Welfare & Bursary


This section is intended to give you guidance and advice on the financial and welfare issues that may affect your ability to return to College, and/or continue your studies. 

We hope you will find this information useful when making an informed decision about studying here.

About the Team

We are a friendly, approachable team of four people who aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment to all. Our services are:

  • specialist
  • confidential
  • impartial
  • accountable
  • personal.

As a team, we continually strive to work to the highest standards and will always treat students with the utmost respect and understanding.

Listed below are just some of the areas that we can give advice on:

  • accommodation, i.e. help finding it and dealing with homelessness
  • benefit advice, i.e. signposting to various agencies
  • childcare support 
  • debt management by way of practical advice on a one-to-one basis with a welfare specialist
  • financing (please refer to the Government-run schemes)
  • health - any help or advice you may need
  • immigration, i.e. help in applying for Visa extensions.

Students & Benefits

The information that follows is intended for guidance only. There are strict rules for each benefit regarding eligibility.

The majority of full-time students cannot claim benefits.  If you are a full-time student you will not usually be able to claim any other benefits during your course of study, however, you may still be entitled to claim if you:

  • are a lone parent
  • have a disability
  • have a student partner and a child, and it is the summer vacation
  • are a pensioner

If you have a child/children under the age of 18 (or 20 if they are still in full time education) you may be able to claim Child Benefit.

For more information on eligibility and what benefits you may be able to claim, as well as which elements of your student funding should be disregarded as income, please see the www.gov.uk website.

Non-student partners may be entitled to claim benefits at any time, but the student loan will be taken into account as income.

New funding criteria for students studying a level 3 Qualification from September 2013

**Bursary Fund and Benefits**

Payments from the Bursary Fund may affect the student's entitlement to means-tested social security benefits, for example, income support, housing benefit or council tax benefit.

Students who are worried about the impact of the Bursary Fund on their benefits should consult an experienced advisor at their local Job Centre Plus.

Details and application forms for the 2013/2014 College Bursary schemes, including 20+ Childcare financial support are now available on the Financial Support page.

For more information please e-mail bursary@mkcollege.ac.uk or phone: 01908 684364.

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Contact Us

How to contact us

  • Ask at any of our Reception desks on campus
  • Telephone us on any of our help lines (numbers listed below)

Welfare and Bursary

Chaffron Way campus: 01908 684364

Bletchley campus: 01908 637326

Alternatively, pop along to any of our drop ins on campus:

Chaffron Way campus: Mon, Wed & Fri - 10.30am - 12.30pm, Tues & Thur 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Bletchley campus: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Silbury campus: Available upon request.

You can also email us at: welfare@mkcollege.ac.uk bursary@mkcollege.ac.uk 

Other useful contact numbers and links

Care to Learn

T: 0800 121 8989 
W: www.gov.uk/caretolearn

Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL) 

T: 0800 585 505 
W: https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans

*During the holidays, Bletchley Welfare office will be closed*