We don’t want finances to stop you from coming to Kirklees College. Whether you are applying for grants or loans or need to understand the types of support and funding available, we have the information you need and a team in place for you to talk through your options.
16 - 19 Bursary Fund
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific financial barriers to help them remain in education.
Support is available to students in the following three categories:
- Students aged under 19 in receipt of Universal Credit, who are in care or are a care leaver, or in receipt of certain disability benefits
- Students with a household income of under £30,000
- Students with a household income of over £30,000, who demonstrate that money will be a barrier to completing their studies
We also offer support with travel costs. If you live over a mile from your centre of study and qualify for financial assistance, we will provide you with a West Yorkshire Metro monthly bus pass. If you live within one mile of college but have a medical condition or have care commitments, you may still be eligible for travel cost support which our team will discuss with you.
Free College Meals
All Kirklees College students get a free breakfast at the refectory in their centre of study. If you received free school meals, you may also be eligible for free meals at college. Please highlight that you would like to receive money off college meals in the Financial Support application form and make sure you have submitted this before you start your course. You will have to reapply for free meals every year you are studying at college.
Adult Income Learner Support (19+)
If you are over the age of 19, you may be eligible to access financial support to cover course costs, travel and childcare costs. We may also be able to help you with free college meals.
Funding is also available to students on a course at Level 3 and above and who are in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan.
Support is available to those on ESFA funded courses only. Students on Adult Education or Community courses are not eligible to apply.
Students with a household income of up to £30,000 are eligible to apply for the discretionary bursary if not in one of the vulnerable groups.
If household income exceeds this but paying for course costs will be a struggle, students can still apply and will need to provide extra documentation.
Funding for 19+ students can help pay for things like:
- Course materials and equipment
Student Finance and Tuition Fees
Students aged 19+ on a higher education course may be eligible for a student loan to cover tuition fees, which is often managed by the Student Loans Company (SLC).
Tuition fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration and exams. At Kirklees College, our fees are significantly lower than universities and other colleges in the area. Our Financial Support Team is happy to provide information, advice and guidance on any aspect of student finance and budgeting.
We also offer several bursaries for higher education students at Kirklees College, including Widening Access Bursaries for students who may have experienced barriers to higher education.
Find out more about our Higher Education bursaries
Local Student Bursaries
This bursary will target local students accepted on to a Higher Education programme at the College with a permanent home address in the local area (all West Yorkshire postcodes). A phased cash payment of £500 is made in the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance loan or student support grant.
This bursary will be available to any home student on Engineering or Process Manufacturing programmes only. A phased cash payment of £500 will be made during each year of study (excluding any repeat year). This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance loan or student support grant. Students receiving this bursary are not eligible for any other bursary outlined in this Access Agreement.
Widening Access Bursaries
These bursaries are available to the following student groups:
Care Leaver Bursary
This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to students who have left local authority care in the two years prior to enrolment on the first year of study, irrespective of postcode. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. Attendance must be 85% or above during the first the first three months on programme (other than mitigating circumstances).
Full-time Carer Bursary
This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to applicants who have full-time carer responsibilities. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance loan or student support grant.
Access to HE Diploma Bursary
This bursary will offer support to students during their first year of study and will be available to students who have success fully completed an Access to HE Diploma programme. Students must have successfully completed an Access programme that is appropriate to allow progression to a Higher Education programme. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance loan or student support grant.
Following the changes to the Disabled Students Allowance, Kirklees College is committed that no student will be disadvantaged.
We have always taken a proactive approach in developing programmes and provision for all learners and are keen to support your individual needs and the needs of your family. Find out more about how our team can support your learning.
Find out more about how we can support you or get in touch if you would prefer to talk to one of our team.