Funding information for Further Education applicants

16 to 18 Bursary for vulnerable students

This scheme, is designed to support students aged 16 to 18 in certain vulnerable groups. You may be eligible to receive the bursary of up to £1,200, paid at a rate of £40 per week, subject to attendance and behaviour conditions, if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • The student is in receipt of Income Support
  • The student is in Care of the Local Authority, or is a care leaver
  • The student is receiving Disability living Allowance and employment support allowance

If you meet one of these criteria and will be attending a Further Education course at Leeds Arts University please contact Student Welfare as soon as possible after you have accepted your offer of a place on 0113 202 8111.

Free Meals Scheme

Students aged 16-18 on the 1st September, who meet certain income criteria, will be entitled to help towards the cost of meals from the University’s café bar. In order to qualify, the household must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Universal Credit

If you believe you meet the criteria for free school meals and are attending a Further Education course please contact Student Welfare as soon as possible on 0113 202 8111.

Discretionary Learner Support Funds

These are limited funds to assist Further Education students with specific costs related to studying, for those who are not eligible for the 16-19 Bursary subject to attendance and behaviour. If you are from a lower income household, you may be able to apply for help with the cost of essential books, travel, equipment, emergencies and interview trips.

To apply for these funds you will need to read the guidance notes and complete the application form located on eStudio. Then return with relevant evidence stated in the guidance notes with the form to the address given on the form. Please be aware no funds will be released before enrolment has been confirmed in September.

Childcare for student with children

If you are under 20 and have a child to care for, you may be eligible for help with the cost of childcare whilst you study, from the ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. This will pay up to £160 per week towards the cost of a registered child-minder, nursery or crèche. Visit for further information, or phone 0800 121 8989.

Benefits and Further Education students

Generally speaking, a single person with dependants will not be able to claim work related benefits whilst studying on a full time Further Education course, (BTEC Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma courses are classed as full time for benefits purposes).  The majority of students on these courses are expected to be aged 16-19, and dependants of their parents.  The parents can claim Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for young people still in full time education up to the end of the academic year in which they reach 19. Please note that there are no funds available from the University to provide support for on-going living costs.

Help with travel costs

Follow the link to Metro travel passes covering half fare passes, 16-18 photo card and under 19 tickets: