Full-Time learners aged 16-19 years may be entitled to claim a financial bursary of up to £40 per week, a free meal and travel expenses dependant on their situation. The bursary will only be paid if 100% attendance and satisfactory behaviour is achieved.
The bursary is available under two categories – The automatic bursary and the discretionary bursary.
If a learner falls into any of the following categories, they will automatically be entitled to the bursary fund:
Learners who are eligible within the categories listed above must complete a bursary application form and attach the relevant information
A letter from the Benefits Agency confirming benefit entitlement
Written confirmation of their ‘looked after’ status from the Local Authority or Leaving Care Services
The bursary of £40 per week will be paid for 100% attendance and satisfactory behaviour.
Those who do not qualify for the automatic entitlement may be entitled to a discretionary bursary to help with buying books and equipment etc.
Learners supported by households earning £25,000pa or less will be eligible for discretionary funding. The learner must complete a bursary application form and attach the relevant evidence for each parent / guardian in the household.
A bursary of £30 per week will be paid for 100% attendance and satisfactory behaviour.
Learners who are in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits are entitled to a free meal;
To apply for Free meals you will need to complete a “Free Meals” Application form and you will need to provide evidence of receipt of benefits.
Learners must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August to be eligible for a free meal in that academic year. Learners who turn 19 during their full time course will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.
All learners on full time courses can claim for any travel that is needed to attend their training programme or placements. The learner will need to complete a Travel Claim form.
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