Bursaries and Financial Support

Financial Support

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There are 3 types of financial support available at Orchard Hill College which help remove financial barriers to learning. These are:

1. 16 – 19 Vulnerable Bursary – Maximum of £1,200

2. Discretionary Bursary – To help with transport, meals, books and equipment

3. Free College Meals – Money for College Meals (£5 per day)


Free College Meals 

You may be able to access Free College Meals if you or your parents or carers are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £40,000)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
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To download our Financial Support Application Form for 2023/24, please click here.

For the Financial Support Guidance Document 2023/24, please click here.

For more information  please contact Student Services on enquiries@orchardhill.ac.uk or call 0345 402 045

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