Peter Symonds College

Student Support

Financial Support

16 - 19 Bursary

Students who have difficulty meeting the specific financial costs of attending college may be eligible for financial help from the 16-19 Bursary. This is a cash-limited fund available to help with travel costs, books, equipment and UK trips. Generally, households whose income is £30,000 or under are eligible to apply but special circumstances can be taken into consideration. Application forms to the 16-19 Bursary can be collected from Student Services or downloaded from our Intranet page, once you have enrolled at college. You are welcome to contact us to discuss this further. We also oversee the free college meals programme, and have a second hand bookshop that allows students to purchase and re-sell textbooks at discounted prices.

Free College meals

Free College meals can be applied for, if the student meets the Government set criteria. It’s easy to apply and worth trying even if you are not sure if you are eligible. Applications can be made once the student has enrolled at the college via the Free College meals website. Students currently have up to £3.50 per day to spend at any of the catering outlets on-site.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

You will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 if:

  • You are looked after (in care);
  • You are a care leaver;
  • You are a parent or living independently and in receipt of Income Support (Universal Credit) in your name;
  • You are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit;
  • You are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either ESA or Universal Credit

Students’ attendance and academic record will be taken into account when applications for financial assistance are considered.