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Guide to Student Funding 2019/20

These notes have been designed to help you to complete a Student Funding application form.

We can only accept forms which have been completed in full. If you do not understand any of these notes, please ask for support from our Student Services team.

You can email student.finance@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk, call us on 0115 9 100 100 or visit us at any Nottingham College campus and speak to the Student Finance team.

Am I eligible?

You must be:

  • Enrolled on a current course that qualifies for Student Funding
  • Settled in the UK or an EU National
  • Claiming a means tested benefit or on a low income
Age Eligibility
Age: Age 16-18 Eligibility: Household income below £30,000 NET.
Age: Age 16-18 (in care/leaving care/in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit/ESA and DLA/PIP) Eligibility: Written evidence will be required. If in care/leaving care, we require a letter from your Social Worker confirming status.
Age: 19+ living with parents/guardian Eligibility: Your own income of more than £5000 NET (£96 per week) or evidence of household income below £30,000 NET.
Age: 19+ Eligibility: Household income below £30,000 NET.

Who is not eligible?

  • Students studying a Higher Education course (i.e HND, Foundation Degree).
  • Apprentices.
  • Students studying a full-cost course (contact us if you are unsure whether your course is ‘full-cost’).
  • (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • If 19+ and studying a Level 3 course and have paid for the course fees (not taken out an Advanced Learner Loan) you will not be eligible.

What can Student Funding help with?

  • A contribution towards your travel if you live more than 1.5 miles away from your place of study.
  • Essential equipment – this will be confirmed by your tutor at the start of the academic year.
  • A contribution towards childcare costs for students aged 20+ (if you are 16–18 you will need to apply to Care to Learn. Visit the website at: www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or call on: 0800 121 8989).
  • 16–18 Free School Meal

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals for more information

16–18 Bursary

If you are aged 16–18 you could be awarded a bursary worth up to £1,200 if you fall into one of the categories below:

  • In care/leaving care.
  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit.
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

What evidence do I need to supply?

  • If you are in receipt of Working Tax or Child Tax Credit, please provide all pages of your award notice for 2019/20. This must also include the Childs name if 16-18 years old.
  • If you are not in receipt of Working Tax or Child Tax Credit but you or your parents/guardians/ partner are employed, please provide your last two months or eight weeks payslips, P60 or Self Employed Accounts for each working adult (you will need to include your parents’/guardians’/partner’s income).
  • If you or your parents/guardians/partner are unemployed and do not receive Child Tax Credit, please provide proof of ESA, Income Support, JSA, Universal Credit or Pension Credit Guarantee dated within the last 3 months.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and living with your parents, in order for you to be classed as independent you must be earning more than £5,000 (£96 per week) per year.
  • If you are 16–18 and in care or leaving care, please provide a letter from your Social Worker confirming your ‘in care’ status.
  • If you are 16–18 and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and either Disability Living allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), please provide a letter dated within the last 3 months confirming receipts of these payments.
  • If you are 16–18 and in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit please provide a letter dated within the last 3 months confirming receipt of these payments.
  • If you are attending an external placement as part of your course, please provide a placement confirmation letter confirming dates, times and address of the placement.
  • If you are an asylum seeker please provide your Azure/Aspen Card, G4S letter/Home Office documents and ARC Identity card.

What if my application is unsuccessful?

You can appeal the decision by completing an appeals form. You will need to include applicable evidence to support your appeal.