In 2020/21 you may be eligible to receive a Bursary or Scholarship if you are a new full-time level 4 or above student on an undergraduate Higher Education programme.
There are three financial support schemes available in 2020/21 to support student success:
1. The B&FC Advantage Bursary
This is designed to help students with the costs of equipment associated with study. It is a means tested bursary to the value of £500. You may be eligible if you:
are a new full-time level 4 / year 0 UK home student or EU national and have been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years (undergraduate students only).
This will only be awarded in the first year of study and in 2 payments of £250. The award will not be available if you are repeating a study year or doing a placement year. Eligibility with be assessed using data supplied by Student Finance on household income. There are a limited number of Advantage Bursaries available, therefore, we may assess further based on further information requirements detailed in Important Information.
2. The B&FC Access Scholarship
This is guaranteed for all Care Leavers*, Young Adult Carers** and Estranged Students*** to the value of £1,000 per year of study, to a maximum of 3 years and in 2 payments per year of £500. If you are:
- studying part-time, the amount will be paid pro rata.
- studying a minimum of 25% of the full-time course each year.
- a UK home student or EU national who has been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years.
This Scholarship is not available is you are repeating a study year or doing a placement year
3. The B&FC Opportunity Scholarship
Up to five students will be supported with this new scholarship for 2020/21 for the duration of their studies on a B&FC undergraduate programme.
B&FC is funding this scholarship with the aim of addressing the lack of diversity within our student population, particularly, from this group.
It will cover the cost of tuition fees for up to 3 years of study on a higher education programme at B&FC, if you are a new full-time level 4 / year 0 UK home student or EU national and have been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years (undergraduate students only). and from one of the following BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups:
Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Group
White and Black Caribbean/White and Black African/White and Asian/Other Mixed/Multple Ethnic
Other Ethnic Group
This Scholarship is not available is you are repeating a study year, doing a placement year and/or have a sponsor who is covering the cost of your undergraduate programme.
Eligibility with be assessed using data supplied by Student Finance on household income.
There are a limited number of Scholarships available, therefore, we may assess further based on further information requirements detailed in Important Information.
Financial hardship funding
This funding is available for students on course who may find themselves in financial hardship.
Each case of hardship is assessed on an individual basis via the Careers team and support is given based on a full review of individual financial situation.
How to Apply
- For the Advantage Bursary and Access Scholarship you must apply for income-assessed financial help through Student Finance England. You must ensure that they make a decision based upon your total household income.
- Student Finance will ask you if you want to give ‘consent to share’ your application with the College. Please ensure you tick this box, as the College will not be able to make an assessment for the Advantage Bursary or the Access Scholarship if you don’t.
- If you have already applied to Student Finance, please phone the customer helpline 0300 100 0607 to change the ‘consent to share’ box.
- Complete the Advantage Bursary, Access Scholarship and Opportunity Scholarship application form
- Students who meet the criteria for the Access Scholarship can also apply for the Advantage Bursary and Opportunity Scholarship.
- For the Access Scholarship only, continuing students will need to complete a Student Finance England application for each year of their course, but they are not required to complete any subsequent Access Scholarship application form.
- The deadline to submit an application for the Advantage Bursary is 1 September 2020.
- Bursaries and Scholarships will be given to students who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. There are a limited number available so even if you meet the criteria, this does not mean that you are guaranteed to be granted any funding.
- If you defer your place at College for a year, you will be considered for a bursary or scholarship in the year you start your course, not the year you applied.
- Students will receive their B&FC Advantage Bursary in 2 separate payments of £250 to a chosen bank account. First payment in November and the second in January.
- Payments would stop if there was an interruption in your study and any remaining payments would be made when you return to College, in line with the payment dates.
- If you withdraw from the programme before receiving the full amount, you will no longer be entitled to any further payments.
- Students in receipt of a Bursary or Scholarship must inform Student Administration if they change their programme of study.
- If a student has been awarded a Bursary or Scholarship and subsequently changes their programme (within the same academic year), and they remain on an eligible programme of study with no break in their studies, their Bursary award will be transferred to their new programme of study.
- If a student changes programme to an ineligible programme of study, they will not receive any further Bursary or Scholarship payments.
- The College reserves the right to withdraw a Bursary or Scholarship from any student who has misled the College about any aspect of their application or eligibility for an award. The College will seek repayment of any monies paid in this instance.
- The College reserves the right to withdraw a Bursary or Scholarship if a student’s attendance drops below 90%. Extenuating circumstances for poor attendance will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- The College is entitled to recover any material overpayment of Bursary or Scholarship made in error.
- The College reserves the right to withhold an awarded Advantage Bursary or Access Scholarship where a student has outstanding debt in relation to course fees with the College.
- If we receive more applications for the Advantage Bursary and/or Opportunity Scholarship than the number of awards available, your application will be ranked according to:
- Household income. For the Advantage Bursary this will be as provided by the applicant to Student Finance England and for the Opportunity Scholarship this will be assessed with the individual student with the Careers Team. Ranking will be based on firstly, if the household income is between £0-£5,000, then between £5,000 and £10,000, then £10,001 to £15,000
- If required, a further filter will be on Polar classification with preference to applicants whose home postcode is in an area of lowest participation in HE (QUINTILE 1).
- Eligible applicants who do not receive a B&FC Advantage Bursary and/or Opportunity Scholarship due to insufficient numbers of awards can be placed on a waiting list if they wish, to be considered if any allocated Bursaries or spend become available due to non-enrolment or withdrawal of Bursary holders
- The College reserves the right to extend the deadline for consideration of late applications, if any Bursaries or Scholarships remain unallocated.
- Students will receive their B&FC Advantage Bursary in two equal instalments (November and January) paid directly into your bank or building society account by BACS. Second payment will be paid on or after 1 January 2021.
- Students will receive their B&FC Access Scholarship in two equal instalments (November and May) for each year of study, paid directly into a bank or building society account by BACS.
- Students will be notified of tuition fee payment for their programme after approval of application for the Opportunity Scholarship.
- If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal the decision by writing to the Director of Quality & Standards within 10 working days of the outcome of your application, clearly stating the grounds for appeal.
- Appeals will be considered if there is evidence that an error has been made with the processing of your application. The College is committed to a fair and clear policy in respect of the Bursary and Scholarship schemes and the way they are awarded and managed. They will review the Bursaries and Scholarships every year which can change but are set at least one year in advance.
* Care Leaver: As defined by the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. Students under the age of 25 who have been in the care of or has been given accommodation by the local authority such as foster care or a children’s home for a period of at least 13 weeks spanning the age of 16 years.
**Young Carer: Students under the age of 25 who provide unpaid care for a family member due to illness, disability, a mental health condition or an addiction (Carers Trust). Students will need to provide one of the following:
- A supporting letter from a professional e.g. GP, Practice Manager or Carers Centre Manager.
- A supporting letter from School or College.
- Evidence that you have, are in receipt of Carers Allowance.
***Estranged Students: Students under the age of 25 who are studying without the support of a family network.