Fees and funding for school leavers
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 Services 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
Am I eligible for funding?
Our Student Services team are 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 Student Services finance:
Government Student Finance — Click here
Additional financial support:
Studying on benefits
Recent welfare reforms have meant some changes to the type of government benefits that you may be able to claim. You may be able to study while claiming benefits. We recommend you seek advice about studying and claiming benefits before you start a college course. You can enquire at JobCentrePlus or alternatively, contact Student Services.
Welfare and financial support
Welfare advice is available to help learners with a variety of issues whilst they are at college. Information and advice is available for all learners covering a wide range of issues, including:
- Financial Support for FE and HE learners
- Grants and Bursaries
- Welfare Benefits and other money matters
To apply for funding you will need to complete an application form available from Student Services. We can help you to complete the forms and make sure you get the financial support you need.