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 new academic year beginning September 2020.’

16-18 Bursary Fund

There are 2 types of 16-18 Bursary Funds

Vulnerable Bursary of £1200

This bursary is for students that are most in need. To be eligible for this bursary students need to:

  • Be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2020
  • Be in care or a care leaver
  • Or be in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • Or be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance AND either Employment & Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own name.
  • Or be in receipt of Personal Independence Payments AND either Employment & Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own name.

 

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

Discretionary Funding

This bursary supports students with the additional costs of remaining in education e.g.: travel, some materials, course-related trips and travel to university open days. To be eligible for this funding, students need to:

  • Be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2020 and studying a course at Cirencester College funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • Be aged 19 and continuing a course you began aged 16-18 (19+ continuers) or you have a current Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of your course

Be living in a household where the total household income is under £35000 (this includes earned income, benefit payments and Working & Child Tax Credits)

 

  • Students who are NOT eligible for this funding are:
  • Students on Higher Education courses who receive support through Student Finance England
  • Students on an Apprenticeship training scheme
  • Students under the age of 16 on 31st August 2020

 

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

Free College Meals

If you received free meals at school and are now aged 16-18 on 31st August 2020, you may be entitled to free meals at College as well – if your parents are in receipt of one or more 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
  • 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, please complete the application form below and return it with the relevant supporting evidence to: Student Journey Team, Cirencester College, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 1XA.

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.