Student finance

Learner Support Fund Bursaries
Free Meals
Care to learn
Further information and forms

Learner Support Fund Bursaries

Learner Support Fund (LSF) Bursaries are available to help students aged sixteen and over with the costs associated with further education. Discretionary bursaries are targeted at students who cannot stay in education without financial help for things like transport, meals, books and equipment. This is a non-repayable grant to provide financial support.

At NewVIc the bursaries are divided into the following categories:

1. Guaranteed Bursary

Students in the following groups may receive the maximum bursary of £1,200 a year:

  • Young person is in care (looked after by the local authority).
  • Young person is a care leaver (the local authority that looked after the young person will confirm this).
  • Young person (not their parents) is in receipt of income support or Universal Credit (evidenced by letter/document from the benefits office).
  • Young person (not their parents) is in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support Allowance.

To receive the maximum bursary your course must last for 30 weeks or more

2. Discretionary Bursary

Students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a bursary at our discretion providing they meet the criteria:

  • Attendance must be a minimum of 95%
  • Family household income must be below £22,000

We would require household income evidence to support your application. Please download the application form for further details on what documents are required.


Free Meals

Free Meals allows students to choose a healthy, free meal every day in college.


Students must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August to be eligible for a free meal in the academic year in question.

Students aged between 19 and 25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are also entitled to a free meal.

Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. For the purposes of eligibility for free meals, ‘disadvantage’ is defined by the students being 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 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Application process and appeals

Students would need to apply at the beginning of the year by completing the Financial Support application form which can be collected from Student Services. A letter would then be sent within 4 weeks via post to inform the learner of the outcome. Students can apply anytime during the year but are encouraged to apply at the beginning of the year so payments are not affected.

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis and decisions are reached based on the evidence provided. If you disagrees with the college’s assessment you can contact the Student Finance Advisor to discuss. If you still feel the decision made is incorrect you have a right to appeal. Please submit your appeal in writing to the Welfare and Guidance Manager within 5 working days of receiving the decision.



Students aged 16 to 18, living in a London borough and in full-time education can apply for a 16+ Zip card. This Oyster card gives free transport on buses and trams and discounted transport on tube and train. If they were aged 18, or under, before 31st August, enrolled on a full time course and live in a London Borough they can apply for a 16+ oyster online.

Students aged 19, or above, before 31st August, living in a London borough and in full-time education can apply for an 18+ Student Oyster Card, which gives a 30% discount on all forms of travel within London.

Students who live out of borough (OOT) or aged 19 or above may be eligible for some financial support with travel. They must complete an application for Additional hardship support with Travel.  

All applications are made online on the Transport for London website.


Care to learn

If a learner has a child, Care to learn can help pay for childcare cost while they are learning at college. (£175 per child per week if you live in London or £160 per child per week if you live outside London).

For a learner to be eligible they must:

  • Be a parent under 20 years old at the start of their course.
  • Must be the main carer for the child.
  • Either a British citizen or a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country.
  • Childcare provider must be registered.

Childcare payments will go directly to the childcare provider providing the childcare provider confirms the child’s attendance and the college confirms the learner’s attendance.

The learner would have to apply directly to Care to learn online.

Student services can help with completing the application. The learner would have to apply each year for support.


Further information and forms

To apply or for further information please download the documents below:

Student finance information pack
16-19 bursary fund information
16-19 financial support form
19+ financial support form