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. There are three schemes that students can apply for.
- Vulnerable bursary: Students who are ‘looked after’ by the Local Authority, Leaving care, living independently or a young parent can apply for this bursary. Disabled students in receipt of Employment Support allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Personal Independent Payments will also be eligible.
- Discretionary bursary: In order for students to be eligible for this bursary the total household income must be under £20,000. This includes all income the family receives (i.e. salary, pension, benefits) on an annual basis.
- Free College meal criteria: Parents/carers must meet the following criteria.
- A benefit from the department of Works and Pension i.e. Employment Support Allowance
- 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 to lessons and entry periods 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 their attendance to ensure that the register is correct.
Students will need to begin the application process on student dashboard and attend a Bursary assessment interview where a decision will be made. They will need to bring the following documents to the interview:
- Parent/carer income evidence (post April 2019)
- 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 paid into another person’s account. A decision can only be made on an application once all of these documents are provided.
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
- 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.