Financial support is available to students whose families have a low household income or eligible benefits are claimed such as Income Support, ESA, Universal Credit, Pension Credit or Tax Credits showing the household income.
Support is provided with course related costs such as books, equipment kits & uniform, travel costs, art materials, trips, miscellaneous fees, resit exam fees, UCAS fees, meals, work experience costs etc.
Bursaries for students aged 16-19
The household income must be under £25,000 or eligible benefits claimed.
There are two types of bursaries:
Higher Bursary - for students who are in care, care leavers or claiming their own Income Support, Universal credit, ESA plus DLA or ESA plus PIP. Evidence of benefits or a letter from the Social Worker to confirm the care status is required. Bursary is £150 paid monthly on 90% attendance.
Discretionary Bursary - this bursary is paid twice in the academic year, at the end of January and end of April. The amount depends on the students household income and could be either £200 for the lower incomes or £150 for the higher incomes. Household income must be under £25,000 or means tested benefits claimed, such as Income Support, ESA, Tax Credits, Pension Credit Guarantee and Universal Credit. Bursary is paid on 90% attendance.
Students aged 19 and over with an EHC Plan and those aged 19 who are continuing onto the 2nd year of a two-year course, may also be eligible if the household income is under £25,000.
Tap & Eat Meals Scheme - a free lunch is available for the students timetabled days. Students need to be 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 Learner Support Funding is available for students aged 19, studying courses at Levels 1 and 2 and
their first level 3. Students can receive financial support for
course related costs such as books, equipment, trips and also travel costs if
living outside of Havering. Student Services can also help with the cost of
childcare fees for students aged 20 and over. The students income must be under
£21,000 or means tested benefits claimed.
All financial support is subject to available funding.
Application forms are available from Student Services. For more details on the assistance available for your age group, please contact Student Services on 01708 462718.