Bursary 18-24

If you are aged 18-24, your award will be based on your parent or guardian’s household income.

This will be assessed on Gross Income earned in the previous tax year (2020-2021 06/04/2020 – 05/04/2021).

If you have any brothers/sisters and they are in full time education we take this in to consideration when assessing your award.

The maximum you will be awarded is:

Staying at Parental Home            

£85.90 per week

Away from Parental Home

£108.55 per week

 

Basic Evidence required

We may ask for additional Evidence depending on your circumstances.

 

18-24

ID – Birth Certificate, Passport, Driving licence, My fife card, NHS medical card.

Proof of your address – Official letter addressed to student cannot be from Fife college

Tax Credit Award – For year 2021/2022 please make sure to send all pages.

P60 Covering April 2020 – March 2021  for parents

Council Tax Notification  2021 if parent is single person

Benefit Letter/screen shot of at least 6 Months Universal Credit award showing Name, Address and all elements awarded (this includes deductions)

ID of sisters or/and brothers – Birth certificate, Passport, Driving licence, NHS medical Card or my Fife card

Child benefit award Letter – all pages

 

If you think you may be eligible for a self-supporting Bursary, please click [here]

Hyperlink to Self-supporting Bursary page.

If you are aged 18 years old or over on the 30th of August 2021, the travel award is subject to an assessment of household income.

The travelling expenses are calculated on the cheapest form of public transport available.

Travel is only paid for the time that you are travelling to college and depending on updated guidance from the government we might need to adjust your travel award during the academic year.

You can find more information on travel here.

Self-Supporting Bursary

If you are not yet 25 years old, your parent or guardian’s income will not be taken into consideration and you will be awarded independently, only if one of the following applies:

  • You have no living parents
  • You are officially estranged from your parents
  • You are caring for a child dependent on you
  • You have supported yourself financially for periods totaling a minimum of three full years before the start of the course and have earned more than £4,000 per year

Basic Evidence required

We may ask for additional Evidence depending on your circumstances.

18-24 Self Supporting

ID – Birth Certificate, Passport, Driving licence, My fife card, NHS medical card.

Proof of your address – Official letter addressed to student cannot be from Fife college

3 years proof of self-supporting – P60s showing earning of over 4 thousand per year and/or Benefit claim in your own name.

Tax Credit Award – For year 2021/2022 please make sure to send all pages.

P60 Covering April 2020 – March 2021  for partner

Council Tax Notification 2021  -  If single person

Benefit Letter/screen shot of at least 6 Months Universal Credit award showing Name, Address and all elements awarded (this includes deductions)

ID of Dependent Children – Birth certificates, Passport, Driving licence, NHS medical Card or my Fife card

Child benefits Award letter

 

Please note that periods where you have been in full-time education cannot be taken into account towards self-supporting status.

If you are aged 18 years old or over on the 30th of August 2021, the travel award is subject to an assessment of household income.

The travelling expenses are calculated on the cheapest form of public transport available.

Travel is only paid for the time that you are travelling to college and depending on updated guidance from the government we might need to adjust your travel award during the academic year.

Bursary 25 or Over

If you have a partner/spouse your award will be assessed on their Gross Income earned in the previous tax year 2020-2021 (06/04/2020 – 05/04/2021).

Any award is based on your personal circumstances including any children dependent on you and any unearned income you receive.

Basic Evidence Required

We may ask for additional Evidence depending on your circumstances.

25+

ID – Birth Certificate, Passport, Driving licence, My fife card, NHS medical card.

Proof of your address – Official letter addressed to student cannot be from Fife College

Tax Credit Award – For year 2021/2022 please make sure to send all pages.

P60 Covering April 2020 – March 2021  for partner

Council Tax Notification 2021  -  If single person

Benefit Letter/screen shot of at least 6 Months Universal Credit award showing Name, Address and all elements awarded (this includes deductions)

ID of Dependent children – Birth certificates, Passport, Driving licence, NHS medical Card or my Fife card

If you are aged 18 years old or over on the 30th of August 2021, the travel award is subject to an assessment of household income.

The travelling expenses are calculated on the cheapest form of public transport available.

Travel is only paid for the time that you are travelling to college and depending on updated guidance from the government we might need to adjust your travel award during the academic year.

Bursary FAQs

Listed below are the main forms of documentation you will be asked to provide. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and other documents may be requested. Please see our Student Funding Application Form for more details.

Parentally Supported

18-24

  • ID
  • Proof of your address e.g. bank statement
  • Tax Credit Award
  • P60 for parents
  • Council Tax Notification if parent is single person
  • Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

 

25 and over or Self-Supported

19-24 Self Supporting

  • ID
  • Proof of your address e.g. council tax notification or bank statement
  • Tax Credit Award
  • 3 years P60
  • Earn £4,000
  • Council Tax Notification if you have own tenancy or to prove partnership
  • Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

25+

  • ID
  • Proof of your address eg council tax notification or bank statement
  • Tax Credit Award
  • P60 for partner
  • Council Tax Notification if you are a single person
  • Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award
  • You will need to provide documentary evidence that you have supported yourself through full-time employment or benefits claims for any three full tax years since leaving school. E.g. P60s, letter from HMRC, statement of earnings
  • If you have full-time responsibility of a child you will automatically be deemed to be independent of your parents
  • If you are under 25 and married you will automatically be considered independent of your parents
  • If you have been married and are now separated or divorced then you are not classed as self-supporting unless you have a child that is dependent on you or that you can prove three years self-support individually

A letter from an agency who has been involved in your care e.g. Letter from Social Work or a letter from The Department of Work and Pensions/HMRC confirming you were in receipt of Income Support when under the age of 19.​

If you were under 18 you will be funded. If you were over 18 individual circumstances will be considered. Please submit a letter along with any supporting evidence e.g. letter from GP with your application.​

The income of £1,000 would be treated as unearned income*. Any unearned income over £20.52 per week would be taken into account and would reduce the bursary on a pound for pound basis so there could be a significant impact on any bursary award made. We would require bank statement evidence of amount received.

*Unearned income is Trust Income, Pension Income, Bank/Building Society Interest, Dividends, Income from property, Working Tax Credit, Bereavement Allowance, Carer Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Maternity Allowance, SSP, Widowed Parents Allowance and War widow’s Pension/War Pension.​

Full-time students do not qualify for Job Seekers; you must tell the job centre that you are now a full-time student when you start on your course.

Students who are eligible to claim Department for Work and Pensions benefits and are NOT required to register as being available for work while attending a full-time course, will not qualify for a maintenance allowance, but may be considered for an allowance towards the cost of travel.

Housing Benefit is not normally available to students who are on a full-time course, however full-time students who have children, students on certain benefits and students who are single and under the age of 21 may be eligible for Universal Credit.​ 

Most full-time students are eligible for Council Tax exemption as long as your course is for 24 weeks or more. Please follow this link to apply for an exemption.

Yes, please provide a written statement detailing the changes and provide supporting evidence of the changes. Please note, it is important that you let us know as soon as your circumstances change.​

Your salary will not affect your bursary but any unearned income* could. Any unearned income over £20.52 per week would be taken into account and would reduce the bursary on a pound for pound basis so there could be a significant impact on any bursary award made.

*Unearned income is Trust Income, Pension Income, Bank/Building Society Interest, Dividends, Income from property, Working Tax Credit, Bereavement Allowance, Carer Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Maternity Allowance, SSP, Widowed Parents Allowance and War widow’s Pension/War Pension.​

Yes, all students must complete a Student Funding Application Form regardless of benefit entitlement. Certain benefits may affect your Bursary/EMA award but it is recommended that you do still apply otherwise you may miss out on assistance you might be eligible for. This application form will also cover your course fees. Please check with the Department of Work and Pensions that coming to college on a full-time course will not affect your benefit claim.​

Proving that you have other siblings can make a difference to your award so it is in your best interest to hand in photocopies of birth certificates as it could mean that you get more money every payment.

We would suggest that you come in to see us as we can help support you throughout your time at college as well. You can make a guidance appointment, who will be able to advise based on your individual circumstances. You may be eligible to claim Universal Credit while you are at college depending on your age and circumstances.​

Travel expenses come out of the Bursary account so this is why it is referred to as Bursary so yes, it is right.​

If you are unable to provide evidence of your household income the College will not be able to assess you for an award. You should contact a member of the Student Funding Team by emailing studentfunding@fife.ac.uk or calling 0344 248 0115 who will be able to advise you based on your circumstances.​

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Bursary Case Studies

  • You would be eligible for a Bursary
  • You will be eligible for help with travel expenses which are based on the bus routes available in your area
  • You will only be eligible to get your fees paid as your parents’ income is above the threshold for Bursary
  • You will be eligible for the full bursary as your parents’ income is not above the threshold of £24,275
  • You will be eligible for a bursary but there will be a parental contribution taken off
  • The threshold for parental income is £24,275
  • There is a parental contribution
  • You will be eligible for a bursary but there will be a parental contribution taken off
  • The threshold for parental income is £24,275
  • There is a parental contribution
  • ​You will be eligible for the full self-supporting bursary
  • You may also get travel expenses if you stay out with a two mile radius of the campus you will be studying at
  • You will be eligible for a bursary but there will be a partner contribution taken off
  • There is a threshold for partner income
  • There is a partner contribution
  • You may also get travel expenses if you stay out with a two mile radius of the campus you will be studying at
  • You will be eligible for a bursary but there will be a deduction because of your Working Tax Credit
  • We disregard the first £20.52 per week of your Working Tax Credit as this is unearned income then the remainder is taken off on a pound for pound basis
  • You may also get travel expenses if you stay out with a two mile radius of the campus you will be studying at
  • You will be eligible for your fees to be paid if you are progressing from your last year’s studies
  • You will be eligible for your fees to be paid if you are progressing from your last year’s studies
  • You will be eligible for the full self-supporting bursary
  • You may also get travel expenses if you stay out with a two mile radius of the campus you will be studying at