Student Bursary

Please Note

We cannot accept bursary applications for 24/25 courses until July 2024

Thinking about studying with us but worried about the cost of course fees?

Our student bursary supports students with financial difficulties, ensuring you can enjoy the many opportunities that learning can bring. 

If you would like to donate to our bursary please see our how to donate page.

You must submit your bursary application 4 weeks before the course starts.


Are bursaries available for any City Lit course?

Available for most courses at City Lit but not for:

 Courses that have an Advanced Learner Loan
 Courses that run for fewer than 3 weeks/sessions AND cost less than £200
 Courses that you have already enrolled onto
 More than one course at a time


Who can get a bursary?

 Get one of these benefits: Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support (IS), Universal Credit (UC), Housing Benefit (HB), Working Tax Credit (WTC) - for full details on what benefits qualify check here.
 Are working and earning less than the London Living Wage a year - we do not include benefit payments when calculating total income
 Are homeless
 Are an Asylum Seeker
 Have no income
 Have experienced or are currently experiencing barriers to learning
 This course will help you find a job or improve your English, Maths or health and confidence
 Are up to date with all you payment plan payments (if you have taken out payment plans for other courses)

Note: Contact details and drop in times are incorrect in the video

If you have questions contact the Advice and Guidance Team:

Contact Us Form

For more information about the bursary, please watch this short video:


Ready to apply for the bursary?  

Apply for a bursary now

Please ensure that you answer all the questions on the form and use the checklist below to make sure you have uploaded all the required evidence.

Evidence Check List

 Proof of benefits - letter confirming you are in receipt of benefits dated in the last 6 months (for full details on what benefits qualify check here)
 Proof of income - your 2 most recent months of pay slips or SA302 or Tax Return form
 Proof of Asylum seeker or Refugee status (if applicable)- ASPEN card or letter from Home Office
 your 2 most recent bank statements for all accounts in your name

Still have a question?

Contact Us 
We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Drop-in and see an advisor in Room 1 in the Student Centre Monday to Thursday: 12:00-13:45 and 15:00-16:45
See phone numbers and opening times
Or Apply for a bursary online


IAG and enrolment support for Deaf students

IAG sessions with BSL interpreters to help Deaf students enrol onto courses and apply for financial support take place in Room 1 in the Student Centre and Library from 3pm to 5pm.

The next drop in dates will be:

Thursday 18th April

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 13th June

Thursday 27th June

Thursday 11th July

If you are Deaf and cannot come to any of these sessions, please email to arrange an individual appointment (the times and dates we can offer will depend on staff and interpreter availability, but we will do our best to arrange a time suitable for you).

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