We offer a bursary scheme for students designed to support young people who may face barriers in continuing their education.
You will qualify for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200 per year if:
- you are a young person in care or leaving care
- you are in receipt of income support in your own right
- you are a disabled young person in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
You may qualify for a discretionary bursary if:
- you can prove financial need based on household income
- you have specific travel challenges when attending the college
Bursaries will be provided in the form of discounted bus passes, free school meals (see below) or payments into your bank account.
For more information please call Student Services on 02380 514720.
Free School Meals
The provision of free school meals has been extended to some students aged 16-18, meaning some students may be eligible for a daily free meal from our college cafe. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please complete our Financial Assistance Application Form
During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.
Payment is due at enrolment and we offer a 10% discount if you pay on time. Further details can be found in our Money Matters leaflet, which you can download here.
All daytime students will be asked to pay a college deposit of £50 when they enrol at Richard Taunton. This deposit will be returned in full upon leaving college, provided we are not left with any of these costs:
- The cost of replacing books or equipment which are not returned
- The cost of repairing damage caused to loaned items, college equipment or fixtures and fittings
- The cost of registering and entering for exams or coursework which were not completed
Almost all of our students do not have to pay tuition fees because their education is paid for by government funding. If you are 19 or over on 31 August of the year you start college, or if you have not lived in the UK / EU for the past thee years, you may possibly have to pay tuition fees.
More information can be found under the ‘Apply’ section of our website.