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Stu­dent Fund Support

Did you know that you may be eli­gi­ble for Stu­dent Fund Sup­port towards the cost of attend­ing college?

If you are on an eli­gi­ble fur­ther edu­ca­tion course and your house­hold income is less than £35,000* GROSS, we may be able to help you with fund­ing towards the cost of trav­el to Col­lege (you will need to live more than 1.5 miles away from your col­lege cam­pus), equip­ment and childcare.

*This can increase by £1,000 for each addi­tion­al depen­dent child you have aged under 20 liv­ing in your home. 

How to apply

Apply­ing for Stu­dent Finance

  1. Log into your Col­lege account (using the same user­name and pass­word details when you applied for a course). If you can’t remem­ber your login details you can recov­er your account details.
  2. Look for the Apply for Stu­dent Fund Sup­port” but­ton on your account dash­board once you’ve logged in and use this but­ton to apply. The appli­ca­tion por­tal for pro­gress­ing stu­dents will be avail­able from mid-June 2022. All new stu­dents should be able to apply from ear­ly July 2022.
  3. We will ask you to com­plete a series of ques­tions using drop down answer options regard­ing your house­hold sit­u­a­tion, and sup­port needs such as trav­el or child­care costs you will be ask to agree to the terms and con­di­tions, please read these carefully.
  4. You will be asked to upload your house­hold income evi­dence. Please read through our guide Stu­dent Finance Income Evi­dence to find out which evi­dence you will need to upload when you apply for Stu­dent Finance. We have includ­ed images for each sce­nario so you can visu­al­ly see what we need to look at to assess your appli­ca­tion. The address on the Income Evi­dence you pro­vide must match your home address on your stu­dent records. If you are claim­ing Uni­ver­sal Cred­it, you can view our guide to Uni­ver­sal Cred­it Evi­dence to ensure you are upload­ing the cor­rect evi­dence. Please have your evi­dence ready before you start your appli­ca­tion, although you can save and go back in to com­plete your appli­ca­tion lat­er if you need to you. 
  5. Once you have reviewed and checked every­thing click com­plete and your appli­ca­tion will be sub­mit­ted to us.
  6. We will then con­tact you via the e mail address that is reg­is­tered to your account.

If you haven’t cre­at­ed an account to apply for a course yet, the stu­dent finance appli­ca­tion sec­tion steps above can be com­plet­ed at the same time that you cre­ate your account and apply for a course.

After sub­mit­ting your appli­ca­tion form

  • Please ensure you have sub­mit­ted the cor­rect evi­dence to avoid any delays to the processing.
  • Before we can process your appli­ca­tion you will need to be ful­ly enrolled.
  • Forms will be assessed in date received order sub­ject to funding.

After your appli­ca­tion has been processed

  • Once your appli­ca­tion has been processed, you will be con­tact­ed regard­ing the out­come on what sup­port will be pro­vid­ed should your appli­ca­tion be suc­cess­ful. You will need to keep your email and con­tact num­bers up to date as our pre­ferred option of com­mu­ni­ca­tion will be email and text.

Free College Meals for 16-18 year olds

If you received Free School Meals at school, you may be enti­tled to them at college.

Sep­a­rate eli­gi­bil­i­ty cri­te­ria apply for free school meal support.

The Gov­ern­ment sup­port for Free Col­lege Meals is £2.41 per timetabled day. As a col­lege, we have decid­ed to increase this lev­el of sup­port to £3.50 per timetabled day for eli­gi­ble students. 

As we are not pro­vid­ed this infor­ma­tion from the Local Coun­cils or DWP you will need to apply and pro­vide evi­dence to show your enti­tle­ment to Free Col­lege Meals. 

Eli­gi­ble ben­e­fits for Free Col­lege Meals

  • Income Sup­port
  • Income-based Job­seek­ers Allowance 
  • Income-relat­ed Employ­ment and Sup­port Allowance (ESA)
  • Sup­port under part VI of the Immi­gra­tion and Asy­lum Act 1999 
  • 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 (HMRC))
  • Work­ing Tax Cred­it run-on – paid for 4 weeks after some­one stops qual­i­fy­ing for Work­ing Tax Cred­it UC with net earn­ings not exceed­ing the equiv­a­lent of £7,400 pa (after tax and not includ­ing any ben­e­fits you get) 

Meal Sup­port in College

There are no legal require­ments to offer food to non-Free Col­lege Meal stu­dents. How­ev­er where bud­gets per­mit we may offer some sup­port towards food in college

Childcare Funding

Fund­ing may be avail­able for your chil­dren to have a place at our nurs­ery, Once Upon a Time, based at the Adams Build­ing cam­pus or with an Ofst­ed reg­is­tered exter­nal provider such as an after school club or break­fast club, child­min­der or nursery.