Funding for 16-18 years

All full time courses are free for students who are under the age of 19 on the 31st August of the year that their chosen full time course starts. These students won’t be expected to pay any tuition, examination or registrations costs. However, various sources of funding are available to support the additional costs associated with education, for example, transport, meals and residential accommodation. These funds are all accessed through the 16 – 19 bursary fund detailed below.  


Further Education students under the age of 19 on the 31st August of the year that their chosen full time course starts can get access to financial support for essential course related costs. The funding is available to students from low income families; essentially families whose annual household income is £28,000 or less. 

The current financial support package for 2019-20 is covered in the table and sections below. The table shows the maximum funding available. Information for September 2020 will become available during the summer.

Award Category

Income is <£21,000

Income is =£21,000 - £28,000

In receipt of certain Benefits

Residential Accommodation








College Transport


£390 (1st & 3rdRD term)


Course Clothing Requirement 




Guaranteed Bursary

Up to £1,200 per year for defined vulnerable learners (see below)

Childcare (ages 16-19)

Apply to Care 2 Learn (See for eligibility and contacts).

a.     Residential Bursaries

Support with the costs of residential accommodation is available. Find out more about our under 18’s residential accommodation.

b.     Free College Meals

We are able to offer free College meals at lunchtime to students in receipt (either themselves or their parent/guardian) of one of the benefits below:

·         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

·         Universal Credit (during the initial roll out of the benefit)

Students in this age range living in residential accommodation on site will receive breakfast and dinner as part of their accommodation package. 

c.     College Transport

Moulton College runs an extensive, subsidised transport network which brings around 1,500 students to College every day from Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties. 

Learn more about our Transport Network

d.     Clothing Store Credit

Students from families with household incomes of less than £21,000 per annum may be entitled to funding to support the purchase of the clothing and equipment which is necessary for their course from the College store. 

For information regarding clothing requirements for each course click here:

e.      The Guaranteed Bursary

If you are aged 16-18 and meet the categories below you are entitled to an automatic £1,200 Bursary:

  •          A young person in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  •          A young care leaver
  •          A young person getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right
  •          A young person getting either Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right.

Application process for the 16-19 bursary fund: 

You will be sent an application form with your course joining instructions and should complete and return it at that stage. You should complete and return the form you have accepted your offer from the College. 

f.    Childcare

Support with childcare costs is available through Care 2 Learn. More information can be found at


Two independent charitable trusts - Thomas Harrison Trust and Sir Thomas White Charity - provide support to allow students experiencing financial difficulties to attend College. Trustees are willing to consider applications from any student undertaking a full-time FE course here at Moulton and awards will cover the costs of transport, store credit and campus contribution. 

Applications which should be sent to Moulton College in the first instance can be made by completing the form below and including a covering letter explaining your current circumstances addressed to the appropriate trust.

Application process for trust bursaries: 

You will be sent an application form with your course joining instructions and should complete and return it at that stage

For full details of financial support for 2018-19 (Further Education) click here.