We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to support students studying on our college courses.
Below is a summary list of bursaries that are available for students starting their courses in September 2020.
Please note all our bursaries are available for UK-based students only. Our sports bursary is also available to international students.
Help available Discretionary Learner support
All full-time college students are eligible to apply for a Learner Support Fund award. The fund is means-tested (dependent on household income) and priority is given to those on low income who would otherwise find it difficult to attend college.
- Under £16,190 per annum: Full awards, including education visits fee, books/equipment, meal allowance or transport for non-residential students
- Between £16,190-£23,000 per annum: Part award, including education visits fee and books/equipment
Vulnerable Learner Bursary
Students who are classed as vulnerable learners will be eligible to receive a £1,200 bursary. To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:
- In care
- Care leavers
- In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
- In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
Hartpury has a limited fund available to assist students who would otherwise be unable to attend college and who, in the opinion of the appropriate Sports Academy Director, has the potential to excel in his or her chosen sporting field.
Resident students on full-time sports courses at Hartpury College can apply for help with boarding fees from this fund.
Each applicant will need to apply directly to the appropriate Sports Academy manager. More information can be found on the Sports Academy website pages.
The Guyll-Leng Bursary
Open to applicants from households with limited income and demanding circumstances wishing to study Agriculture, Animal, Equine and related land based subjects at a college level.
The Guyll-Leng Bursary offers financial assistance for up to three years of study, including work placements, to help new or returning students towards the costs of accommodation, subsistence, travel, trips, sporting participation, books, equipment and other course related expenses (subject to terms and conditions).
Applicants must complete and return the Guyll-Leng Bursary application form together with a short personal statement (of no more than 300 words) outlining why they think they would be a good candidate for the bursary.
Joe Henson MBE Bursary
The Joe Henson MBE Bursary is open to students who reside in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and are studying agriculture or related subjects.
This bursary supports up to three years of study, with £1,000 per annum provided each year to two students.
Read the bursary information pack.
Martin Baber Award
The Martin Baber Award is an international work experience bursary, available to support currently enrolled Hartpury students who wish to study or work abroad within the Agricultural sector.
The purpose of the bursary is to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding, practical application and transferable skills in a global agricultural context.
The bursary supports students with travel and visa costs plus funds to cover an initial period once they have arrived at their destination. It can be used to help with:
- Books and equipment
- Other related expenditure
The maximum amount of an award available to a student is £1,500.
Full terms and conditions are available here.
Application forms for the Discretionary & Residential support form are available to download. All applications will be means-tested to determine the level of award. If any more information is required please contact the student finance team.
Please note residential bursaries are not available to students who have a horse in college livery.
Advanced Learner Loans
To qualify for the Advanced Learner Loan you'll need to be:
- Aged 19 or over at the start of your course
- Enrolling on a course at level 3 or 4, which includes: A-levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates, Advanced Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships
- A UK resident at the start of your course and for three years prior to the start of the course. If you decide to apply for the loan, please complete your application form as soon as possible after enrolment. If your loan is for an Access to Higher Education programme and you progress to complete a Higher Education programme, you will not have to pay back your Advanced Learner Loan
You can check your eligibility for the Advanced Learner Loan at the Student Finance England website. The loan doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan whether they're employed or unemployed – the loan will then be paid directly to the college on your behalf. You won't need to pay anything up front for your course fees and you won't have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. You'll need a 'Learning and funding information' letter from Hartpury before starting your application online on the Government's website. The letter can be obtained from the College Admissions Office by e-mailing email@example.com
Additional Financial Support
Students aged between 16 and 18 can apply for free meals at the college.
Students will be eligible if their parent/carer qualifies for one of the following benefits:
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Income Support Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) provided the annual income, assessed by HMRC does not exceed £16,190 (please note: This amount is subject to change in April every year)
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
If you're aged between 16 and 19, you may be able to get some financial support from Jobcentre Plus. Some benefits depend on particular circumstances, for example, if you are disabled, not well enough to work or are a parent. Other benefits are paid to you if you don’t have enough money to live on. You can find out more about making a claim by visiting your local Jobcentre or on the Government's website.
If you have a child and you are under the age of 20 on the day your course or learning programme begins. You can apply for childcare funding through Care to Learn. Apply online on the Government's website then type in 'care to learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.
For those who are aged 19+ and undertaking a Level 3 or 4 course, you'll be required to apply to the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan Fund. The 19+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund is a very small fund provided to support learners in all areas and the funds have to be apportioned equally across all eligible requests.
If you're aged between 20-23 and undertaking a Level 1 or 2 course you may be eligible to receive help towards the cost of your childcare. In order to receive support your child-minder or nursery needs to be registered with Ofsted. If eligible, the college will pay a percentage towards your bill for the days you are in college. Payments will be reduces for days that you are absent from college.
Support for Residential Further Education students
Grants are available to provide students with financial help towards their accommodation costs where a course is not available within a reasonable daily travelling distance of their home. The same/similar course should not be available from another college, which is within daily travelling distance of their home (normally 15 miles). Support is not normally available to students who are on a college bus route. For students on a designated course with a requirement to undertake duties outside teaching hours, these rules will not apply.
The higher the household income, the lower the level of award. The below tables show the maximum awards payable in 2019/20 for each band of household income, subject to the availability of funds.
Under 18 (on 1 September 2019)
Gross Household Income £
Support Award 2019/20(up to a maximum of) £
21,001 to 25,000
25,001 to 30,000
30,001 to 35,000
Over 18 (on 1 September 2019)
Gross Household Income £
Support Award 2019/20 (up to a maximum of) £
21,001 to 25,000
25,001 to 30,000
30,001 to 35,000