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Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Criteria 2021/2022

Learners eligible to apply to the fund:

An eligible student is a student who is enrolled with Petroc on a part-time or full-time course and who has been granted an Advanced Learning Loan, who is not classed as ineligible (see below) and who meets one of the following criteria listed below:

(1) In receipt of one of the means-tested benefits listed below (or be a dependant partner of a person receiving one of the benefits below and included in that benefit award).

  • Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (Income Based)
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Universal Credit (subject to status)
  • Working Tax Credit (with an annual income for the previous year showing on the award of under £16,190.00)

(2) On a low income. A low income is defined as:

  • Single learners with a gross annual income of no more than £16,000
  • Lone parents or couples with a gross annual income of no more than £21,000.00 (plus an additional £1,750 for each dependent child aged under 19 and in full-time education)

Note: When calculating gross annual income, ignore any Disability Living Allowance. All other income is taken into account (for both the student and their partner if applicable) including the following types of income:

Earnings and any other taxable income: For self-employed learners or their dependants, the gross earnings will be calculated from audited accounts and any essential business expenses will be deducted.


Ineligible Learners:

There are certain categories of student that are not able to claim Bursary funds. These are:

  • Learners who are not considered to be part of the home population
  • Learners on a Higher Education course
  • Apprenticeship learners
  • Learners who have not been granted an Advanced Learning Loan

Support available for eligible learners

You can apply for help with a bus pass or a contribution towards fuel costs.

The cost of a bus pass will be covered for adult Learners who live more than three miles from college. Please contact the Advice and Guidance Centre to apply for a Bus Pass.

For adult learners who live more than three miles from college, a contribution of £500 (pro-rata) can be made towards the cost of fuel for learners who wish to drive into college.

Transport costs for learners with disabilities who cannot access Public transport can be applied for up to a maximum of £580.

The course tutor must supply the Advice and Guidance Centre with a detailed breakdown of equipment and general course costs. Under these circumstances, support can be given up to 80% of the full cost* of equipment once it has been established that the student has met the attendance criteria as laid out by the Learners Rights & Responsibilities Policy and Admissions Policy.

* In some cases the full cost of equipment may be capped

50% of the cost of trips organised as part of the student’s programme can be covered up to a maximum of £50 in total.

The learner is required to provide evidence of the trip to the Advice and Guidance Centre once they have paid their deposit.

50% of the cost of a residential organised as part of the student’s programme can be covered up to a maximum of £100 in total.

The learner is required to provide evidence of the trip to the Advice and Guidance Centre once they have paid their deposit.

A meal up to the value of £3.00 can be obtained from the college food outlets for each day attending college. Eligible learners will use their student card to access this.

The maximum childcare support is £150 per week for the first child and £75 per week for each additional child. For part-time learners, the maximum amount will be pro-rata based on the hours of attendance.

Learners will be required to pay a 10% contribution towards the cost of the childcare.

Childcare support can be used to support the costs of any form of formal registered childcare. This includes nursery, crèche, and childminder or out of school hours place.

Childcare costs cannot be paid to people who are not registered e.g. to friends or relatives.

All childcare costs will be paid to the registered person/organisation.

Childcare payments will normally only be made during term time, to cover sessions when the student is attending their course.

Learners who are in need of additional funds to support their attendance at college may be able to access help via discretionary payments. This is part of the Bursary Fund that the Student Support Team can discuss and authorise appropriately to assist learners to meet their immediate needs. 

If you require their assistance or wish to discuss your requirements please contact the Advice and Guidance Centre.


All Bursary funds are given on the understanding that a student:

  • Is in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan
  • Has met the attendance criteria as laid out by the Learner Rights & Responsibilities Policy and Admission Policy and
  • Is making good progress and
  • Completes the course and
  • There are still funds available

If any of the above criteria is not met then the student will be liable to pay back any awards made to them from the Bursary Fund.

All allocations are made subject to funds being available; as this is a finite fund there may be occasions when applications are reduced to allow fair allocations of the funds.


Appeals Procedure

Learners have the right to appeal against any decision made in connection with their Bursary Fund application.

Learners wishing to appeal should put the details of their concern in writing. The appeals panel will be convened within 5 working days from the following personnel: The Interim Head of Learner Engagement, and a member of the Student Support Team. The result of this appeal will be given in writing within 10 working days of the receipt of the student’s appeal letter.


Need further assistance?

Please get in touch with the Advice & Guidance Centre:

North Devon
01271 852422
Mid Devon
01884 235330


The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary is a finite amount of money and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications will be means-tested against the criteria above and a decision on entitlement will not be made until we have received a fully completed form and supporting evidence of benefits/income. Part of the decision-making process will be to ensure that there are remaining funds to allocate.

Please note: Unfortunately, all funds have now been allocated from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary. If more funds become available, we will re-open for applications. If this causes you financial hardship, please make contact with the Tutor Support Team in the first instance. As at 20/01/22.