Financial Support

Study Money / Vulnerable Learners Bursary and Study Meals

Our Study Money scheme is for students aged 16-18 and could offer a weekly payment to help towards the expenses associated with coming to college. Additional payments may also be awarded during the academic year subject to individual circumstances, attendance and the availability of funds. Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Payments may be subject to change due to the availability of funds.

Vulnerable Learners Bursary is for students age 16-18 who meet certain government defined criteria and could provide a weekly payment to help towards the costs of coming to college. (For more information please read the guidance notes in the link below)

Study Meals is a scheme which will provide free meals to students’ aged 16-18 where they / their parents meet government defined criteria. In all cases, applicants for Study Money will automatically be assessed for Study Meals. For full Terms and Conditions please read the Guidance Notes below:
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If you need any further information or help completing your online bursary application please contact our Student Finance team in Student Services on 0161 785 4147 or by email: studentoperationsfinance@oldham.ac.uk

It is quick and easy to apply for Study Money/Study Meals. Simply click on the following link:
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19+ Learners

Students over 19 who need financial support to help them stay in education or training can apply to the college’s Discretionary Learner Support Fund. The fund is designed to help students with the expenses associated with coming to college. Eligible students will receive a termly payment tailored to their needs. Additional payments may also be awarded during the academic year subject to individual circumstances, attendance and the availability of funds. Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Payments may be subject to change due to the availability of funds.

Please note students aged 19-23 completing their second level 3 or above should refer to Advanced Learner Loans / Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.

Students aged 19-24 who are subject to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) may also be eligible for Study Meals whilst timetabled at college.

Students aged 19-24 who are subject to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) may also be eligible for Study Meals whilst timetabled at college.

For full Terms and Conditions please read the Guidance Notes below:
Download Guidance Notes

If you need any further information or help completing your online bursary application please contact our Student Finance team in Student Services on 0161 785 4147 or by email: studentoperationsfinance@oldham.ac.uk

It is quick and easy to apply the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund. Simply click on the following link:
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20+ Childcare 16/17

This fund is available to assist students aged 20 and over towards the costs of childcare whilst studying at College. Students who require childcare support should read the guidance notes below, complete the relevant areas of the online bursary application form and come to Student Services to collect a Childcare Agreement. Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis.

For full Terms and Conditions please read the Guidance Notes below:
Download Guidance Notes

If you need any further information or help completing your online bursary application please contact our Student Finance team in Student Services on 0161 785 4147 or by email: studentoperationsfinance@oldham.ac.uk

It is quick and easy to apply 20+ Childcare. Simply click on the following link:
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Advanced Learner Loans

If you want to study but are worried about the cost there are plenty of options available, with 19+ Advanced Learner Loans helping many people achieve their dreams.

If you are under the age of 19 you are entitled to free tuition and you will not have any exam fees. For most people between the age of 19 and 23 your tuition and exam fees will also be free - depending on your previous qualifications and financial circumstances.

One option for people who do have to pay course fees is to take out an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans have previously only been available for people aged 24 or older, but from the 2016-17 academic year anyone aged 19 or older is eligible to take one out. All adult learners who are UK residents can take out an Advanced Learner Loan and, even better, they are not credit based or means tested - so they will not affect your credit rating.

You can take out up to four loans and they can be used to pay for vocational, technical and professional qualifications at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 - A Levels & Access to Higher Education are just some of the courses you can pay for with an Advanced Learner Loan.

You will not have to pay back a penny until you are earning more than £21,000 a year. After that your repayments will be deducted directly from your salary and you will pay back 9% of however much you earn above £21,000.

If you successfully complete an Access to Higher Education course at college and go on to study a designated course at University, you may be able to get the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off after completing your HE course.

Please note: Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan who withdraw from their course become liable for the fees at the point of withdrawal – in normal circumstances this amount will be fully paid by the Student Loans Company on the students behalf but should there be any instance where the Student Loans Company claw back the student funding the College reserves the right to collect the outstanding debt from the student.

More information on the Advanced Learner Loans is available at
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You could also visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk



Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund (ALLBF)

19+ students who want to study at Oldham College on a qualifying* level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course and have applied and been approved for an Advanced Learner Loan can apply for the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.

(Learners aged 19-23 undertaking their first full level 3 are not required to apply for a loan but have the option to do so for subsequent level 3 qualifications)

The fund is designed to help with the expenses associated with coming to college including childcare. Eligible students will receive a termly payment tailored to their needs. Additional payments may also be awarded during the academic year subject to individual circumstances, attendance and the availability of funds. Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Payments may be subject to change due to the availability of funds.

Students aged 19-24 who are subject to an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) may also be eligible for Study Meals whilst timetabled at college.

If required, students can also apply for help with exceptional learning support, for example support for a teaching assistant and necessary adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.

For full Terms and Conditions please read the Guidance Notes below:
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If you need any further information or help completing your online bursary application please contact our Student Finance team in Student Services on 0161 785 4147 or by email: studentoperationsfinance@oldham.ac.uk

*To find out whether you are studying on a qualifying course please contact Student Services on 0161 785 4054

It is quick and easy to apply the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund. Simply click on the following link:
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