Financial Support

Oldham College Bursary

The Oldham College Bursary are government funds which are available to provide eligible students help towards course-related expenses such as travel, course related trips, books, equipment, free meals and childcare.

Bursary support is not an entitlement, funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and to guarantee payments starting from September 2017, fully completed and signed applications along with photocopies of any supporting documentation, should be submitted no later than the 30th June 2017. Applications submitted after this date may have their payments delayed.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from students:

  • Whose annual gross household income is less than £30,000
  • Who are studying on a course funded by EFA, SFA or an Advanced Learning Loan (Qualifying courses only)
  • Who have had their application for an Advanced Learner Loan Approved- if applicable
  • Who meet the residency requirements for studying in the UK.

What support is available?

If you qualify you may be able to get a travel payment (depending on where you live) and in addition, you may qualify for half termly payments to help towards other course related expenses such as course related trips, books, equipment and free meals. Some learners may qualify for a daily meals credit of £3.00, which is credited to your ID badge for the days you are timetabled in college. If you require meals support, please indicate this on your application form and we will assess your eligibility.

Students who are 20 years old and over who need help with their childcare expenses, may be able to get help towards these costs for the days they are timetabled in college. The amount we will contribute depends on the provider you are using. If you are a young parent, under 20, the Care to Learn Scheme may be able to assist you with your childcare costs. For more information and to apply online visit

Payments from the bursary are awarded subject to the availability of funds and may also be subject to change without prior notice.

How do I apply?

Click on the following links to print an application form or alternatively you can collect a form from the Student Finance Team in the Student Quarter.

Bursary Application
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Childcare Application
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What other help is there?

Vulnerable Learners Bursary- for 16-18yr olds – Students who meet one or more of the qualifying criteria listed below may qualify for a weekly payment of £33.00 to help towards the expenses associated with coming to college. Learners can apply using the College Bursary Application Form, see above.

  • In Care / Care Leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in place of income support
  • In receipt of DLA/PIP and ESA/Universal Credit.

Advanced Learning Loans

If you are aged 19 or over considering enrolling on a further education course at Level 3 or above, you may have to pay fees for your chosen course. You may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to help with these fees- for more information please contact Student Services on 0161 785 4039 and visit