Money shouldn’t be a barrier to learning. We have schemes in place to support you with the cost of coming to college.

Guidelines for 16-18

There are two types of bursaries available to help students aged 16-18 to overcome specific barriers to participation so they remain in education:

The Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1200 - these are additional funds for students in the following defined groups:

  • In Care
  • Care Leaver
  • In receipt of Income Support
  • In receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

For eligible students with a combined household income of less than £25,000. The government gives the college limited funds to help those in most financial need with the cost of study. This can include travel costs, essential equipment, uniform, books and trips.


Students aged 19 or over may still receive and qualify for discretionary bursary. For more information please read guidelines.

Students under 18 and living in a London Borough can apply for a 16+ Zip Oyster photo card. This gives free bus and discounted travel on the tube, DLR and overground. Students aged 18 on 31 August 2017 who are still in full time education can also apply. Non-London residents may qualify to receive half rate adult fares. Application forms are only available online via the Transport for London website.

A student is eligible to receive a free college meal when they, or a parent/guardian are receipt of certain income based benefits.

If you’re under 20 years old and have children, Care to Learn can help you with childcare costs while you study. You could receive up to £175 per week for each child.

For further information contact Care to Learn helpline direct at 0800 121 8989.

Guidelines for 19+

Students aged 19 or over can apply for a means-tested grant.

The Discretionary Learner Support Fund assists students who have financial difficulties while studying at the college. The fund is aimed at students aged 19 or over, contributing towards course related expenses. These include course fees, essential equipment, uniform, trips, travel costs and childcare fees.

The Advance Learner Loan Bursary supports students on a level 3 course with an approved loan by the Student Loans Company. The bursary can help with childcare fees and travel costs.

Get in touch

Student Finance
Waltham Forest College
Forest Road,
London E17 4JB

Room 224

020 8501 8115
wst@waltham.ac.uk

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