Learner Support Fund* (2019/20)

The Learner Support Fund (LSF) is money to help students with the costs of studying. How much money you might get depends on your circumstances and the level of your household income. You do not have to pay any money back!

Two types of bursary will be available:

Premium Bursary 

Up to £1,200 (pro-rata for part-time students and students on short courses) to students who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be in Local Authority Care (as defined by the Children Act 1989)
  • Be a care leaver (as defined by the Children Act 1989)
  • Be in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit payments in their own name. This should be because they are financially supporting themselves, or financially supporting themselves and someone who is a dependent of them and living with them (such as a child or partner).
  • Be in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (in their own name) AND Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independance Payments (PIPs) in their own name.
  • Be aged 16 or 17 and an unaccompanied Asylum Seeker in the care of the Local Authority. If a student's immigration status has not been settled by the time they are 18, support from the Premium Bursary Scheme will stop even if this is part way through their course.

Standard Bursary

A substantial amount will be available to full-time students whose gross household income is less than £25,000.

Depending on your circumstances you may get help with one or more of the following:

  • Travel costs to and from College
  • Meals in College up to four times per week***
  • £100 towards course-related costs, e.g. equipment, materials, exams (re-sits only) and some course trips

Some of the bursary may be paid in the form of a bus pass, vouchers or equipment rather than cash. Further information on what you may be entitled to is available in the Learner Support 16-19 Bursary and Meal Scheme Statement. 

Students must:

  • Be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the appropriate date
  • Be enrolled on a full-time funded course (except for Premium Bursary which is payable for part-time courses)
  • Be able to provide evidence of household income/benefits
  • Meet the residence requirement
  • Meet the attendance criteria

How to apply

Once you have enrolled on your course, you need to apply as soon as possible. If you wait until later in the year you may lose out on money that is available for you.

Further information on documents needed for your application are available here.

There are two ways to apply to the Learner Support Fund:

  • Online. You will need to register, complete a short application form and upload the supporting documents you are asked to provide. As soon as your application is assessed you will be able to see your award letter and details of your grant on the PayMyStudent portal. A copy of these will also be sent to you in the post.
  • Paper application. Complete the form and bring it, together with the required documents to see a member of the Student Finance Team, Ground Floor, David Hockney Building. You may be seen straight away, but you might be asked to come back later. When you are seen you will be asked some additional questions and an assessment will be done straight away. If you are eligible you will be told how much you will receive. In some situations a decision may not be made immediately. In this case your decision will be sent to you by post.

August to October is a very busy time. If you come in person you will have to queue. If you are queueing and there is no chance you will be seen within a reasonable time, you will be told and asked to come back at another time.

All bursary payments from the Learner Support Fund depend on students meeting a 'required level of attendance'. Therefore, you must attend your classes in order to meet the attendance criteria and continue to receive you Learner Support Fund grant. If your attendance drops below 85% you may lose your bursary.

* Eligibility criteria applies

** These students may also get Free Meals

*** Should you get meal credits at college?

Many of our students may be eligible for meal credits, but aren't getting them. There can be many reasons why this is. We're here to help you make your time at Bradford College better and not having to spend your own money on meals can help you stay on top of your finances.

You could be entitled to one meal up to the value of £2.41 on each day you are timetabled to study. If you qualify (you will receive a letter after applying) just select your preference from a range of options and present your College ID card at the payment point. Free meals are current available from Lister Building, David Hockney Building and Trinity Green.
If you have any queries regarding Free College Meals please contact our Student Finance team at: [email protected] or call 01274 088349.

Did you know?

  • On the 16-18 rate, as long as you are under 19 on 31 August, you may be eligible for meals credits for the rest of the academic year.
  • If you are aged 19-25 and have an EHC plan you may be entitled to meal credits.
  • If you have meal credits approved, you can pay for meals just with your college card!