Financial Support for students

There are several schemes for young people who are need of some financial support to help them remain in education. Some schemes are managed by the College and some are provided by external agencies. You will find information below for each scheme regarding eligibility and how to apply.

There are 2 types of 16-19 bursaries:

Vulnerable Bursary

This bursary is for students who are considered to be the most in need and to help relieve some of the financial pressures they may have with attending College. Students would receive up to £1,200 over the College academic year by fortnightly payments into their bank account.

To be eligible for this bursary students must be aged 16-18 on 31st August and either be:

  • In care
  • A care leaver
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • Receiving either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments AND Employment & Support Allowance

16 – 18 Discretionary Funding

This funding is designed to help with the additional costs involved with attending College eg: transport to College, trips, course materials & equipment. There are different levels of funding within this bursary, the details of what is included in each income bracket are listed on the application form.

To be eligible to apply for this funding students must be:

  • Be aged 16-18 on 31 August 2019
  • Be aged 19 on 31st August 2019 and continuing on a course that they began when aged 16-18 (19+ continuers)
  • Be aged 19-24 on 31st August 2019 with a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Studying a ‘funded’ course at Cirencester College (apprenticeships are NOT eligible)
  • UK resident or meet sufficient residency criteria
  • Living in a household where the total income is below £35,000 per year (this includes earned income, benefit payments and Working & Child Tax credits)

To apply you will need to send a completed application form along with the relevant supporting evidence listed on the form.

These Government funded meals are for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August or 19-24 with a current EHCP and whose parents are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • 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 you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with gross income of no more than £16,190 or less as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7400 per annum

If you are eligible, an allocation would be loaded onto your College ID card to use in the catering outlets on site for each day that you are timetabled to be at College.

To apply you will need to send a completed application form along with the relevant supporting evidence listed on the form.

If you are aged 19 or over and wish to study for a level 3 or above qualification you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your fees.

You can apply for a loan once you have enrolled on a course and the application doesn’t depend on your income and is not subject to credit checks. You only need to start paying back your loan when you’ve finished your course and are earning over £25,000.

Eligibility


To be eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan you must:

  • Be 19+ on the first day of your course
  • Meet the nationality/residency status outlined here.
  • Your course must qualify for the Advanced Learner Loan. To find out if your course qualifies please ask a member of our Student Journey Team.

Information on Fees


For the most recent and up to date information around fees for any of our adult courses please contact Student Journey for tailored advice for your circumstances and course you wish to study.

 

How to Apply


Check with us that your course qualifies for the Advanced Learner Loan.

If it does you will be given a ‘Learning and Funding Information Letter’ (LAFIL) by Student Journey at enrolment this will contain all the information you will need to make the loan application. Please go to the Student Finance England website to apply.

 

Repayment


Some people repay something, some people repay nothing, some people repay everything.

Depending on when you started your course this will dictate which repayment plan you are on. Follow this easy guide to determine which repayment plan you will follow. This will also explain what the interest rates are on your loans.

 

Useful Information


https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/student-finance/

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

This funding is designed to help with the additional costs involved with attending College eg: transport to College, course materials & equipment.

To be eligible to apply for this funding students must be:

  • Aged 19 or over at the start of the course
  • Applied and been approved for an Advanced Learner Loan
  • UK resident or meet sufficient residency criteria
  • Living in a household where the total income is under £20,817 per year

To apply you will need to send a completed application form along with the relevant supporting evidence listed on the form.

 

The 2019/20 application form will be available from August 1st

Care to Learn – childcare funding for students aged under 20

This scheme is available for young parents who need help with the cost of childcare while studying at College. This funding is not means tested and will pay for childcare with your chosen provider as long as they are registered with Ofsted.

For more information on the scheme and how to apply please visit their website https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

Please note that as part of the application process you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate into College for us to verify. This is important as your application cannot be finalised until this evidence has been provided.

Some useful websites:

TURN2US       https://www.turn2us.org.uk

Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially

PROPEL           https://propel.org.uk/UK

Propel is brought to you by Become, the charity for children in care and young care leavers. We provide help, support and advice so that young people who spend time in care can unleash their potential and take control of their lives.

CITIZENS ADVICE                 https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Citizens Advice provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to help people overcome their problems.