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Further Education: Funding

Ravensbourne bursaries 2020/21

Foundation 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 whilst undertaking their course, and have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.

Students may find the student budget planner a useful tool to help figure out a realistic budget.

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 for help with fee costs only. See below for further information.

With regards to living costs, there may be some support available however, this will be small and discretionary. It is designed to assist with food, travel and/or course equipment.

Please see below the bursaries available for 2019/20 intake. The bursary offer for 2020/21 intake is currently under review, please use the current offer as a guide.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund 2019/20

The 16 to 19 bursary fund provides financial support to help students stay in Further Education.

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries available:

  • bursaries for defined vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 a year 
  • discretionary bursaries to meet individual needs, for help with the cost of transport, meals and course equipment.

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:

  • Be an enrolled student on a full time Foundation course at Ravensbourne starting in September 2019.
  • Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status.
  • Have been 'ordinary resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain
  • Maintain at least 90% attendance.
  • Have a household income of £20,000 or less per year.
  • Be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2019 or
  • be aged 19 or over with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or
  • be aged 19 or over and continuing on a study programme which began when aged 16-18.

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must meet the above criteria and be:

  • in care
  • a care leaver
  • receiving income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner.
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right.

How to apply

Students should complete the on-line application form and provide the Student Services Team with supporting evidence as follows:

For the Vulnerable Bursary:

  • for students in Care or a care leaver; written confirmation of your current or previous looked-after status from the relevant local authority - this is the local authority that looks after you or provides your leaving care services. The evidence could be a letter or an email but must clearly from the local authority
  • for students in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, a copy of their Income Support or Universal Credit award notice. This must clearly state that the claim is in the student's name/confirm they are entitled to the benefits in their own right. The evidence must not state any conditions that prevent them from participating in further education or training. For students in receipt of Universal Credit, institutions must also see a tenancy agreement in the student's name, a child benefit receipt, children's birth certificates, utility bills etc.
  • for students receiving UC/ESA and Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, a copy of their UC claim from DWP (UC claimants should be able to print off details of their award from their online account). Evidence of receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, must also be provided
  • a completed student budget planner
  • copies of your last 3 month's bank statements

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:

  • a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions showing receipt of benefits
  • a P60 from the current tax year
  • a Tax Credit Award Notice
  • copies of online statements for Universal Credit
  • payslips or bank account statements from the past three months, demonstrating household income.

Students should also supply:

The application process opens in September 2019. All applications should be submitted by April 2020. 

Ravensbourne Free Meals 2019/20

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:

  • 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 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

How to apply

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.


Student Services Support Award 2019/20

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.


  • All Foundation, Pre Foundation & Access students who can demonstrate financial hardship.

How to apply

Students will need to complete the online application form and provide copies of the following evidence to support your application:

  • Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)
  • Bank statements for past 3 months
  • A completed Student Budget Planner
  • Evidence of any benefits received

Depending on circumstances, students may be required to meet with the Finance Support Coordinator to discuss additional forms of support and money management.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan may be entitled to a small discretionary bursary to help with living costs. Please be advised that because funds are limited, we will prioritise students with childcare costs.  We may be able to help with a small contribution towards the cost of transport or equipment.


Students must be in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan and have a household income of £20,000 or less.

How to apply

Students can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary by completing the online application form and provide the Student Services Team with the relevant supporting documentation:

  • a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions showing receipt of benefits
  • a P60
  • a Tax Credit Award Notice
  • evidence of your family’s annual income.

Please note that the online application will go live on 2 September 2019.

External sources of funding

Advanced Learner Loan

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:

  • Be aged 19 or over at the start of your course.
  • Be studying a Level 3 qualifiication at Ravensbourne.
  • Be living in the UK on the first day of your course.
  • Have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years immediately before starting your course.
  • Be a UK National or have settled status (this means there’s no restrictions on how long you can stay).

How to apply

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 admissions@rave.ac.uk if you have not received this.

Family Action

Family Action has been distributing grants to help people and families in need since they were founded in 1869.  They know that by giving a small grant when it’s needed the most, they can remove immediate financial barriers, thereby helping families to work through the bigger issues they’re facing.

Visit their website for more information on how they can help you.


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

Visit their website for more information on how they can help you.

The Stationers' Foundation Scholarship for Further Education 2020/21

The Stationers' Foundation has provided support to fund up to 5 FE scholarships for students on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design course in either Design and Media or Media Production.  Each successful scholar will receive £1,200 towards living and studying costs.



To be eligible, your studies at Ravensbourne University London must be after your A-Level (or equivalent) studies and you must be fully enrolled on the Foundation Diploma Art & Design in the 2020/21 academic year.


All FE students on the relevant Foundation Diploma pathways are able to apply; however, applications will be considered with preference in the following order:

i) Former students from Stationers’ Wood Crown Academy

ii) Former students from other Leigh Academy Trust schools

iii) Students from all other schools


How to apply

Applications will open in spring 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact development@rave.ac.uk.

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