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Whilst an electronic application is the quickest method for receiving confirmation of your eligibility and award, paper copies of our application form are also available on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications for the 2019/20 academic year will open towards the end of May 2019. To be notified when this becomes available, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All current applicants will be notified automatically.

The Windsor Forest Colleges Group offers a range of help with managing your money while you study and runs a number of financial support schemes for students from low-income households. Some students will be eligible for reduced course fees on some courses, including those aged 16-18 and those in receipt of some benefits.

Aged 16-18?

16-18 Bursaries
Guaranteed Bursaries of £1,200 per annum are available to young people in or leaving care, or in receipt of particular benefits.

If you are aged 16-18, but do not qualify for the guaranteed bursary, you may be eligible for our discretionary bursary, providing your household income is below £30,000 per annum. This could entitle you to a contribution towards your monthly transport costs and any compulsory course materials.

Childcare

If you’re aged 16-19 and need help with childcare costs, call the Department for Education & Skills’ Care to Learn team on 0800 121 8989 or go to www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Free College Meals

For students in receipt of certain qualifying benefits, you may be entitled to receive up to £3.00 each day for lunch in our onsite cafes.

Travel Subsidies

The College offers Reduced Fare Cards for both the train and the bus. Students aged 16-18 (on the 31 August of the year you begin studying) can purchase each card for just £30 per term.
The Reduced Fare Card for buses will entitle you to pay the child fare on First Bus routes, (including the Green Line London coach service).
The Reduced Fare Card for trains offers the child fare on certain Greater Western train routes.
We can also offer the option of reduced fare season tickets on qualifying South Western Railway routes. Please speak to Student Services for more information.
Students living and travelling within one of the administrative boroughs/districts of Surrey can also purchase an annual Surrey Fare Card for both / either bus and rail travel. For more information, please go to https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-transport/16-transport-to-school-or-college/student-fare-card-scheme. Students must have enrolled in order to have their rail card released.
Either a Train or Bus Reduced Fare Card may be provided free of charge to those receiving a bursary providing this is the most cost effective way to support your transport costs.

Aged 19 or over?

19+ Bursary
If you are:
• Aged 19-23 and studying at level 2 or below, or for your first level 3 qualification
• Aged 24+ studying at level 2 or below
You can apply for help with the costs of travel and essential materials if your household income is below £30,000 per annum.
You may also be able to access funding for childcare costs if you are aged 20+ and have a household income of below £30,000 per annum.
To apply, please download the application form on this page.

Advanced Learner Bursary

If you hold an approved Advanced Learner Loan (see below) you may be eligible for a small contribution towards your college costs, including childcare. You will qualify if your household income is below £30,000 per annum.
To apply, please download the application form on this page.
Other sources of finance or financial support:

Advanced Learner Loans

An Advanced Learner Loan can help cover the costs of studying for a Level 3 qualification or above. This loan can cover all of the upfront fees for your course and will be paid directly to the College on your behalf. Advanced Learner Loans are not means tested or credit checked, so most people will be able to access them. You will only start to repay the loan once you finish, or leave, the course and are earning more than £25,000 per year. What's more if you undertake an Access to HE course and go on to complete a degree the loan for the Access course is completely written off.
Please note that loans are provided by the Student Loans Company. If you decide to apply for and use a loan to pay your fees, you must ensure you have an approved loan in place prior to the start of your course. You can find out more about using a loan and apply online at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

Tuition Fee Loans for Higher Education (19+ students)

Students can apply for Tuition Fee Loans to cover the cost of tuition fees for HNCs, HNDs or Foundation Degrees. The Tuition Fee Loan is not means tested and there is no upper age limit for applying. Repayments only start when you complete or leave the course and are earning over £25,000 per year.
Please note that loans are provided by the Student Loans Company. If you decide to apply for and use a loan to pay your fees, you must ensure you have an approved loan in place prior to the start of your course. You can find out more about using a loan and apply online at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

There are a range of additional sources of funding from other external organisations.  See our Alternate Sources of Funding Page.  

Financial Support

Our Financial Support team can advise you on what bursaries may be available to you if you don’t qualify for a free course. Contact them on 01753 793368 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Advice about free courses

Please contact the Admissions Team to check your eligibility for free courses, please contact us on 01753 793288 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ask at your interview or drop into one of our colleges from Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.

To download our application form or read more about the financial support available and eligibility criteria, please click on one of the links below:

Financial Support Application Form
(We recommend using Internet Explorer to complete the application form.)
Financial Support Statement.pdf
*Please note that financial support arrangements may change for each academic year. The information on this webpage and the documents it links to applies to the current 2018/19 academic year.

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