16–19 Art and Design Foundation Bursary

 Please note: Applications are now closed.

Key facts

Start dates

September 2024

Available to home or international students?


Study level


Eligible course awards

Foundation Diploma

Number of awards

Variable, depending on funding and eligible applications

Application deadline

24 May 2024


Help towards study and material costs for financially disadvantaged students.

The 16–19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Government, via the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Applications can be considered under the following category:

Discretionary Bursaries

These are paid to students who can demonstrate financial need. The assessment is based on household income and the amount awarded varies on this basis. Students with a household income over £35,000 per year are not eligible to apply for a Discretionary Bursary.

The Discretionary Bursary helps with specific costs that you incur during your studies including:

  • Materials fees (£220)
  • International study trips (approximately £700)
  • Travel costs (students have to provide evidence of one weekly travel card purchase)

Students may also be able to apply for support with domestic and one-off emergencies e.g. redundancy or bereavement.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the 16–19 Bursary Fund, students must be:

  • Considered to have Home fee status
  • Be living in the UK on the first day of the course
  • Enrolled on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • Aged 16, 17 or 18 on the first day of the course

This funding is available to students studying on the following courses:


Application process

Applications will be considered by the University’s Financial Aid Committee.

  • Applicants will receive a decision by email within 4 working weeks of receiving completed applications and supporting documents.
  • Applications can only be considered where household income is less than £35,000 per year and evidence of financial hardship can be demonstrated.
  • Supporting evidence is needed to fully assess the application and to determine the level of support available.
  • Applications will be considered by the University’s Financial Aid Committee.
  • Applications will be accepted until 24 May 2024.

 Please note: Applications are now closed.

Terms and conditions

Receiving payment

  • Successful applicants must be enrolled on the course in order to make an application and to receive payment.