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Bursaries & Finance

On this page you will find information about the Huish experience fee as well as details about financial support available to you, including our travel contribution, a non-means tested bursary available to all students (excluding those supported by the discretionary bursary) and the BFEF grant.

The Huish Experience Fee

The Huish Experience Fee is payable by all Level 2 & 3 students on enrolment. This fee contributes towards the wider educational experience beyond our statutory requirements. This includes additional elements of student support, student welfare, enrichment, IT facilities, trips, visits and extension activities, all of which are accessible and available to all our students.

The Huish Experience Fees are:

  • Level 2 Pathway – £40.00 one off payment
  • Level 3 Study Programme – £80.00 one off payment
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Financial Support available at Huish

Below you will find information about the various grant schemes and bursaries available to students, and loans available to people aged 19+.

We are committed to enabling equal opportunities to all students, if you feel cost is a barrier to you studying at Huish please contact Student Finance Office, Jo Quick at to discuss the below bursaries and become a Huish Plus learner. 

How to apply for a bursary

If you wish to apply for a bursary detailed below please follow these instructions. Please note, bursary awards are paid directly to you as the student unless you specifically request your bursary be paid to a third party. All payments are made using the BACS system.

To apply for a bursary you need to register on PayMyStudent. You will need to: 

  • enter your student reference number
  • enter your date of birth
  • set-up a password
  • click the ‘register’ button

Once registered, you will receive an activation email to the personal email you provided us on your application form. You need to verify your details by clicking the link at the bottom of the email. This will take you to the login page where you can proceed with your application.

Some important things to remember before submitting your application:

  • check you have entered both yours and your guardian’s bank details
  • check that you have uploaded all the necessary financial evidence to support your application (please note that we will not be able to complete a financial assessment and award you a bursary without this evidence)
  • don’t worry about evidence for your travel before you join us in September, this can be added once registered
  • ensure you have signed the declaration (not your guardian).


Travel Contribution Bursary

The Travel Contribution is a non-means tested bursary offered to students who travel to Huish by public transport. Every student* purchasing a bus/rail ticket is eligible for this financial support, provided you are not in receipt of a travel award through the Discretionary Bursary (*some restrictions may apply for Adult Learners and Apprentices).

In academic year 2022-23 you may receive the following contribution towards your travel if you purchase the following bus ticket types:

  • Buses of Somerset Taunton network monthly child ticket – £115 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Taunton network monthly adult ticket – £330 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Somerset network monthly child ticket – £330 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Somerset network monthly adult ticket – £530 per annum
  • Hatch Green Buses £5.00 per day student ticket – £530 per annum
  • Dartline Coaches £6.30 per day ticket – £600 per annum

For rail passengers the contribution will vary depending on your journey and ticket type. We also offer a free minibus shuttle service from Taunton train station to campus.

You may apply for the travel contribution once you have registered at Huish on the PayMyStudent portal. The contributions are paid monthly upon receipt of evidence of your travel tickets, you will need to upload any tickets purchased or email receipts to your online account.

Please note that you will need to apply for this financial support each academic year.

Vulnerable Bursary

If you meet one of the following criteria and have a financial need you can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 per year if registered on to a programme of study that lasts for 30 weeks or more; or a pro-rata amount if the course is less than 30 weeks.

Eligibility criteria for the Vulnerable Bursary are that you are:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or financially supporting yourself and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is a means-tested bursary to support students facing financial hardship to complete their studies. The award is dependent on you fulfilling the bursary eligibility criteria as shown below:

  • You must have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of your studies at Huish
  • You must be aged 16 and over but under 19 at the start of your Study Programme
  • You must be registered on a full-time Study Programme for September before 31st August
  • Your household income must be below £50,000 gross for the tax year ending in April ahead of commencing your Study Programme.

If your household income is between £40,001-50,000k your bursary award will include 80% of your public transport costs (for students living over 3 miles from the College).

If your household income is £40,000k or below your bursary award will include:

  • 100% of your public transport costs (for students living over 3 miles from the College)
  • 100% of your course costs (e.g. books, equipment)
  • 100% towards any in house training (e.g. emergency first aid course)
  • A contribution to the more costly enrichment trips
  • £150 towards the cost of music lessons if you are on a Music course
  • A contribution towards gym membership

Free College Meals

In accordance with Government Education Funding Agency guidance if your family are in receipt of one or more of the below benefits you be awarded a free meal each day during term time up to the value of £3.00. Please note this does not include hot drinks, sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks.

You can receive free school meals if your family are in receipt of: 

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit, with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • WTC & Universal Credit and have an income below £25k (you will receive a meal payment of £3.00 per day preloaded onto your student ID card). 

Bishop Fox's Educational Foundation Grant Schemes

Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation aims to promote the education (including social and physical training) of young people between the ages of 11-24 years.

All Huish students can apply for a grant from the foundation. Grants can help towards costs of trips, sportswear, books, equipment for an enrichment/hobby plus other expenses.

For more information visit

Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is available to learners aged 19 years and over, wanting to study a Level 3 or 4 qualification, Access to Higher Education course, Vocational Diploma or Vocational Certificates. The Advanced Learner Loan is authorised by Student Finance England and is a non means tested loan.

For further information on Advanced Learner Loans please visit Student finance – GOV.UK ( or download our Advanced Learner Loan Booklet.

Further information is available from your Course Tutor or Assessor.

19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funds

The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funds are available to students from families on a low income.

Eligibility criteria for the Learner Support Funds are:

  • You are 19 years old or over at the start of your Study Programme
  • You must have registered on a full-time Study Programme for September before 31st August
  • You have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more at the start of your studies
  • Your household income is below £30,000

If you fulfil all the above criteria you may receive a grant for up to 100% of the following course costs:

  • Contribution to your travel costs
  • Assistance towards college meals

For further information about the 19+ Learner Support Funds please contact