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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

Canteen Service

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT ENQUIRY