Financial assistance is available to students whose families are on means tested benefits, or have a low household income of under £21,000 per year. You may be eligible for a contribution towards your course related costs such as books, equipment, materials, travel costs and childcare fees
The 16-19 Discretionary Bursary is available to students aged 16 but under 19 on 31st August 2017. Students or their parents need to be receiving a means tested benefit to be eligible with a household income of under £16,500 per year. A termly bursary (grant) is paid to eligible students based on good attendance.
Students who are aged 19 and over with an EHC Plan can also apply for a bursary if they or their parents receive means tested benefits and the household income is under £16,500.
New for 2017-2018 Academic Year
Continuing students aged 19, who were enrolled on a 2-year course at the age of 18 can also apply for a bursary if they meet the eligibility criteria. Only certain courses are eligible and you should be continuing onto the second year of a 2-year course. Please enquire at Student Services for more information.
The 16-19 Vulnerable Bursary is available to students who are In Care, Leaving Care, claiming their own Income Support, or claiming Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance together, or Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments together. A monthly bursary (grant) is paid to eligible students who have good attendance.
Further Education - Free College Meals are available for students aged 16-18, 19 and over with an EHC Plan, aged 19 and continuing onto year 2 of a two-year course.Students or their parents need to be in receipt of a means tested benefit such as Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Pension Credit, or receive Child Tax Credit with a household income of under £16,190.
Care to Learn
Students aged under 20 at the start of their course can apply for Care to Learn to pay childcare fees while you study. You need to be the main carer for your child, live in the UK and be a British citizen or a national of an EEA country. Your childcare provider must be Ofsted Registered and can be a day nursery, a childminder, a pre school playgroup or an out of school club. Care to Learn pays up to £160 per week if you live outside of London or £175 per week if you live in London. Care to Learn also helps with the cost of a deposit and registration fees, taster sessions, taking your child to their childminder and keeping your place over the summer. Applications can be made online at https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn
The Advanced Learner Loan is available for students aged 19 and over, studying eligible courses at Level 3-6. The loan is available to pay course tuition fees only, and must be paid back once you earn over £21,000. Please note if you are aged 19-23 and this is your first Level 3 qualification, you may get your tuition fees waived.
Please check this with our Admissions Team before applying for the loan. To be eligible, students need to be resident in the UK (have right of abode or Leave to Remain in UK) for 3 years prior to the start of the course and have a National Insurance Number. Applications for the Advanced Learner Loan can be made online at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview.
Please note this is a Government Loan that will incur interest. Your loan application will be assessed by the Student Loan Company. We recommend you read all the information about the Advanced Learner Loan on the Gov.uk website before applying for the loan.
Once you have an approved loan you can access financial support with course related costs such as travel costs and childcare. Household income needs to be under £21,000 and means tested benefits claimed. You can apply on a Discretionary Funding application form below, giving evidence of benefits and household income plus evidence of your approved loan.
Discretionary support is available for students aged 19 and over, studying courses at Levels 1 and 2 and their first level 3, can also receive financial support for course related costs. Students can apply on a Discretionary Funding application for financial support with books, equipment, trips and travel costs if living outside of Havering. Student Services can also help with the cost of childcare fees for students aged 20 and over. Household income must be under £21,000 and means tested benefits claimed.
All financial support is subject to available funding.
Please see application forms below. For more details on the assistance available for your age group, please contact Student Services on 01708 462718.