Bursary and Free College Meals
The College has funding to provide financial support for students who have the greatest financial need. Students who fit the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for the Bursary and Free College Meal. The Bursary and Free College Meal schemes is assessed on:
- Student Vulnerability: This means that the student is in care, leaving care, living independently, a young parent or is disabled and currently receive Employment Support allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Personal Independent Payments.
- Bursary criteria: Total Household Income under £20,000 This includes whatever income your family receives (salary, pensions, benefits and/or tax credits) on an annual basis.
- Free College meal criteria: A benefit from the department of Works and Pension, Child tax Credit with an annual gross income no more than £16,190 a year, Universal Credit with an annual net income not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 a year
Attendance criteria: Student’s will be expected to maintain attendance of 90% or above so that any point in the term when attendance is checked they will be able to receive financial support. It is the responsibility of all students to regularly check dashboard to ensure that the attendance is correct.
Students will need to begin the application process on student dashboard and attend a Bursary assessment interview in order for a decision to be made. They will need to bring the following documents to the interview:
- Parent/carer income evidence
- Signed parent/carer declaration form
- Student bank statement
If the student does not have a bank account in his/her own name this will need to be done as soon as possible. Bursary payments will not be made into another person’s account.
A decision can only be made on an application once all of these documents are provided. If a student does not have a bank account in their own name they will need to do so as soon as possible.
If approved Students may receive contributions towards the cost of:
- Travel to and from college
- Travel to work placement (where applicable)
- Course Equipment
- Educational trips
- Help to buy a laptop
Please note: The financial support provided is subject to funding provision.
For further information, please contact the college on 02085233544 and ask for the Bursary and Welfare Co-ordinator.
Child Care Costs
If you are a student who is also a parent there is support for child care costs. You need to contact Care to Learn on 08001218989. (Payment of the Care to Learn fund is dependent on 100% attendance, completion of all work, punctuality and satisfactory effort.) Details will be provided to all students upon request. For further details log on to www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.
Students can arrange an appointment with the Student Bursary and Welfare Coordinator to discuss their financial difficulties and based on this assessment they may be eligible to receive a lunch allowance, travel allowance and support with exam re-sits. If you need extra financial help in an emergency you can speak to a member of staff from the Student Support team.
Deadline for the first term will be Friday 12th October. Any applications submitted after this date, will not be assessed until January 2019.