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


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. Many of our courses are free, particularly for 16-18 year-olds.

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

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

01235 216 400 | enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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 or a face-to-face visit as the first step.

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:
    • earning either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage per week or £330 per month 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, Level 4, or degree-level – 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 an HNC/HND, foundation degree, or HNC 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.

To find out more about bursary and funding support, we have the following documents to help:

Student Bursaries and Funding Information Sheet

Student Financial Support Policy 2019-20

Free Meals

Are you at a disadvantage when it comes 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.

Childcare

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 Details (for student aged 19 and over)

Childcare Terms and Conditions (for student aged 19 and over)

Completed childcare forms should be sent to Student Services at the following Freepost address:
Student Finance Panel,
Abingdon & Witney College,
Freepost OF1653,
ABINGDON, OX14 1BR

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

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

01235 216 342 | studentbursaries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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

abingdonwitney.paymystudent.com/portal

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 | enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

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