Travel Bursary

Studying full-time? Get a travel bursary of up to £450

At Bedford College, we don’t want travel costs to be a barrier stopping you from coming to study with us. This bursary is available to students studying a full-time course (Level 3 or below), as long as you...

  • live more than three miles (driving distance) from the campus you will be studying at
  • have a household income of £30,000 or less
  • are not eligible for financial support for travel from your Local Authority.

Do I qualify? Enter your postcode online...

First choose the location you are studying at. This will launch Google Maps (which will open in a new window so make sure you take a note of Steps 2-3!)



On the left-hand side of the page, enter your postcode in the box marked Circle.
You must now choose 'by car' by selecting the car icon and then select 'Get Directions'.

If your address is three or more miles away from the campus you're studying at you will qualify for our travel bursary.

What does the travel bursary mean for me?

Bedford College students: If you qualify you will receive a bursary of up to £450 a year, paid in 10 monthly instalments directly to your bank account. This is to be used towards the cost of travelling to and from College.

Shuttleworth College students: Your payment will be used to offset the cost of the Shuttleworth bus service, rather than paid directly to you. You will still need to pay the remaining subsidised rate after the bursary has been deducted.

Find out more about getting the bus to Shuttleworth College.

Shuttleworth buses are subsidised for all full-time students aged 16-18, so if you don’t qualify for the bursary, you may still access the Shuttleworth bus service.

How to apply

Please contact 01234 291000 (Bedford) or 01234 291276 (Shuttleworth) for assistance with your application or complete application form below:

Bursary Application Forms for New Learners (January enrolments only)
Bursary Application Forms for New Learners (2017/18 enrolments)

Note: The bursary application is now only open to continuing students who become vulnerable learners during the course of the academic year and those taking on a course which started after January 2018.

2018/19 applications

2018/19 Bursary guidance and application forms will be available from Friday 1 June 2018.

You will be required to upload evidence to proof eligibility for one of our bursaries. Please have this to hand; you will be able to save your work and come back to complete your application at a later time.

The Travel Bursary applies for 2017-18 applicants and we cannot confirm what arrangements will be in place in following years.

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