, those claiming Income Support (or Universal Credit) or Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) in their own right are eligible for a bursary of £1,200 per year. 

You can start your bursary application online. If you would like to speak to someone please contact Hannah Robson on 01392 400447 for further details.


Free meals

Were you entitled to Free School Meals? If so, you may be entitled to Free Meals whilst studying at college…

Students aged 16-18 at the start of their course (or 19 and subject to an LDA) will be eligible to receive a free meal for the days you are attending your programme of study if you or your parents are in receipt of one or more of a qualifying benefit:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) provided annual income, assessed by the Inland Revenue does not exceed £16,190 (please note: This amount is subject to change in April every year)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Support if you have a child

Students under 20 years old can get financial help with their childcare costs from Care to Learn.
Care to Learn will pay for:

  • Childcare costs while you learn
  • A deposit if one is charged
  • Travel expenses to and from your child care provider

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Residential Support Scheme

The Residential Support Scheme provides financial support with accommodation costs for learners (aged between 16 and 18) who need to live away from home to study because their course is not available locally (this will need to be confirmed by the EFA).

If you think you might be eligible and want to apply, you can contact Exeter College’s Student Welfare Leader on 01392 400447.

Army bursary scheme

If you are keen to go into the Army at the end of your college course and are doing a full time vocational course or A Levels, find out about the Army Bursary Scheme.

Visit www.army.mod.uk or talk to a college adviser before completing your application.