Please note: The information below is correct at time of publication (April 2020).
Discretionary Learner Support Fund:
This is a discretionary fund allocated to low income households, earning under £25,521 a year or receiving qualifying benefits, on a first come, first served basis subject to priorities set by the college.
Students aged 16+ can apply for funding to support the additional costs involved in their course. These may include:
- Travel to college
- Meals on campus
- Course equipment and books
- University visits and interviews
- Course trips
16-19 Vulnerable Bursary:
A bursary of up to £1,200 for the academic year may be awarded to students who are:
- In care or a care leaver
- Living independently on Universal Credits or Income Support
- Disabled and receiving Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Allowance or Personal Independent Payments
FREE College Meals:
You may be entitled if you are:
- 16-18 when you start an eligible course
- 19 continuing on an eligible course
- 19-25 with an EHCP
and in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run on (paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding £7,400 per year
Meals may also be awarded, at the College’s discretion, to students who have applied for discretionary support and meet the income threshold criteria.
Care to Learn Funding:
Government funding is available for young parents to help with nursery fees. More information can be found at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.