*For 2020-2021 we are changing the way you can apply for college bursaries. We will be moving to an online platform which will reduce the amount of time it takes to apply for a bursary, for us to process applications and for us to distribute payments of bursaries. As most of our staff are currently working from home due to the Covid-19 situation, it is taking a little longer than anticipated for this new platform to be available. We are however, still working very hard behind the scenes to get the new platform ready as soon as possible and hope you will bear with us.
Accommodation Residential Support Fund
The Residential Support Fund provides financial support with accommodation costs for learners aged 16+ who are attending a full time further education course at Askham Bryan or Newton Rigg College.
In order to qualify you must meet the following criteria:
• Learner must be aged 16+
• Must be studying a full time Level 2 or Level 3 course at the College. (You will not qualify for a residential grant if you are studying a Level 4 or degree course).
• You must live fifteen miles or more away from the College or the journey must take more than two hours on public transport.
• The grant is means tested on household income. In order to qualify for any assistance the annual household income must be below £30,000
The grant awarded will not cover the full cost of the accommodation and you are therefore required to pay the balance, the remainder can be paid in instalments over the academic year.
Residential grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The closing date for applications is the end of July each year when all applications will be reviewed and a decision will be made in writing to you soon after.
We may be able to offer full time students free transport to and from College. For further information contact Student Support Services in York on 01904 772201 or Reception at Newton Rigg on 01768 893400.
Free Meal Entitlement
You may be able to get a free meal every day you attend College if your parents receive any of the following benefits and allowances:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
Students who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free meals.
If you have any queries please phone 01904 772201 or 01904 772271. To apply please complete the Bursary Fund Application Form at the bottom of this page.
Further Education Vulnerable Bursary
The award is for care leavers, young people in care, or students who receive income support, or disabled young people who receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA). Applicants must be 16-18 years of age.
Further Education Discretionary Bursaries
There are bursaries available for students aged 16-19 years old, who are struggling financially and are awarded to assist with course related costs such as books, equipment, protective clothing, transport and course trips.
Guardians of Eden Trust - Farming Initiative Bursary
A bursary of up to £500 for students resident in the Eden District Council area for young people developing agricultural activity and initiatives, set up by the Penrith Agricultural Society from the proceeds of the farming in Eden book, "Guardians of Eden".
This grant is to help full time students with dependent children in registered and approved childcare. You cannot get this grant if you claim the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit from the Inland Revenue. You can receive up to £255 a week. You can apply for the childcare grant using the form CCG1. If you have any money worries please seek advice from Student Support Services or an advice agency such as the Citizens' Advice Bureau.