Money to Study - Student Financial Support
We have a variety of financial support options, depending on your age, the level of your course and what type of income you or your household have.
Who Can Apply for Financial Support?
Students must maintain minimum attendance of 80% each week. If your attendance drops below this in a week we monitor attendance, you will not receive payment. Consistent absences can lead to some funding such as Childcare being withdrawn.
· 16-19 with household income under £30,000
· 19+ students studying under level 3 with household income under £30,000
· 19+ students in receipt of Advanced Learning Loan with household income below £30,000 - Advanced Learner Loan Bursary
· Students studying Higher Education Courses with us - HE Opportunity Fund
· Unaccompanied Asylum seekers under 18 who have not had their application for asylum refused are not eligible for financial payments, but can be supported with pre-paid travel cards, meal vouchers and cost of educational visits and trips
· Students can also apply for a one off payment if they face a challenging change in circumstances. Depending on circumstances this may be a loan and be paid pack to the college - Hardship Loan and Fund
Funding is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Meeting the eligibility does not guarantee an award.
What support can you apply for:
You can apply for which is the most important, but also indicate other support that you might need.
· Help towards books and equipment
· Help towards cost of educational visits and trips
· Help towards cost of lunch
· Help towards cost of travel
· Help towards other course-associated costs
· Some students can also apply for support towards Childcare costs.
All Childcare providers must be OFSTED registered. You are responsible for paying for your childcare until application has been processed - this can take up to 4 weeks.
· Aged 16-20 -apply for Care to Learn. Contact 0800 121 8989 and visit www.gov.uk/care-tolearn to apply.
· Aged 20+ Childcare - household income of £30,000 or below - apply via our online application
All payments will be made directly to the childcare provider.
Free College Meals
Students aged between 16-18, Looked after young people and 19-24 year olds in receipt of an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) are eligible for Free College Meals. This is subject to you providing the relevant documents. This will happen automatically when you apply for any financial support option.
What documents do I need to bring?
**stars indicate documents for Free College Meals
The address on your documents must match the address we have for you at the college
PROOF OF ID - Passport, birth certificate, EU ID Card, Leave to remain card or letter from home office
BANK DETAILS - statement or card with both account number and sort code on.
INCOME INFORMATION FOR YOU OR PARENT/GUARDIAN
· Last 3 recent payslips, P60 or self assessment form/statement from accountant if self employed
· **Income Support
· Housing Benefit
· Contribution based or **Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
· Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (**Child Tax credit ONLY with income £16,190 or below)
· **Disability Living Allowance, **Personal Independence Payment or **Educational Health Care Plan
· Council Tax Reduction Scheme
· **If you are a young person in care, a letter from your social worker stating your income and what section you are under
· **Universal Credit
· Contribution based or **Income Related Employment Support Allowance
· Pension Credit (provided it includes the **guarantee element)
· Advanced Learning Loan (19+) Letter or HE Student Finance loan letter - you must provide this if you are receiving a loan