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Learner Bursary

The Learner Bursary provides financial support to assist learners aged 19 or above who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the costs associated with their learning.

This includes those who may need a contribution towards:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Examination Fees
  • Course Materials (as identified by course area)
  • Contribution towards travel expenses
  • Breakfast or After School Club

Who can apply for support?

To be eligible for funds from the Learner Bursary, learners must be aged 19 years or older, must be studying an Adult Education Budget qualification course and live within the London Boroughs. Learners will also need to demonstrate that they are on a low income or accessing means tested benefits.

Please note that learners enrolled on Community and Cultural Learning, Full Cost or Advanced Learner Loan funded programmes are not eligible to apply.

Eligible learners must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income-related benefit such as Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit, or Income Support
    (Please provide a letter from DWP or Universal Credit dated within the last 3 months).
  • Low household income on or below the London Living Wage plus 10% (£25,632.75 per year, as of 22 September 2022)
    (Most recent payslip dated within the last 3 months).
  • Individual salary on or below the London Living Wage (£23,302.50 per year, as of 22 September 2022)
    Evidence of your payslip which highlights your salary and includes your name, address and either:
    3 x bi-weekly payslips
    2 x monthly payslips
    4 x weekly payslips.

Alongside evidence, we also require a copy of your bank statement which clearly shows your name, address, account number and sort code.

How to apply for the Learner Bursary

In most cases, the application will be completed at the point of enrolment and/or Induction. Learners are entitled to one application and one course only per year. Other applications will only be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Learner Development.

For more information or to apply please speak to a member of staff in the Learner Hub or email

Travel expenses reimbursement

 The Learner Bursary provides a contribution towards financial support to those incurring travel expenses as part of their study.

The amount of support for travel is based on the learner’s address (London postcodes only), the WAES centre of study and the days that the study takes place.

Contribution towards the cost of travel:

  • For journeys 1 mile or less, a contribution towards bus travel up to £2 per day and a maximum of £6 per week.
  • For journeys involving more than one bus/ tube, a contribution towards travels up to £5 per day and a maximum of £12 per week.
  • In exceptional circumstances, WAES could pay higher.

WAES will not backdate travel and applications will be processed once we have received your full application including evidence.

Learner Bursary Policy

View our Learner Bursary Policy.

Further information

If you require advice about other sources of financial help, please speak to a Learner Experience Officer.

Futher information is available from the Department for Education.


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