Hartpury College – Bursaries, scholarships and grants. What’s available for September 2023?

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Going to college can be a great life experience. As well as studying for a diploma or certificate, you’ll meet new friends, make lifelong connections, and access opportunities that could really shape your future. Our courses are delivered by experienced, passionate tutors, and lecturers who will help you grow and learn along the way. You’ll follow in the footsteps of our college alumni, going on to employment or further study (98% of students went into employment or further study in the latest figures (Hartpury 2022).

We understand that right now, the rising cost of living is having an impact on many people around the country and is making people think again about the choices they make.

Here at Hartpury, we’re keen to help you make an informed choice.

We offer a range of financial support packages intended to ease the financial pressures on students and help them to focus on their education. Here’s a handy guide to the various bursaries, scholarships and grants available to those wanting to study with us this September, as well as answers to a few key questions. 

Most college courses have no tuition fees 

Firstly, it’s worth remembering that most students aged 16-18 wishing to study at Hartpury College will pay no tuition fees.

What’s the difference between bursaries, scholarships and grants?

Unlike a loan, bursaries and grants are monetary awards that don’t need to be repaid. Similarly, a scholarship is an award or a financial aid awarded based on pre-specified criteria, that also doesn’t need to be repaid.

How many students does Hartpury College help each year?

Last year (2021/22), Hartpury College helped more than a quarter of students who received over £1 million of financial support in the form of bursaries, scholarships, and grants.

Aside from grants, what is Hartpury College doing to help students?

In addition to funding, Hartpury has introduced several other measures to help students. These include:

  • Free campus car parking is available and a subsidised bus and coach service is in operation across the region.
  • Hartpury-managed accommodation prices include contents insurance and utility bills at no extra cost.
  • A range of part-time job opportunities available to students on and off campus including working in the on-site catering outlets, at our commercial equestrian centre, farm or even in our sports academies.
  • A Student Assistance Programme, coordinated by an experienced Students Services and Wellbeing Team provides a one-stop access point for individuals wanting to access academic, financial, wellbeing, or career support via a confidential 24/7 phoneline.

You’ll find more information about how we’re helping students with the cost-of-living here.

Does the funding apply to all subject areas?

Many of our bursaries, grants, and scholarships apply across our subject areas. However, some are subject-specific, so it’s worth checking out the details of a particular scheme or talking with our student finance team to check before you make an application.

What funding is available for students wanting to study this September?

Discretionary Learner support

  • A means-tested bursary that prioritises those from low-income households who would otherwise struggle to attend college.
  • Helps with everything from education visit fees to books and equipment, as well as meals and transport for non-residential students.
  • How to apply: You can apply for this bursary from 1 April in the same year you’re starting your studies with us. A form will be available to download here.

Residential bursaries

  • Available to UK-based students.
  • Helps to cover accommodation costs for residential students.
  • Applications are means-tested to determine the level of award.
  • These bursaries are not available to students who have a horse in college livery and students studying A-levels, sport, Outdoor Adventure or Uniformed Protective Services are not eligible.
  • How to apply: You can apply for this bursary from 1 April in the same year you’re starting your studies with us. A form will be available to download here.

Vulnerable Learner Bursary

  • This bursary is designed to help students from vulnerable groups who are unlikely to be receiving financial assistance from parents or carers.
  • The defined vulnerable groups include students who are in care or care leavers, those receiving Income Support or Universal Credit, and those receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
  • Pays up to £1,200 per year.
  • How to apply: You can apply for this bursary from 1 April in the same year you’re starting your studies with us. A form will be available to download here.

 Sports bursary

  • Open to those who have the potential to excel in his or her chosen sporting field yet may struggle to study at college without support.
  • Helps with boarding fees.
  • Open to resident students on full time sports courses at Hartpury College.
  • Also open to international students.
  • How to apply: Each applicant will need to apply directly to the appropriate Sports Academy manager. More information can be found here.

The Guyll-Leng Bursary

  • Open to those from a low-income household.
  • Open to applicants wishing to study agriculture, animal, equine and related land-based subjects at college level.
  • Offers financial assistance for up to three years of study including work placements.
  • Helps new or returning students with accommodation, travel, trips, books, sporting participation and more (subject to terms and conditions).
  • How to apply: Applications will open on 1 April in the same year you’re planning to start your studies with us. Applicants must complete and return a 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. The form will be available to download here when applications open.

Joe Henson MBE Bursary

  • Available to students who reside in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire and are studying agriculture or a related subject.
  • Limited to £1,000 per year of study, for a maximum of three years.
  • How to apply: Download the information and application pack here.

Martin Baber Award (only available to currently enrolled students)

  • This international work experience bursary is available to support currently enrolled students at Hartpury College, who wish to study or work abroad within the agricultural sector.
  • Supports with travel and visa costs plus funds to cover an initial period in the destination country.
  • Can be used for accommodation, travel, subsistence, books and equipment.
  • The maximum award available to a student is £1,500.
  • How to apply: Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Where can I find more information?

As outlined above, most applications open from 1 April in the year you plan to study at Hartpury College. Application forms will be available to download here.

You can find more information about the range of financial support packages on offer here.

Alternatively, call our friendly student finance team via +44 (0) 1452 702 697 or email collegebursaries@hartpury.ac.uk.

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