Bursary – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Please note that funding and bursaries can have quite complex rules and regulations, but rest assured that the College will try and support you as best as we can.

What is bursary?
A bursary is a fund that the College provides to help students attend college. The College uses it to pay for things like your bus pass and meals.

How much will I receive?
A bursary is not intended to be cash into your bank account. For example you will receive the bus pass rather than the money for the bus pass. How much you receive is based on your household income, if you are a school leaver this would be what your parents/guardians earn. In exceptional circumstances, you might receive cash into a bank account to pay for travel costs or meals.

Am I eligible for a bursary?
The bursary allocation process can be complex, we can’t detail it all here as there are many rules and regulations, to ensure that funds are allocated fairly and to those most in need. Household income is the main factor that helps us allocate support, however it is not the only thing that we consider. Personal circumstances are considered alongside household income, such as how many people are in your household, for example, do you have more than two siblings?

What do I need to apply?

In order to apply for bursary, you need the following:

  • Student ID number (see our how to apply for a bursary guide here)
  • Evidence of Household income (click here for a list of the types of evidence)
  • Bank details – this can be yours or a parent’s account and isn’t mandatory. Remember, you would only receive cash into a bank account in exceptional circumstances.

When can I apply for a bursary?
Bursary applications for the next academic year starting in September usually open in April. If you have applied for a course or if you are a progressing student you will receive notifications that we are accepting applications.

I’ve decided to study at Preston College this September, when should I apply for a bursary?
We advise that you apply for a bursary as soon as the window opens in April. This means there is plenty of time to process your application and have everything ready before you start in September.

I’ve applied to study at Preston College, but I’m not 100% sure that I am coming should I apply for the Preston College bursary?
We would recommend that you still apply. If you don’t apply and then decide to come, we won’t be able to guarantee that your bursary will be processed before you start college. We receive a lot of applications and during the enrolment period it can take weeks to get everything sorted.

I’m a progressing student, do I need to apply again?
Yes, however, as you already have an account and your details are in the system you only need to complete a few checks to confirm your circumstances haven’t changed and that your details are still correct. Please speak to your Student Manager or stop by Student Services if you have any questions.

My circumstances have changed since I applied, what should I do?
Contact Student Services to discuss on 01772 225656.

I haven’t received any money into my bank account, is this right?
Yes, the bursary is used by the College to purchase bus passes and pay for meals. You will receive the bus pass and meal vouchers rather than the money into your bank account. In exceptional circumstances you might receive money towards your costs. If you think you should have received funds into your bank account, please contact Student Services on 01772 225656 or email studentservices@preston.ac.uk

I need help with my application, who can I contact?
Visit Student Services in person, telephone 01772 225656 or email studentservices@preston.ac.uk
Student Services is based in the Main Building, open during term time from 8:30am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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