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We regret that foundation and access to HE students are unable to apply for maintenance loans from Student Finance to assist with living expenses, as these loans are available to undergraduate students only.
We strongly advise prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and food while undertaking their course, and have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.
Students may find the student budget planner produced by Save the Student a useful tool to help figure out a realistic budget. You will also find lots of tips on budgeting on their website.
Students 19 and over should also ensure they have the means available to pay tuition fees. The easiest way to do this will be to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company, who will be offering support with fee costs only. See below for further information.
With regards to living expenses, there may be some support available however, this will be discretionary and designed to assist with food, travel and/or course equipment.
Please see below our range of bursaries for 2023-24. The online application forms will go live at the start of September 2023.
The 16 to 19 bursary fund provides financial support to help students stay in further education. This funding is provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and therefore, strict eligibility criteria apply.
There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries available:
Termly discretionary payments will be available to those with the most challenging financial circumstances. In most cases, these will be payments in kind such as food vouchers, oyster cards and/or course equipment.
To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, you must:
To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must meet the above criteria and be:
How to apply
Students should complete the online application form and provide the Student Services Team with supporting evidence as follows:
For the vulnerable bursary:
Please be advised that students who meet the criteria for bursaries for vulnerable groups are not automatically entitled to a bursary if they do not have financial needs and/or their financial needs are covered from other sources.
For the discretionary bursary:
One of the following as proof of household income:
Students should also supply:
All supporting evidence should be emailed to [email protected]
Application deadline is 30 April 2024.
Free meals are targeted at the most disadvantaged students, meaning those in receipt of, or having parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
You do not need to apply separately for free meals, as we will assess you when we receive your application for the 16-19 bursary based on the household income evidence provided.
This funded is provided by the ESFA.
Ravensbourne is committed to providing assistance to our students in financial hardship. The student services support award is given to students who face an unexpected crisis that may jeopardise their ability to continue with study.
This bursary is usually awarded as a payment in kind towards the costs of food, travel and/or course equipment. Depending on circumstances, a cash payment may be given.
Students will need to complete the online application form and provide copies of the following evidence to support your application:
Depending on circumstances, students may be required to meet with the finance support coordinator to discuss additional forms of support and money management.
Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England, may be eligible for support from the advanced learner loan bursary fund. The money can help pay for things like:
This funding is provided by the ESFA and therefore, strict eligibility criteria apply.
Students must be in receipt of an advanced learner loan and have a household income of £35,000 or less.
Students can apply for an advanced learner loan bursary by completing the on-line application form and provide the student services team with:
And one of the following as proof of your family's household income:
Students applying for childcare support should download the childcare provider form which needs to be completed by the childcare provider.
Students who are 19 or over and studying a Foundation Level 3 qualification at Ravensbourne, can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of their tuition fee.
To be eligible for one of these loans you must:
Please visit the Student Loan Company website for details of how to apply.
Please note the Learner will need their Learning and Funding Information Letter (LAFIL) to make the application.
Please contact [email protected] if you have not received this.
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Visit their website for more information on how they can help you.
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