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Internal and External schemes for those studying a Further Education course (FE), to support with tuition and course costs and the costs associated with attending College.

As schemes and guidelines can change throughout the year, the information provided on this site is only intended as a guide to the support that may be available to you. As such, if after reviewing the information provided you have any questions then please email them to the MMS team at [email protected] In line with GDPR rules and regulations, all information provided to us will be kept securely and treated confidentially.

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If you are studying a Higher Education (HE) course then please contact the HE team to see what funding options are available to you.

*PLEASE NOTE: some Access to HE courses are FE and not HE courses

Before You Enrol

Before you enrol, it is important that you are fully aware of the costs involved in studying an FE course at college. You can find information regarding fees within your joining instructions or by speaking to a member of your department, finance or the customer experience team. Please be aware that your bursary will be based on your age as of 31st August in the year that you started/start your course.

Remember that it’s not just course fees that you may need to think about, the day-to-day costs of attending college, such as travel, equipment, food and childcare are also important. You can find out about the financial support schemes that may be available to you in the section entitled ‘Funding and Bursary Options’ section below.

Application Information

Go to this section to find out more about each scheme. Due to Covid-19 we are trying to complete as many applications as possible electronically, however if you are unable to access these then please contact the customer experience team (CET) at the site at which you will be attending. They will arrange for a paper bursary application form to be sent to you and for an interview with the MMS team to review your evidence.

Where can I find Bursary, Free College Meals, Childcare and Fee Waiver application forms?

  • Links to the ‘Application Page’, and online Bursary and Fee Waiver application forms can be accessed through the Funding/Bursary Options links below. Alternatively, CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the ‘Application’ Page.
  • The Free College Meals application is included in the Bursary Application form for those funded by the 16-18 Bursary.
  • The Support with Childcare Application form is included in the Bursary application for those who are 20+ and funded by the 19+ Bursary. If you wish to complete a Childcare Application form at a later date, then a standalone form can be found via the 19+ ‘Funding/Bursary Options’ section below. If you are a young parent, then you will need to apply for support via Care2Learn.

PLEASE NOTE: Please read the information on the Application page before submitting an application. The links to the online Bursary and/ Fee Waiver application forms can be found at the bottom of the ‘Application’ page.

Where can I find information about the financial schemes that are available?

  • Information about the financial schemes that are available can be found in the Funding/Bursary Options section below along with links to: Care2Learn, EMA, the Advanced Learner Loan the Welsh Government Learning Grant and the Childcare Provider Form.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are on a 2 year course and were 18 in the first year, but have turned 19 before the start of second year, then you will need to apply for financial schemes in the 16-18 funding options section.

Where can I find information about other financial support schemes that may be available to me?

PLEASE NOTE: Future Bright is currently offering support to those whose work has been affected the Coronvirus.

CET Site Contacts

  • Filton: 0117 931 2121
  • WISE: 0117 919 2601
  • Stroud: 01453 763 424

If you are having difficulty accessing any online applications, please email [email protected].

Applications for 2020/21:

All applications are now available online.

Funding/Bursary Options and Application Forms

Funding Options Calculator

Why not try our MMS FE Funding Options Calculator? Here you can gain an understanding of the different types of financial support that may be available to you while you study. We have a range of schemes and entitlements that can help with things like course fees, material costs, food, travel and access to IT equipment.

Try the Calculator

Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find your answer? Get in touch at [email protected].

How long does it take to process my bursary application?

Depending on when you apply, we will try and write to you within four weeks of receiving your application.

Why haven't I received my bursary payment?

You may not have received your bursary payment if your attendance is below 90%; you can check your attendance on ProPortal. If you believe the attendance record is incorrect, please speak to a member of your department. Alternatively, we could hold incorrect bank details for you; to check this, please visit the team or email [email protected]. Payments are also based on students meeting the College's Behaviour Policy requirements.

Can my bursary be paid to someone else's account?

Yes, if there is a justifiable reason that you are unable to have your own bank account. Otherwise, you will be expected to have a bank account open when you apply for the bursary.

My bank details have changed since I submitted my bursary application. What should I do?

If your bank details change, you must inform us immediately. Failure to do so could cause delays to you receiving your award. Please contact us at [email protected].

I applied for my bursary, but what if I don't start my course?

If you do not start your course, you will not receive any funds from the bursary. You will also receive no help towards any course fees you may be liable for.

How and when will I be paid if I am awarded a bursary?

You will be paid by BACS direct to your bank account, or to a nominated person's bank account. Payment dates can depend. We recommend referring to your payment schedule or contacting us at [email protected] to check your application.

What if I withdraw after applying for a bursary?

If you withdraw from your course, all bursary payments will stop and you may be liable to pay material fees or return some or all of your bursary award.

I applied for my bursary, but what if I change my course?

Please notify us if you change your course; we may need to adjust any course fee awards.

Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan online?

Yes, applying online is quick and easy. You can register and apply online at www.gov.uk/advancedlearnerloan. If you need any help, please contact the MMS Team.

I am not attending college. Will I still get my Welsh EMA?

To get EMA payments, you must have your attendance confirmed by your school or college. This applies to pupils not attending school due to expulsion, suspension, illness or other reasons. The school or college is responsible for this decision. You should contact your school or college with any questions about attendance. You can do this by email at [email protected] or in person by visiting the team at your campus.

Can I apply for the Advanced Learner Loan after my course has started?

You should apply as early as possible to make sure Student Finance England can pay at the start of your course. However, you can apply for a loan at any time during your course, but not after you have completed it.

When do I get my Welsh EMA payments?

You can start getting EMA payments as soon as you start your course(s), as long as you apply on time, agree to and sign the EMA Agreement with the MMS Team and meet the attendance requirements.

Residency Support Schemes

Please note that SGS do not currently deal directly with Residency Support Schemes. Information regarding support that may be available to you can be found on the Gov.uk website

Bursary Appeal Information

If you have applied for one of our internal bursary schemes but wish to appeal the decision of that application, you can do so before June 2021. You can appeal via email at [email protected]

You must provide your full student number, contact details and inform us why you wish to appeal.

Advice Agencies and Debt Charities

There are a number of agencies, charities and other types of financial support website that can offer information, advice and guidance on a number of ways to budget and assist with debt. It is always worth checking with the MMS Team to see what internal or external schemes SGS can help with.

MMS Team
Contact Information

Please note: We cannot guarantee that we will be able to answer the phone and as such email is our primary means of contact.



MMS Manager


MMS Team Leader


MMS Guidance Officer

 Filton, Filton Ave, Filton, Bristol BS34 7AT
[email protected]
0117 909 2381



MMS Funding Officer

 Stroud, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AH
[email protected]
01453 761185

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