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Bursaries & Finance

On this page you will find information about any fees associated with studying at Huish as well as details about the financial support available to you.

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 (one year) courses – £40.00
  • Level 3 (two year) courses – £80.00

Huish Gym

Gym Membership is £25 per term and can be purchased through the College Shop.

Financial Support available at Huish

Below you will find information about the various bursaries available to students, and loans available to people aged 19+. If you would like any further information on financial support please contact our Student Finance Officer, Jo Quick at bursary@richuish.ac.uk.

If you wish to apply for bursary please register on PayMyStudent at https://richardhuish.paymystudent.com/portal/. N.B. Bursary awards are paid directly to the nominated bank account using the BACS system.

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 www.bfef.org.uk.

Travel Contribution

The Travel Contribution is a non-means tested bursary offered to students who travel to Huish by public bus. Every student purchasing a bus ticket is eligible for this financial support, provided you are not in receipt of a travel award through the Discretionary Bursary.

In academic year 2021-22 you can receive the following contribution towards your travel if you purchase the following ticket types:

  • Buses of Somerset Taunton network monthly child ticket – £50 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Taunton network monthly adult ticket – £150 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Somerset network monthly child ticket – £150 per annum
  • Buses of Somerset Somerset network monthly adult ticket – £250 per annum
  • Hatch Green Buses £5.00 per day student ticket – £250 per annum
  • Dartline Coaches £6.30 per day ticket – £300 per annum

The awards are paid in three termly installments on the following dates:

  • Friday 3rd December 2021
  • Friday 8th April 2022
  • Friday 10th June 2022

We open applications for this financial support in October and an email with guidance on how to apply via the online PayMyStudent portal will be sent to your college email. Please keep any tickets purchased and email receipts as you will need to upload these to your online application. You will need to apply for this financial support each academic year.

Vulnerable Bursary

Students who meet one of the following criteria who have a financial need 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 financially assessed award, 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 31st August 2021
  • You must be registered on a full-time Study Programme on the 31st August 2021
  • Your household income must be below £35,000 gross for the tax year ending April 2021

Your bursary award may include one or all of the following categories:

  • 100% of your course costs e.g. books, trips, equipment
  • 70% of the cost of your bus tickets for students living over 3 miles from the College up to the value of £630

We have received notification by Transporting Somerset that the Somerset County Ticket scheme will not be operating for the 2021/22 academic year.
Please check the bus companies’ website to see which ticket option best suits your travel needs.

Free College Meals

In accordance with Government Education Funding Agency guidance students whose families are in receipt of one or more of the below benefits will be awarded a free meal each day up to the value of £3.00. Please note this does not included sweets, cakes, fizzy drinks, or bottled water unless included in the sandwich meal deal.

You can receive free school meals if you are entitled to: 

  • 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 guarantee 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

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 (www.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 on the 31st August 2021
  • You must have registered on a full-time Study Programme on 31st August 2021
  • 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 bursaries@richuish.ac.uk.