Financial support and bursaries
We may be able to help to cover the cost of studying here at Telford College.
Guidance on financial help is available from our in-house financial support team. They can help navigate any funding or bursaries you may be entitled to.
For example, students may be eligible for bursary support if they are:
- In care or a care leaver
- Receiving income support or universal credit in their own right
- Receiving Employment Support Allowance and, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
Discretionary award and childcare fund
Students may be eligible if they/their parents/guardians have a total household income of below £35,000, or are claiming out-of-work benefits. We may be able to help with:
- Travel expenses and college meals
- Essential books, materials, equipment and uniform for your course
- Professional fees (eg. Association of Accounting Technicians – AAT), exam fees and UCAS fees
- Help with childcare fees for when students are at college or work/industry placement
Free college meals
Is a student entitled to a free college meal? The answer could be yes, if they are aged 16-18 on August 31 at the start of the academic year and your/their parent/guardian receives any of the following:
- Income support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 per year
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (assessed by HM Customs and Revenue)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (rules apply)
Students aged 19-24 and subject to an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) may also be entitled to free meals if you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits above.
A student also might be entitled to free meals if they claimed them at school, and can provide proof.