Financial Assistance

At BCA, we believe that a students’ personal financial circumstances should not be a barrier to academic development. If you are experiencing financial issues, there is a range of Government funded schemes that may be able to assist.

24+ Advanced Learning Loan

Aged 24 or over and thinking about Further Education?

If you’re starting a course on or after 1st September 2016 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you pay the tuition fees charged by colleges and training organisations.

Most learners aged 24 and over, studying at level 3 and above, will qualify for these loans from the UK government. It is easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. For more information, visit www.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

The Advanced Learning Loan has now been extended to students aged 19-23 years of age. This loan will cover tuition fees and will be paid back on completion of your course and when you are earning in excess of £21k per annum.

For further information, please visit the following sites:

Student Finance England

Learn Direct

Gov.uk – Advanced Learning Loans

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

This is a fund granted by the government that the College can use to assist those students who are facing financial hardship.

To be eligible the household income must fall BELOW £25k per annum Gross (before Tax). The application form will require additional information with regards to the benefits that you may receive.

If you are successful with your funding application we MAY be able to assist with BCA transportation (for age bands 16-18 and 19-23) and childcare (19-23 years only). Applications will be available at enrolment.

Due to government cut backs in funding allocations to colleges, students for 2016/17 applying for DLSF will have to pay a charge towards their first term bus pass. Depending on the route they will be travelling costs will be £65 for the yellow shaded area and £80 for the green shaded area. Please click here to see the transport map for yellow/green banding. This payment ONLY applies to students aged 16 – 18 years of age as of the 31st August 2016.

Please note: This payment is to be made at enrolment before a ‘Permit to Travel’ pass can be issued and is NON refundable.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

If you are in care, a care leaver or claim income support or universal credit, ESA AND DLA (in the students own name) then you MAY be eligible to receive a 16-18 bursary while you study in 2016/17. You must be aged between 16-18 on the 31st August 2016.

There is a strict criteria which you must meet to apply for this bursary.

Free School Meals

Applicants must be on an annual gross income under £16,190 per annum as assessed by HMRC.

If you are aged between 16-18 years of age on the 31st August 2016 and in receipt of the following benefits:

  • ESA
  • JSA
  • Income Support
  • Child tax credit but NOT entitled to working tax credit

You MAY be entitled to receive £2.41 per day for the days you are in attendance at college on your full time course.

Care to Learn

For more information, or to apply visit the Care to Learn website or call their helpline on 0845 600 2809.

Facilities Charge 2016/17

All students starting a course at BCA 2016/17 academic year are asked to pay a £75.00 facilities charge. This charge is payable to BCA at enrolment.

Unfortunately the Discretionary Learner Support Fund is unable to pay/refund this charge.

For further information with regards to the bursary’s mentioned please contact our bursary manager via email on wgthomas@bca.ac.uk

Find out about other possible College related costs here.