Availability of Funding
The college will help as many students as possible with the funding available but will prioritise those in most need. At present we are uncertain of the number of applicants and funding available to the college for 2020-21 and therefore cannot guarantee financial assistance in every case, but welcome applications.
Appeals against unsuccessful applications can be made to the college by e-mail to [email protected]. All appeals will be responded to within one working week by the Assistant Principal Finance.
Appeals against non–payment of the weekly award must be made directly to Student Information Services 0161 419 3624
Who can apply
To apply for a bursary you must be aged between 16 and 19 and in full-time or part-time further education or training.
Generally asylum seekers are not entitled to public funds. If you are an asylum seeker and have not had your application for asylum refused educational institutions can provide in-kind student support such as books, equipment or a travel pass. Please seek advice from Student Information Services for any assistance which we may be able to make available to you.
How do I apply?
Log into your application and follow the instructions in the “16-19 Bursary” section.
Log into MyAquinas, select “Bursary” from the top menu and follow the instructions on the page
We accept bursary applications throughout the academic year, we understand that households can experience a change in circumstances at any time
What do I include with my application?
Please include with your application form images of any of the following applicable documents:
- your current P60
- SA302 and dividends if self-employed. Your accountant will be able to request an SA302 for you, or you can call HMRC yourself. You will need your basic personal information, your ten digit UTR (unique tax reference) and NI Number.
- income from savings, shares, investments, trusts, dividends
- income from rental properties
- pension income
- pension credit
- complete and current working and child tax credit document for 2020-2021 (annual review document is not sufficient)
- all documentation for Universal Credit (the three most recent monthly award statements)
- all documentation for ESA
- all documentation for Income Support
- all documentation for Job Seekers Allowance
- all documentation for carers allowance
- all documentation for DLA/PIP
- all documentation for housing benefit and council tax benefit
- any other household income you may be in receipt of.
- current Council Tax bill 2020-21
- Bereaved Parents Allowance
Failure to submit all the necessary evidence will result in your application being delayed.
When do I send it?
We accept bursary applications throughout the academic year, we understand that households can experience a change in circumstances at any time.
All complete applications received by Monday 17th August 2020 are guaranteed payment at the start of the September term.
Applications received during September may not be acknowledged due to the pressures of enrolment.
Payments will commence from the date the complete application with all documentation is received. Where possible we will request outstanding documentation once by e-mail or letter. No further action will be taken until all outstanding documents are received.
I got a bursary last year, do I need to re-apply?
Yes. Please complete the online application form.
I am studying part-time. Can I apply?
Yes you can apply, colleges can consider applications from part-time students.
How will my bursary be paid?
You, the student, must have a bank account in your own name. Payments can only be made to your bank account and will be paid by BACS.
In exceptional circumstances a cash payment may be made. College may also make payments in kind which means instead of receiving money you could get a transport pass, meals or equipment for your course. Or you might receive part of your bursary in kind and part in money.
Payments will not be made until college has seen and verified the appropriate evidence that the student is eligible to receive a bursary award.
Payments are made a week in arrears for 100% attendance and permitted authorised absences. Payments are authorised every Wednesday and the award should be in the student’s bank account on Friday morning. All queries regarding payments should be made in the first instance to Student Information Services on 0161 419 3624 or by email to Diane Bailey [email protected] or Julie Hern [email protected]
Can college tell me what to spend my bursary on?
Yes, your bursary is to help pay for things you really need to stay on at college. We can insist that your bursary is spent on travel costs, meals during the day or equipment for your courses. In certain circumstances the money awarded can be recovered from the student if it has not been used for the reasons it was awarded.
All students living in the Greater Manchester area must apply for an Our Pass and include an image of their Our Pass and their Our Pass number with their application.
We hope to be able to refund the cost of the Our Pass to students during the academic year. Please follow the link for information about Our Pass https://ourpass.co.uk
Can I have help with the cost of trips or equipment?
Depending on the number of successful applications and monies available we would like to be able to help students with some of the cost of essential college trips and equipment necessary for your course. If there is sufficient funding we may be able to help towards the cost of exams, UCAS applications, university visits.
Can college stop my bursary payments?
Yes. You will be asked to sign a bursary contract which can be found in the application form. The contract states the conditions under which your bursary will be paid. Typically these conditions include attendance, lateness, behaviour, medical appointments and sickness.
Payments will cease where a student has been absent for 4 weeks or more.
If I can’t attend college because of illness, medical appointments or authorised absences will I still receive my bursary?
When you sign your contract it will give you details of the amount of authorised absences we will allow you in any half term period before your payments will be withheld.
A parent or carer will need to phone Student Information on 0161 419 3624 every day you are absent due to illness to authorise your sickness, or medical appointments.
Holidays are not authorised absences.
The bursary guidelines may be subject to revision during the current COVID19 pandemic