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Financial Support

Financial Support for 16 – 18 year olds

Vulnerable Student Bursary

A Bursary of up £1,200 per year may be available for students between the age of 16-18 years old who are:

  • In receipt of universal credit or income support in their own right as they are financially supporting themselves
  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance or
  • Personal Independence Payments as well as Employment and Support Allowance or
    Universal Credit in their own right
  • In the care of the local authority
  • A care leaver

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

This bursary is available to help with a minimum of 50% of the cost of essential kit, equipment and uniform. Assistance from this fund is available to students with a household income of £33,000 (gross) per year or below.

Free College Meals

You may also be entitled to free College meals through a government scheme. Students will need to complete a Bursary application form and provide recent evidence of the qualifying benefit.

Care to Learn

Care to Learn is a government scheme offering childcare support for students who are 19 or under at the start of their course.


Evolve offers a Travel Bursary for students with a household income of £33,000 (gross) or less. If eligible, we will pay a maximum of £220 per term for the main journey. We ask that students use the cheapest form of public transport and make use of any travel passes. At the end of each term, students must download a travel claim form from Moodle and send the completed form to:

Once enrolled onto a course, Students can apply for financial support via

Please review your entitlements above and send any queries to