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If your household income is below £34,000 per year you can apply for a bursary to support your success in your studies.

Apply at our online portal using your student number -

You can download a step by step guide to help you use the portal here.

Once we have received your application we will get in touch to let you know what type of support we can put in place. This might be a free bus pass to help you get to classes, or money on your student ID card to spend in the canteens.

Bus Pass Information

If you are awarded a bursary and live more than a mile away from college, we may offer you a free bus pass. This will be issued to you electronically and must only be used by you, in conjunction with your student ID card. All passes are subject to satisfactory attendance of 90% and above. Attendance below this level may result in your pass being cancelled.

Low Cost Bus Passes

If you are not eligible for a bursary and a free bus pass, we offer a low cost bus pass instead.

£65* per term Blackburn area travel pass
If you live in any of the following areas: Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Rishton, Rising Bridge or Feniscowles the low cost travel pass is £65 per term.

£85* per term Lancashire area travel pass
Our £85 per term Lancashire Travel pass is available if you're not elgible for the Free Travel Pass and you live in: Bacup, Barnoldswick, Bolton, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Colne, Haslingden, Helmshore, Nelson, Padiham, Preston, Rawtenstall, Whalley or Wilpshire.

*Prices shown are for the 2023/24 academic year.


To purchase your low-cost bus pass

You can purchase your bus pass by making an online payment here, quoting the invoice number as:

Bus Pass for [student name and date of birth]

Please note passes will be issued within 3 working days of payment being received. All bus passes are issued electronically for use on a mobile device. To use the bus pass simply:

  1. Download the Transdev Go app (available on Google Play and the App Store) to your smart phone
  2. Click the link in the email to activate the pass in your app
  3. Present your ticket in the app when travelling on the bus
    Please also make sure that you have your college ID card with you as the Bus Driver may also request to see this.


Childcare funding for students aged 16-19 years

If you have dependent children and require childcare to enable you to attend a full-time course, you can apply for full funding from Care to Learn. Please click here for more information.


Blackburn College offers a limited number of £1000 scholarships to students who can demonstrate dedication to their success in their chosen field. For further information please contact us on the information below.

Contact us

If you would like to speak to an adviser about your personal circumstances please contact us on

Please be aware as funds are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, completion of an early application is recommended. Applications missing evidence of household income will be marked as incomplete and will not be assessed until all information is received.

Any applications or evidence received after 30/06/23 may mean your support is not in place for the start of your course, due to the high volume of assessments required during this time.