Funding & finance for school leavers & adult learners
School Leavers (16 to 18)
Younger Learners aged 16 — 18 do not pay any Tuition/Registration or exam and registration fees, but they may be required to buy course equipment, uniform / protective clothing or books.
To be eligible for the 16 to 19 bursary you must be 18 or under on 31 August 2016 and fall under one (or more) of the requirements: Looked After Child / Care Leaver / Receiving Income Support/Universal Credit in their own right / Disabled and receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
Students eligible for the bursary will receive £1,200 for the year paid monthly. We as a College will also consider awarding the bursary to young carers
Learner Support Fund
Younger Learners can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related equipment, kit and travel. It should be noted that funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.
Student free meals support
The Government has extended the student free meals support to students from lower income families attending further education courses.
This means that if you were in receipt of free meals whilst at school and are aged 16 to 18, you may still receive an allowance towards your lunch. In order to be eligible, you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child tax credit with a gross income of less than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run on — paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Application forms will be posted out to all 16-18 year old students in August. If you think you may be eligible, please call into the Student Advice Centre to see a member of the Student Finance/Welfare team.
Childcare Expenses, including travel expenses to and from a childcare provider for young parents aged 16 — 19 can be accessed through the national Care2Learn scheme
Adult Learners (19+)
Full-Time/Part Time Tuition Fees differ from course to course. For information on course fees contact 0161 296 5511
Tuition Fees are payable by adult learners unless the following applies:
- They are studying for their first Level 1 or 2 qualification and are aged 19-23 years on the day that they start the course not the day they enrol.
- Their first level 3 qualification and are aged 19-23 on the day that they start the course not the day that they enrol.
- They are studying up to Level 2 and they are unemployed and in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits: Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
Advanced Learning Loan
Students aged 19 to 23 on Level 3 or 4 courses who already hold a Level 3 qualification may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
Students aged 24 and over on Level 3 or 4 courses may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of the Tuition Fees. Any exam/registration fees will not be covered by the loan.
Students aged 19+ on Level 3 or 4 courses from low income households or receiving benefits and in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan can applyÂ to the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund for additional help with the costs of course related equipment, kit, travel, books and childcare.
Learner Support Fund
Adult Learners on courses up to Level 2 from low income households or receiving benefits can apply to the Learner Support Fund for additional help with the costs of course related equipment, kit, travel, books and childcare. It should be noted that these funds are limited and no awards can be guaranteed to students.
Council Tax Exemption
Any full time FE or HE students aged 18 and over can also apply for Council Tax Exemption from their Local Authority. Council Tax Exemption Certificates are available from the Enrolment Booths within Student Services.
Am I eligible for funding?
Our Student Financial Support Team is ready and waiting to help with information, advice and support on a range of fees and finance issues related to your study. Please see the government’s student finance web pages or contact the Student Finance Team:
Tel: 0161 296 6058
Government Student Finance — Click here