Scholarships and financial support for ages 16 – 18

Being aged between 16–18, you will not need to pay for your education, and Blackburn College will provide you with as much financial support as they can to support you through your studies.

£30 per term travel

Here at Blackburn College, we are aware that some of the biggest factors that influence your chosen place of study are the location, cost and how easy it is to get there. Choose to study with us and you can access a £30 per term travel pass to get you to and from Blackburn College. The added bonus is that there is no limit to the number of times you can use the travel pass. That means you can access free bus travel in the evenings and at weekends.

Find out more about the travel pass

Train Pass

If you live in Lostock Hall, Bamber Bridge or Clitheroe you will now be able to access a train pass for £125 per term. This saving offers peace of mind that you’re not going to have to spend more than is absolutely necessary getting to and from our state-of-the-art campus.

FREE essential kit & uniform

Depending on your course, you may need to purchase kit and uniform so that you can take part in classroom activities, such as overalls for a Motor Vehicle course, or tools for hair & beauty students. These essentials are paid for by Blackburn College. All we ask for is that look after them!

NOTE:

  • You may be able to upgrade your kit and uniform if you wish.
  • You’ll choose your free kit and uniforms at enrolment but won’t receive them until you actually start your course.
  • Excludes Apprentices
Meal Deals

If you are a full-time 16-18 year old student (excluding apprentices) at Blackburn College you will be eligible for a free breakfast and a subsidised lunch.

Free Breakfasts

Free breakfasts are available in Courtyard Café and the Beacon Centre Deli bar. You’ll be entitled to toast or a bowl of porridge as well as a glass of orange or fruit juice. Breakfast is served daily between 8:15 and 8:45am. You will need your student ID card to collect your free breakfast.

Subsidised Lunch

Subsidised lunches are available in Courtyard Café and the Beacon Centre Deli bar. You will only have to pay £1 for your lunch and will be able to choose from:

  • A choice of pasta dishes
  • A Jacket potato (with either cheese, beans, coleslaw or salad)
  • A range of sandwiches

You can collect your subsidised lunch at any time once you have your student ID card.

FREE Lunch

If you are aged 16-18 (or aged between 19 & 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education Health & Care (EHC) Plan) then you may qualify for a Free College Meal.

To be eligible for Free College Meals then you must satisfy the criteria below.

Students or parents of a student must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part IV 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
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

What will I get?

For every day you are on timetable and attend College you will be credited with £2.41 to spend at certain College refectories. This can be redeemed against a selection of healthy meals and drinks choices but will not include snacks and chocolate.

How do I apply?

Once you have enrolled at Blackburn College you will be able to apply for Financial Support. Visit the Student Finance Team at The Hub in the Beacon Centre and they will support you with our online application for Financial Support. You do not need to apply for the £30 Travel Pass. This is arranged at enrolment.

Support Allowance

The Blackburn College Support Allowance can help you with a range of costs which are associated with studying.

If you meet the eligibility criteria dependent on your household income you will receive a payment to help towards the costs of studying which will include, meals, printing and stationary.

Eligibility Criteria

The support allowance is available to any 16-18 year-old full-time Sixth Form or Vocational students, starting from September 2016. You must:

  • Be at least 16 but under 19 years of age on 31 August 2016
  • Dependant on household income and benefits. Please call for more information.
  • Have been resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for the last 3 years

All funds are dependent on attendance and progress on your course and all funds are limited, so please apply early to ensure you receive this grant.

Independent students or care leavers may also be eligible for additional financial support. Please contact The Hub on 01254 292929 for more details.

£1,000 scholarships
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Blackburn College offer a range of scholarships to new students. We know that times may be hard for your parents, and that 16-18 year olds need money whilst studying full time, so we want to help motivate you to work hard and show dedication to your success, by offering a £1,000 scholarship.

Academic Scholarship

This is a scholarship for new students who have gained or are expecting to achieve a minimum of 3A*s and 3 As in their GCSEs. The academic scholarship is designed to support you and provide financial assistance towards the costs of fulfilling your academic potential without the added pressure of having to take on paid work. When you receive your GCSE results you will be invited in for an interview after enrolment.

You will be asked to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Healthcare Scholarship

The Healthcare Scholarship is for new students who can demonstrate their aptitude to work in the health and social care profession. You must have an excellent school record and some relevant experience either through; paid employment, volunteering or through caring for a family member. You must show impressive self-motivation along with unquestionable support and empathy towards others in order to receive this scholarship.                                        

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Sporting Excellence Scholarship

The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is for new students who are dedicated to a sport and representing the district or even the nation at that sport. You will also need to have an excellent school report. The scholarship is designed to support new students and provide financial assistance towards the costs of fulfilling your sporting potential. You may use the money for transport to practice sessions or competitions, buy quality equipment and/or pay for a specialist coach.

You will be required to actively promote the College and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Creative Arts Scholarship

The Creative Arts Scholarship can relate to high achievement in any field of artistic endeavour; fine art, media, photography, design or music. You will also need to have an excellent school report. The scholarship is designed to support students and provide financial assistance towards the costs of transport to practice sessions, buying quality equipment or uniform and/or hiring venues.

You will be required to actively promote the College and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

STEM Scholarship

This scholarship is for new students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. You will need to demonstrate a real passion for your subject with a desire to succeed in your career. You will also need to have an excellent school report, be highly motivated and ideally taken part in some form of related project or activity demonstrating your commitment to your subject. 

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

How to apply for a scholarship

Download a scholarship application form

You do not have to complete an application form for the Academic Scholarship as this is based on your GCSE grades only. You will though need to attend an interview which will form the selection criteria.

For further information or an update on your application please contact the School Partnership Team on SL@blackburn.ac.uk  or 01254 292542

Please Note: Terms and conditions apply.                  

All Scholarships at Blackburn College are limited, available to new students only and are assessed on an individual basis against set criteria.

Students will be required to attend an interview and if successful a contract of agreement will be formed.

If students leave the College against the advice of a member of College staff, have poor grades or attendance they will be expected to return the scholarship payment.

The £1,000 Scholarship Payment will be paid in two installments of £250 in Jan and May for each year of the Study Programme undertaken.

On receipt of your application form and supporting documents, we will issue an acknowledgement letter. If you have not received a letter from the College, within 28 working days of submitting your completed form, please contact us.

Financial Policy for Further Education students 2016 - 2017
Financial Policy for Further Education students 2016 - 2017