Financial support is available for our learners please contact Student Services for advice on the following:

  • Bursaries (support with essential course costs)
  • Travel
  • Free College Meals
  • Childcare Funding

Bursary funding provides financial support to help learners overcome barriers that may stop them being able to participate in education.

At the Isle of Wight College we offer 2 College Bursaries:

Age 16+ Bursary

Vulnerable Bursary

A yearly bursary of up to £1,200 is available to students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018. To apply you will need to provide evidence from the defined vulnerable groups – see 16+ Bursary form for more information.

Discretionary Bursary – Group 1

Students with a household income of less than £25,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Young Carers payment
  • Kit, uniform, stationery and books
  • Central Administration and Material fees
  • Membership fees
  • Replacement student cards and printing credit
  • Help towards the cost of applying to University
  • Trips
  • Other education related costs on a case by case basis.

Discretionary Bursary – Group 2

Students with a household income of between £25,000 and £35,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Young Carers payment

Download 16+ Bursary Application Form

Advanced Learner Loans Bursary

Bursary help available:

Learners with an individual income of less than £20,000 may be eligible for help towards:

  • Travel
  • Age 20+ Childcare – please also complete a 20+ Childcare form
  • Additional Learning Support
  • Kit, uniform, stationery and books – predetermined list applies
  • Material fees
  • Membership fees – you may need to provide receipts
  • Replacement student cards and printing credit
  • Help towards the cost of applying to University
  • Trips – based on individual circumstances

Download Advanced Learner Bursary Application Form

For further information and enquiries please call 01983 550833.

In addition to other bursary help eligible students aged 16-18 and some students aged 19-24 (19+ Continuer or EHCP students only) may be able to receive Free College Meals (FCM) depending on the benefits received by the household:

  • 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 (HMRC))
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Your evidence for Free College Meals can also be used as bursary evidence.

You may be eligible through one of the IW College Bursaries for support towards the costs of travelling to and from college either through a free bus pass or a travel allowance paid in arrears.

Travel is awarded to bursary learners living at least 3 miles from College or their work placement. If you would like a free bursary bus pass then you will need to complete a  bus pass form and hand this in with your bursary.

Students with EHCPs should apply to the IW Council for travel help. Please contact the SEN Team on 01983 823470 or see Mike Joy at the College.

Support through the bursary is not available to students on an apprenticeship. If you already have support for your travel through an EHCP, the Isle of Wight Council, or through another source we cannot also support your travel.

If you do not qualify for a bursary, or help from the IW Council, there are other forms of transport help available:

If you are aged 16 years old, Southern Vectis will allow a 50% discount on bus fares. You must provide photo ID to confirm your age before any discounts can be applied.

If you are a student aged 17 or older Southern Vectis will allow a 25% discount on fares ONLY with an NUS, NUS Extra or NUS Extra Apprentice card.

Download Bus Pass Bursary Application Form

NUS (National Union of Students) Extra is a premium discount and membership card which is exclusively available to students through NUS and is packed with offers and vouchers to save you money.

If you wish to purchase the NUS Extra Card please go to

The College Student ID Cards can be used to gain discounts from a range of local shops and services.

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support. Please visit for more information.

Students aged between 16 to 19 years of age can access childcare support through the government funded Care to Learn scheme. Further details on Care to Learn funding and how to apply can be found at

Students aged 20+ can apply for childcare support through the College Bursaries – please ask for a 20+ Childcare application form and hand in as soon as possible with your bursary to secure funding.

Download 20+ Childcare Bursary Application Form

Starting college in 2018/19 then you will need to know about the below

In order to access funding from the Government, you must have been resident in the UK, EU or European Economic Area for the last 3 years.  If this is not the case, you may still be able to access funding but would need to discuss your circumstances with the college.

If you are taking a full-time course (540 hours or over per year), you will be charged a Central Material fee of £35 at the start of your course year.

Other than that, you will only need to purchase equipment for your course that you can take away with you at the end and depending on your circumstances there may be some financial help for this element of the material charge.

Please refer to our Tuition Fees page for further information.

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If you think your finances will prevent you from starting a course please phone Student Services on 01983 550833 or email

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