Associates travel bursary 2021/22

All Associate students travelling over 150 miles one-way to their Associate Centre may apply for a travel bursary. This includes households that don’t qualify for means tested financial assistance.

Those qualifying households receiving means tested financial help with their fees and uniform may also claim a travel bursary if they travel more than 75 miles one-way to their Associate classes.

Travel bursaries are a contribution to your travel expenses and we will not be able to reimburse all travel costs. Costs are calculated at 25p per mile per session attended and the table below sets out the percentage of the cost that the bursary then covers.

The miles in the table below is the distance from your home to the Associate venue, one way, not a return journey.

Miles from Associate Centre
Receive Financial Assistance of 50% or more
Receive Financial Assistance of less than 50%
No Financial Assistance with Associate fees
0-74 miles 0% 0% 0%
75-150 miles 50% 25% 0%
151+ miles 100% 50% 25%

The bursary award will be based on the number of miles to and from the student’s home address and Associate centre. A copy of the AA Route Planner directions to back up your mileage claim is to be submitted as evidence alongside your financial application.

The maximum individual travel bursary award is capped at £1,000 for the year.

The travel bursary is paid in two instalments. The first instalment of 50% of the expected total bursary is paid in late December. The second instalment is paid after the end of the academic year, in August, and will reflect any adjustment for the number of sessions attended during the total year. We are unable to contribute to travel costs if a student did not attend class.

If the student withdraws from class during the year then you will be liable to repay the proportion of travel grant made but unused to the School.

Please note: parents or guardians must apply for financial assistance each year, and must supply the new supporting documents relevant for that year’s application. Failure to provide the supporting documents precludes us from being able to process your application. Please note that this year we will be unable to process any means testing applications that are received after 31 July 2021.

If your financial circumstances change during the year please contact [email protected] to discuss matters further. We may be able to help if we are aware of the situation. All conversations with the Finance team are strictly confidential.

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