It is important to manage your finances – and make sure you access any help to which you are entitled – and university staff are here to give you all the support you need.
Whether it is advice on childcare, bursaries, scholarships or free meals, we have people who can help.
Discretionary Bursary Scheme
The DBS comprises of a weekly payment to students from low-income backgrounds to assist with travel costs. In order to qualify, the student must reside in the UK.
There are two main categories:
- Discretionary Bursary – for students aged between 16 and 18 (by September 1), whose gross household income is less than £20,817 per annum. Bursary payments of £20 per week will be made, subject to attendance checks and satisfactory behaviour criteria.
- Mandatory Bursary – for students aged 16-18 who are identified as vulnerable. This can include: children in care, care leavers, and those on income support. Such students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary of £1,200 per academic year. Bursary payments are made on a weekly basis, at a rate of £33.33.
How do I apply?You can fill out an application form which is available to download here. You may have also received the form in your enrolment pack. Completed application forms can be sent to:
University College Birmingham, Student Services, Summer Row, B3 1JP
When should I apply?You should apply as soon as you have received an unconditional offer to study. The sooner you apply, the earlier your support can be confirmed.
I am studying on a part-time course, can I still apply?Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications for students on part-time courses.
How will my bursary be paid?The bursary will be paid on a weekly basis, straight into a bank account in your name. You must open a bank account in order to receive payments.
I am studying for a higher education/degree qualification – can I apply for the bursary?No, DBS is for students who are studying at college/FE level only.
I received the bursary last year. Do I need to apply again this year?Yes. You need to apply each academic year and supply us with up-to-date evidence to support your application.
Travel Information Centro 16-18 Card – If you are 16 to 18 years old and in full-time education, you may be entitled to child fares or season tickets for travel on the bus, train and Metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard. It costs £10 for the whole academic year. For more information visit Network West Midlands