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Higher Education Bursary

 Internal Progression Bursary: to support students progressing from any of the Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) Level 3 or Access courses to one of STCG’s full-time Higher Education programmes starting in September 2019. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

School Leaver Progression Bursary: to support students from non-selective state schools within the following boroughs:

  • The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames;
  • The London Borough of Wandsworth
  • The London Borough of Sutton
  • The London Borough of Merton
  • The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and
  • The Borough of Elmbridge

- wishing to progress onto one of South Thames Colleges Group's full-time Higher Education programmes starting in September 2019. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

Creative Industries Bursary: to support students joining on a full or part-time Higher Education course in creative subjects within the South Thames Colleges Group. For full-time students, this bursary is £2500, paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. For part-time students, this Bursary is £1250, paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary. 

Adult/Mature Learner Bursary: to support adult students (aged over 21 at the start of their course) entering either full or part-time South Thames Colleges Group higher education courses for the first time. This bursary will be £1,250, those receiving the bursary will have a choice to take this as a partial fee discount in first year or as cash. 

Care Leavers Bursary: to support students entering both full and part-time South Thames Colleges Group higher education courses for the first time. A bursary of £2,500 will be paid, half as a partial fee discount on first year fees and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

Am I eligible to apply for a Higher Education Bursary?

To be eligible for the Progression Bursary or the School Leaver Bursary you must:

  • Either be progressing from one of the South Thames Colleges Group Level 3 or Access course or from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Colleges, the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Colleges or Elmbridge Borough Council.
  • Hold a firm offer to study at one of South Thames Colleges Group's Higher Education full-time courses, starting in September 2019.
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously.
  • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification. By this we mean that neither parent holds a degree-level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September 2019) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver). 

 To be eligible for the Creative Industries Bursary you must:

  • Hold a firm offer to study a full-time or part-time course in a subject offered by the School of Creative Industries within the South Thames Colleges Group, starting in September 2019.
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously.
  • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification. By this we mean that neither parent holds a degree level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September 2019) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver).
  • This bursary is not available to South Thames Colleges Group progressing students.

 To be eligible for the Adult/Mature Learner Bursary you must:

  • Hold a firm offer to study on a part-time course in a subject offered by the School of Creative Industries within the South Thames Colleges Group, starting in September 2019.
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously.
  • Be a mature student - over 21 years of age on 1 September 2019.

 To be eligible for the Care Leavers Bursary you must:

  • Hold a firm offer to study at one of South Thames Colleges Group's full-time Higher Education courses starting in September 2019;
  • Have applied for the full amount of student finance available to you – the maintenance loan and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan only for EU students;
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England of £25,000 or less;
  • Have not studied at university level previously;
  • Be a Care Leaver.

 Please note that these are limited funds; students must meet ALL eligibility criteria, and submission of an application does not guarantee funding. 

 How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Progression Bursary?

  1. Download and complete the application form, which will shortly be available at the bottom of this page, answering all questions in full.
  2. Include in your personal statement why you’ve chosen your course, career aspirations and why STCG should invest in you.
  3. Provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria (photocopies only).
  4. Return your completed application along with the supporting evidence via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What Happens Next?

The closing date for applications is Monday 30 September 2019. Applications will be assessed and a decision will be made by Friday 11 October 2019. We will then write to let you know the results, and should you be successful, details of the award.

Can I appeal against the College’s decision?

You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the HE Admissions Team.

How will I be paid?

The information above details how the each of the bursaries will be paid. Where offered as a fee discount, the relevant bursary amount will be automatically taken off fees owed by the student to the college. Student Finance England will also be notified of the change in liability. Where offered as a cash bursary, the relevant bursary amount is paid directly into your nominated bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.

Download attachments: HE Bursary 2019-20 Application Form

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