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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.

If you are a returning student that has already enrolled online and require a Bursary, please come in to see the Bursary Team during the enrolment period of 18th August – 4th September 2020. When you arrive, state that you have already enrolled online and are here for Bursary and Finance only and you will be Fast Tracked through to meet with one of the Bursary Team.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

The Advanced Learning Loan has now been extended to students aged 19+ years of age. This loan will cover tuition fees and will be paid back by the student on completion of your course and when you are earning in excess of £21k per annum. If you’re starting a course on or after 1st September 2020, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you pay the tuition fees charged by colleges and training organisations. If you are studying at Level 3 or above, you could be able to qualify for a student loan from the Student Loan Company. It is easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. For more information, visit For further information, please visit the following sites:

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 £26k 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 from enrolment. Students applying for DLSF 2020/21 will have to pay a charge towards their first term bus pass. Depending on the route they will be travelling, costs will be £75 for the yellow shaded area and £90 for the green shaded area. Download the transport information for yellow/green banding. 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 2020/21. You must be aged between 16-18 on the 31st August 2020. There is a strict criterion 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 2020 and in receipt of the following benefits:

  • ESA
  • JSA
  • Income Support
  • Child tax credit but NOT entitled to working tax credit
  • Aged 19-23 with a valid EHC plan

You MAY be entitled to receive a minimum of £2.41 per day for the days you are in attendance at college on your full-time course. To access the On-Line Free School Meal Government website. You will need your National Insurance Number and date of birth, followed by your child’s full name and date of birth.

Care To Learn

If you are a full-time student aged 20 years or under as of the 31st August 2020 and have a young child, you can apply for Care to Learn to assist with your child care fees. For more information, or to apply, visit the Care to Learn website or call their helpline on 0845 600 2809.

Facilities Charge 2020/21

All students starting a course at BCA 2020/21 academic year are asked to pay a £95.00 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 bursaries mentioned, please contact our Bursary Manager.