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Financial Assistance 16-19

Further Education Funding for Learners aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017

Student Services are able to offer financial support to learners who are financially disadvantaged. Assistance will be given to access appropriate funding by a confidential appointment with a member of Student Services.
Discretionary Bursary Fund

Full-time learners whose parents receive means-tested benefits, and have a household income of under £16,500 per year, can apply for a discretionary bursary and a contribution towards course-related costs such as books and equipment. A contribution towards travel costs will be considered if travelling from outside of Havering Borough.

Eligible benefits are:

Benefits documents are required with the bursary application.

The discretionary bursary is paid to learners each term based on attendance. Learners should aim to achieve a 90% record of attendance to receive bursary payments. The amount paid depends on the funds available.

If no benefits are received but the household income is between £16,500 and £21,000 per year, learners can apply for discretionary assistance with course related costs only, such as books, equipment and also travel costs if travelling from outside of Havering Borough.

Higher Bursary Funds

Full-time learners who are in care, care leavers or receiving their own Income SupportESA with DLA or ESA with PIP, may be eligible for a bursary of up to £1,200 for the academic year. Evidence of the learner's care status or their benefits is required with the bursary application. Learners studying on a course less than 30 weeks will be paid on a pro rata bursary.

This bursary is £134 per month and paid to learners based on attendance. Learners should aim for a 90% record of attendance to receive bursary payments.

Learners will need their own bank account for bursary payments to be made unless the learner is unable to manage their own account.

Free College Meals

Learners whose parents claim means-tested benefits can apply for Free College Meals. Eligible benefits are:

Household income must be under £16,190 per year.

Free Meals are available to the following learners:

  • Learners aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017
  • Learners aged 19+ who have an Education & Health & Care Plan (EHC plan) are also eligible if they or their parents receive one of the eligible benefits above and the household income is under £16,190 per year
  • Learners aged 19 who are continuing on the same study programme that they studied age 16-18. (Learners who enrolled on 2-year courses aged 18 and are continuing onto year 2 of the same course aged 19)
  • Also eligible are learners supported under the part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Documents to show Home Office financial support are required.

Payment for meals is by placing the learner's ID card on a card reader like a cashless payment.

Application forms can be obtained from Student Services. If you would like more information on any financial support, please contact Student Services on 01708 462718

Care to Learn Childcare Funding

Learners aged under 20 at the start of their course, can apply for Care to Learn to pay childcare fees for the days they attend college. Learners can claim up to £160 per child per week if living outside of London or £175 per child per week if living in London. Assistance with paying deposits and settling in days is also available. 

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