Financial Support: Students aged 16-18
All further education courses are free if you are a UK resident and aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August in the year you start your studies. Depending upon your circumstances, the following financial support packages may also be available.
16-18 Bursary Fund
The 16-18 Bursary Fund is for young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education after 16. It can be used to contribute towards the cost of a College bus pass and essential course equipment, educational visits, etc. Two types of bursary are available:
a Bursary of £1,200 a year to young people who:
- are in care/care leavers, or
- are receiving income support (or universal credit), or
- have a disability and receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or universal credit and personal independence payments).
a Discretionary Bursary for students who are most in need. Priority will be given to:
- students eligible for free College meals
- students whose families receive child/working tax credit and/or annual gross household
income less than £22,000.
Free College Meals
As well as the bursary fund, some students may receive free college meals. You will be eligible for these if you or your parent(s) receive one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- State Pension Credit (guarantee element)
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not working/not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
- Universal Credit (during initial roll out)
Further advice and application forms are available from Student Services on 01772 622677 ext 2135 or by emailing email@example.com