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Student Services

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Financial Assistance 16-19

Further Education

Student Services are available to offer students information, advice and guidance regarding financial support whilst studying. Assistance will be given to access appropriate funding this includes personal one to one appointments as well as group presentations.

16-19 Bursary Fund

Students aged 16 and under 19 on the 31st August 2016 who have a household income of £16,500 (per year) or under can apply for a 16-19 discretionary bursary and a contribution towards course related costs such as books, equipment and travel.

Those students who are care leavers, in care, receiving their own Income Support, ESA with DLA or ESA with PIP, may be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 for the academic year.

Students who have a household income above £16,500 but under £21,000 (per year) may be eligible to apply for discretionary funding for course related costs from the 16-19 bursary fund (subject to funding).

Free College Meals

Students aged 16 and under 19 on 31st August 2016, whose parents are out of work and claiming out of work benefits, can apply for Free College Meals. Eligible benefits are Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Based ESA, Guarantee element of Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit with a household income of under £16,190 and Universal Credit.

Also eligible are students supported under the part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Students aged 19-25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health Care Plan (EHC plan) are also eligible they or their parents receive one of the eligible benefits above.

Care to Learn Funding

You can claim Care to Learn if you are a parent who is under 20 years old at the start of your course and studying at College. Care to Learn pays childcare fees while you attend college. You can get up to £160 per child per week if you live outside London or £175 per child per week if you live in London.
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For more information and application forms for any of this funding, please contact Student Services on 01708 462 718

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