If your Funding Award application is successful;

  • You will not receive your first payment until after you have attended your first class. Make sure you budget accordingly for the first couple of weeks of term
  • Bursary is paid fortnightly in arrears based on 100% attendance
  • Bursary is paid in October, Christmas, and Easter holidays but not over the summer holidays. Make yourself aware of what this means for you and budget accordingly
  • Applications received after six weeks from the start of the course will not be backdated – payments will start from the date we receive full documentation

 

At parental home

Away from parental home

Self-supporting

Parentally Supported 18-24

£78.17

£98.79

n/a

25 and over or Self-Supporting

n/a

n/a

£98.79

 

 

Further Information

  • If your award application is successful, the award will be paid 2 weekly in arrears for Travel and Bursary

Remember!

Please take time to fill your application form in carefully and return as soon as possible with all your supporting evidence. A handy 'How To' guide will be sent out with your application form and this will detail the evidence that you will need.

Please note that awards are only assessed from the date that we receive your full application and all supporting evidence.

If you are unsure about the evidence that you need to provide, have any issues getting the evidence, have not received your form or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on 0344 248 0115.

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If you are 18 years old on the start date of your course, you may be eligible for a Bursary.

Awards are subject to a financial assessment based on your personal circumstances. The assessment takes into consideration you unearned income and that of your parent/guardian or partner where appropriate.

Parentally Supported

Parent(s) income

Weekly payment with no other dependent children

Weekly payment with one other dependent child

Less than £24,275

£78.17

£78.17

£30,000

£61.57

£64.10

£35,000

£48.01

£55.00

£40,000

£34.46

£37.00

£45,000

£20.91

£23.45

£50,000

£7.36

£9.90

£55,000

Nil

Nil

 

If you are 25 years old or over on the official start date of the course, you are exempt from parental contribution.

If you are not yet 25 years old, your parents’/guardians’ 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

 

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

Partner(s) income

Weekly payment with no other dependent children

Weekly payment with one other dependent child

Less than £24,275

£98.79

£98.79

£30,000

£70.87

£74.59

£35,000

£57.32

£61.03

£40,000

£43.77

£47.48

£45,000

£30.22

£33.93

£50,000

£16.67

£20.38

£55,000

£3.12

£6.83

Travel

Travelling Expenses may be paid if you live outwith a two mile radius from the College campus you study at.

If you are 18 years old or over, this is subject to financial assessment.

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

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Remember

Please take time to fill your application form in carefully and return as soon as possible with all your supporting evidence.

A handy guide to filling in your form and the supporting evidence you need is included in your application form.

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If you are unsure about the evidence you need to provide, have any issues getting the evidence, have not received your form, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on 0344 248 0115.

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Useful links

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