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Do you need help with the costs of coming to College?

At HRC, we understand that college can be expensive, so we have various kinds of financial support that you may be eligible for. If you are interested in applying for financial support with us, please pop into one of our information centres where friendly and qualified staff will be able to guide you through the application process.

If you have any further questions please call us on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bursary Application Form & Guidance for 16-18, 19+ and Advanced Learner Loans Bursary

Bursary application forms for the academic year 20/21 are now available. Click to download the Bursary Application Form.

Please click here for Bursary Fund Guidance


Bursaries, loans and hardship funding

16-19 Bursary Fund

You could be eligible for support towards essential course related costs including kits, trips, uniforms, books, travel, membership fees, DBS checks and £150 yearly towards materials if your household income is below £25,000 gross. If your household income is below £16,190 or is on means-tested benefits, you could also receive up to 100% towards essential course trips.

19+ Bursary Fund

If your household income is below £25,000 gross, you could receive assistance towards the cost of coming to College, including travel on public transport, essential course materials, trips, kits, uniform and exam fees.

20+ Childcare Fund

The 20+ Childcare Fund provides funding towards the cost of registered childcare for learners aged 20+ enrolled on an eligible course with a household income below £30,000 gross.

Childcare Fund application form available here

Childcare Fund application information



Care to Learn Childcare Funding

A national scheme is also available to help fund childcare for young learners ages 16 – 20 studying on an eligible course.

For more information please visit

Advanced Learner Loans

For information on Advanced Learner Loans, click here.

If your household income is under £25,000 gross, you may be able to apply for the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary.

Click here to download the Bursary Application Form.

If you would like further information, contact the Information Team directly on 01992 411411.

Help with travel costs

All eligible students aged 16-21 and enrolled on a full-time programme of study, can apply directly to the Information Centre to purchase termly Hertfordshire and non-Hertfordshire bus passes at a fixed termly rate. Terms and conditions apply. Hertfordshire students are required to provide a valid Herts Saver Card in order for their pass to be issued by HRC.

Please contact the Information Centre for further advice via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us directly on: 01992 411411.

The Arriva bus pass is available to eligible students at a subsidised rate for Hertfordshire and Non-Hertfordshire residents. The Hertfordshire Saver card will give you 50% off bus travel in Hertfordshire is available to all eligible students up to the age of 19 (or if you are 18 before 31st August 2020 enrolment).

You can apply for the HCC Saver online or download the paper application form from

To see the full range of travel schemes available to support you, click here.

Free Breakfast

All our students can start each day of study with a free breakfast. Served between 8:15 am and 8:45 am, students will have a choice from:

  • Bacon or sausage bap
  • Cereal and a piece of fruit
  • Yoghurt pot and a piece of fruit
  • Two slices of toast

All options are served with a hot beverage.

Free meals for Further Education students aged 16-18

Free meals are available for students who are in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and they have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
  • Universal Credit


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