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Financial Support for Young People

At Bolton College, we offer a number of financial support services for students who are struggling financially, to help them cover the costs of coming to College.

Read on to find out more about the financial support we have available, from freebies to student bursaries.

For more information about any of our financial services, please contact Student Services at our Deane Road Campus by emailing or calling 01204 482 182.

To apply for Financial Support from the College, please use the application form here:


  • FREE Our Pass, giving you the freedom to travel around Greater Manchester, at anytime you wish. This is not supplied by the College and you should visit the Our Pass website to apply online. More information is available here (link to our pass webpage incentives for young people – our pass).
  • FREE breakfast daily to get you started for the day ahead
  • FREE equipment for Hairdressing students and Beauty students up to the value of £370
  • FREE CSCS card for construction students which is essential for working on  construction sites. 


College Perks & Discounts

Bolton College offers:

  • Free sports and recreational activities at lunchtimes and after College
  • Savings on food in our canteen, coffee shop and restaurant
  • Discounted rates at The Academy, our on-site hair & beauty salon
  • Subsidised trips and visits
  • Discounted membership fees for our on-site Fitness Suite


Additionally, If you’re 16 or over and on a study programme, you can sign up for a TOTUM Card at


TOTUM is the #1 student discount card and app giving you access to exclusive student discounts and deals in store and online at places like cinemas, shops, days out and eating out.


Financial Support is available for some 16-18 students coming to College. The EMA scheme is no longer operational in England.


There are two types of bursary:-

1. The Student Support Allowance which is available to young people aged 16-18 on 31st August who are:

  • A young person in care or care leaver; or
  • A young person receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in your own rightor
  • A young person with severe disabilities and in receipt of the Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and also receives either of Disabled Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

What will I get on this bursary?

  • Receive up to £33 per week during term-time paid into your bank account
  • The costs of essential equipment will be refunded to you
  • FREE lunch for each day you study in College

Payment is based on full attendance at College.


2. The Discretionary Bursary and Free College Meals funds are used to provide financial support to eligible students to help towards transport, essential equipment required for the course, and help with the costs of meals. These Funds are administered by the College, are means tested and you may qualify if you are aged 16-18, your attendance is over 90% and come from a home where the family household income is no more than £22,000 per year.


What will I get on this bursary?

  • The costs of essential equipment will be refunded to you.
  • You'll receive help with the cost of your travel if you travel more than 1 mile from your home to the College Campus.
  • If you live in Greater Manchester and travel to College by bus, we recommend that you order an “Our Pass” card, which entitles you to free bus travel within Greater Manchester – the College supports you by helping to fund this scheme.
  • If you live outside Greater Manchester, we'll agree with you the cost of your travel to College and contribute to this by paying money directly into your bank account in arrears.
  • Receive a bursary of up to £60 every half term paid into your bank account.


Young People wishing to apply for Financial Support can use the application form here: 

Childcare Support for Students aged 16 to 19

If you are aged 16 to 19 years old on 31st August, you may be eligible for Childcare Support with 100% of your childcare costs through the Care to Learn scheme. For more information and to apply, you will need to visit the website here: Care to Learn - GOV.UK (



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