Financial Support

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.

The information below is for the current academic year 2020/21.

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. Depending on the level of support needed, the bursary can pay up to £1,200 over the College academic year to a young person who is participating on a study programme lasting 30 weeks (pro-rata payments for less than 30 weeks).

The full amount is not guaranteed as in some cases, a young person might meet the eligibility criteria but not have an actual financial need in order to continue to participate in education. This might be because their financial needs are already met and/or they have little or no educational-related costs (eg. no travel costs or course related costs). In these cases, there may be a possibility of no award or only a partial award.

To be eligible for this bursary students must be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021 and must either be:

  • In care or a care leaver
  • Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name because they are financially supporting themselves or someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
  • Receiving either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name AND Employment & Support Allowance or Universal credit in their own name

Students in receipt of either Income support or Universal Credit also need to provide documentation confirming independent status eg a tenancy agreement (in the student’s name) or a letter from the landlord. If they have a child either the child’s birth certificate or child benefit notice would be required.

Students aged 19 or over are NOT eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary.

16 – 19 Discretionary Bursary

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. Exam remarks and re-sits are NOT covered.

All discounts / allowances are normally dealt with ‘in house’. Receipts will be required for any items bought from an external supplier.

To be eligible to apply for this funding students must:

·         Be aged 16-18 on 31 August 2021

·         Be aged 19 on 31st August 2021 and continuing on a course that they began when aged 16-18 (19+ continuers)

·         Be aged 19-24 on 31st August 2021 with a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

·         Studying an ESFA ‘funded’ course at Cirencester College (apprenticeships are NOT eligible)

·         UK resident or meet sufficient residency criteria

·         Living in a household where the total household income is below £35,000 per year (this includes earned income, benefit payments and Working & Child Tax credits)

The bursary fund cannot be used to:

  • provide learning support – services that institutions give to students – for example, counselling, mentoring or extra tutoring
  • support extra-curricular activities where these are not essential to the students’ study programme
  • support general household incomes

 

To apply, please print off the application form below, complete and return it with the relevant supporting evidence to: Student Journey Team, Cirencester College, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1XA.

Alternatively, please use the fillable PDF and email it along with the relevant supporting evidence to CCLB@cirencester.ac.uk

These Government funded meals are for students who are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021 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
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed 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 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7400 per annum. (Parents who are self-employed will need to complete a self-employment declaration form).

 

Eligible students will have an allocation loaded onto their student ID card each day that they attend College to use in the Refectory or the Spotlight.

Free meals are available to the student from the point that their application is approved and cannot be backdated.

To apply, please print off the application form below, complete and return it with the relevant supporting evidence to: Student Journey Team, Cirencester College, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1XA.

Alternatively, please use the fillable PDF and email it along with the relevant supporting evidence to CCLB@cirencester.ac.uk

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/

 Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund

This funding is only available to students that have taken out an Advanced Learner loan to fund their course. It is designed to help with the additional costs involved with attending College eg: transport to College, course related costs (books, equipment, trips), professional membership fees, childcare costs.

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 £25,595 per year

 

The application form will be available in August.

Funding for Childcare costs whilst you study

Students aged 20 or over and in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan may be able to receive a contribution towards the cost of an Ofsted registered provider during your timetabled hours and travel time between College and their provider.

For students aged 20 and under at the start of their course, they can apply to the ‘Care to Learn’ scheme for help with childcare whilst they are studying www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn

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.