Financial support for you
2016 - 2017
There are several elements to the financial support available:
- Guaranteed Bursary of £1,200* for students in most need and who meet the criteria
- Income-assessed Bursary for students who meet The College’s Income Assessed Bursary Criteria
- Childcare Support Bursary for students who are eligible for childcare support payments
- Hardship Fund – an emergency fund for students who experience short-term financial hardship and are struggling to meet costs associated with College
*All figures are based on the financial support available in 2016/17. These figures may change for the 2017/18 academic year.
1) Guaranteed Bursary
Those most in need will be eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary of £1,200 a year. You will be eligible for this bursary if you are:
- in care or a care leaver
- a young person receiving income support (e.g. young parents, young people living independently, young people who are registered as disabled)
- or a young person receiving both Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance
A subsidised college meal (value of £2.41 per day), subject to the completion of additional form.
2) Income-Assessed Bursary
College will provide an Income-Assessed Bursary to students who meet our criteria. This will be:
A subsidised college meal (value of £2.41 per day), subject to the completion of additional form PLUS
One of the following -
- An annual travel pass (either Solo or Trio B1 Zone)
Other travel options maybe available - a valid written reason should be submitted with a completed application
- a bus pass to cover the college’s own direct bus services from Heswall/ Pensby/Neston and South Wirral areas with 5 termly payments of £20 (21st Oct, 23rd Dec , 17th Feb, 21st Apr & 9th June)
- £250 payable in 5 x £50 instalments (21st Oct, 23rd Dec , 17th Feb, 21st Apr & 9th June)
Payments for part-time students will be pro-rota
* All bursary options are subject to satisfactory attendance and attitude to learning
You will be eligible for a bursary if your parents receive any of the following:
- 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
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
3) Childcare Support Bursary
This is available to students who are eligible for childcare support payments; you must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled on an accredited course
- If the course is a Level 2 qualification you must be aged 19+ and fully funded
- If the course is a Level 3 qualification you must be aged between 19+ and in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan
- Provide evidence that you are paying for childcare support and that your childcare support is Ofsted registered. Evidence should be provided for each child.
- Achieve 95% attendance
Payment of £200 per child is payable in 4 instalments (19th Dec, 27th Feb, 17th Apr & end of course) subject to the completion of a Childcare Support Application form.
What do I need to do to apply for a Bursary?
Apply now if you meet the eligibility criteria for a Guaranteed Bursary or an Income-assessed Bursary. You need to complete an application form and return it to Learner Services as soon as possible. Application forms are available from the College website or from Learner Services Office. Please make sure that you include the appropriate evidence with your application.
We will assess your application and send a “Notice of Entitlement” explaining how much bursary you will receive.
RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY – Applications should be submitted before end of term to guarantee that your bursary will be available at the start of term. New student applications will be accepted but not be processed until enrolment has taken place.
How will I get my Bursary?
The Bursary will be paid in instalments directly into the young person’s bank account:
· Guaranteed Bursary will be paid in weekly instalments
· Income-assessed Bursary will be paid in 5 instalments (21st Oct, 23rd Dec , 17th Feb, 21st Apr & 9th June)
What can the money be spent on?
The money is for transport, books, meals or other course-related costs needed to help you to succeed at College.
Will I automatically get this money / bus pass?
No, all bursary options are subject to satisfactory attendance and attitude to learning.