Don’t let finances be the one thing that stops you from joining us.

Financial support applications for this academic year (22/23) are open. Please be advised if you require assistance or have a question regarding financial support contact the team:


Tel: 01235 216400

We want to remove all barriers to learning where possible - no one should feel like they are unable to make positive steps into education that could change their life.

If you’re worried about the cost of your course or how you will support yourself during your studies, there are lots of options we can explore to support you. And don't forget, many of our courses are free, particularly for 16-18 year-olds.

Whether it’s funding options, advanced learner loans, instalment plans, bursaries or advice, our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions team can give you the best advice based on your personal circumstances.

01235 216400 |

Simply click or tap one of the study areas below to find more information. You can also get in touch with the Student Engagement Team directly if you have any questions:

01235 216212 |

If you are aged between 16-18 on 31st August at the start of the academic year, in the majority of cases tuition and exam fees are free.

Sometimes financial support is needed in other areas of college life, such as uniform, equipment or travel. Help may be available through the bursary scheme for additional course costs – if this applies to you, the best thing to do is discuss this directly with our Admissions team before the start of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over and studying one of our many leisure courses, you will pay a main course fee and in some but not all cases, there are additional exam and/or materials fees too. Always check the fee breakdown on the relevant course page.

If you need financial support to help you study a part-time course, funding can sometimes be complicated, so we always encourage a call to our Admissions Department on: 01235 216400

A fee reduction is possible on some of our courses and may be available if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
Unemployed and in receipt of:

  • JSA
  • ESA (WRAG)
  • Universal Credit (if in one of the groups determined by JobCentre Plus; all Work-Related Requirements Group, Work-Preparation Group, or Work-Focused Interview Group)
  • Unemployed and in receipt of other state benefit and:
    • you wish to be employed and;
    • this course is relevant to your employment prospects and the local labour market and;
    • you are available to start work and you are looking for work.
  • Employed and in receipt of other state benefit and:
    • earning either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage per week or £330 per month and;
    • the course you want to study will help you progress into more sustainable employment.

GCSE retake

In most circumstances you will be entitled to a full fee reduction on an English or maths course if you do not already have a GCSE (or equivalent) at grade A*/9 to C/4 and want to retake them. For any further information or for a discussion about your circumstances, contact Admissions or come in and see us.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for some courses at Level 3 and Level 4 – click or tap here to find out more, where you can also find information about repayments.

Learners on a Access to Higher Education course, who then progress to complete a degree-level course, will have their Advanced Learner loan written off. You can read more about this on the UCAS website.

If you are planning to study for at Undergraduate level (HNC, Foundation Degree, BSc or BA Honours degrees), please see the Government's Student Finance page for further information.

Professional Career and Development Loans are an alternative method of funding some professional part-time courses, if your employer is not funding your studies. You can find out more about this type of loan on the Government's website.

Looking to take on an apprenticeship? You'll be glad to hear they are free, with no costs to the apprentice! Some employers may have to pay a small fee.

Visit our Apprentice page for more information, or get started by browsing our latest apprenticeship vacancies.

Instalment payment plans are available for fees of £300 or more.

If you would like to discuss an instalment plan, please contact, stating your name, student ID number and course name.

Please click here to see our Tuition Fee Policy for further information.

To find out more about bursary and funding support, please click the link below:

Student Financial Support Guidance


Please note that when assessing eligibility for a bursary, we look at the household income of the student.

Income includes money from Universal Credit and other UK State Benefits except income-based Job Seekers Allowance or tax-free benefits. Tax-free benefits include:

  • Child Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • the foreign equivalents of UK tax-free benefits
  • Income Support
  • Income-related ESA

Free Meals

Are you at a disadvantage when it comes to funding meals? The College offers free meals to eligible students aged 16-18. If you think you might be eligible, please complete the online bursary application form in the How to Apply tab below.


If you are applying for financial support for childcare, in addition to the online bursary application form, you will need to complete the Childcare Provider Details and Childcare Terms and Conditions forms below:

Childcare Provider Form 22 23

Childcare Terms and Conditions 22 23

Completed childcare forms should be sent to Student Engagement at the following Freepost address:
Student Finance Panel,
Abingdon & Witney College,
Freepost OF1653,

You can also bring your completed forms to the Abingdon or Witney campus in person.

*If you are under the age of 20 and require help with childcare costs, please ask us about the Care to Learn scheme.

Any questions? Contact our friendly Student Engagement team today by dropping by in person or contacting us:

01235 216 212 |

To apply for financial or bursary support, please click on the link below and complete the online bursary application form:

Additional information

Before you are accepted onto a course, you will need to meet a number of conditions relating to your entitlement to funding e.g. your age, residency status within the UK/EEA and prior qualification level. This can be discussed at the point of applying for a course if you have any worries or questions.

If your course fees are being paid by your employer or another organisation then this needs to be in place when you enrol and evidence must be provided, e.g. a letter from employer with invoicing details.

Our Admissions team are here to help: 01235 216 400 |