Financial help is available

 

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.

 

Automatic Entitlement

If a learner falls into any of the following categories, they will automatically be entitled to the bursary fund:

  • A Young person in care
  • A Care leaver
  • A learner is in receipt of Income Support (or the new Universal Credit benefit)
  • A disabled learner in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (or the new Universal Credit benefit) and Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independent Payment benefit)

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

Or

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.

 

Discretionary Fund

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.

  • If working – Proof of income (a P60)
  • If receiving tax credits / working tax credits – A copy of the HM Revenue & Customs Tax credit award form
  • If receiving benefits such as Job seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance (or the new Universal Credit benefit), Income support (or the new Universal Credit benefit), Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independent
  • Payment benefit)etc – A copy of the letter that shows the amount awarded.
  • PLEASE NOTE that we do not take into account any income received from child benefit or Disability Living Allowance (Personal Independent Payments) received by (or on behalf of) a dependant.

A bursary of £30 per week will be paid for 100% attendance and satisfactory behaviour.

 

Who is eligible for free meals?

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;

  • income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

 

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.

Who is eligible to claim for transport costs?

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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