Our flexible grants allow you to shape the support you receive to meet your individual needs.
In 2016/17 the following grants are available:
- Enrichment Grant - Provides help towards purchasing text books, equipment, specialised kit and uniform or meeting the costs of attending university interviews and course related trips and visits.
- Tuition and Examination Fee Grant - Provides support to those studying on a funded or co-funded course, which do not qualify for fee remission or an Advanced Learner Loan, and are experiencing financial difficulties in meeting the costs of their course.
- Wellbeing Grant - Additional support for learners experiencing periods of severe financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances or a domestic emergency.
- Travel Grant – Helps towards the costs of travelling to and from College for those learners who live more than one and a half walking miles from their primary campus.
Learners using public transport will receive a concessionary travel pass or a fortnightly contribution towards their travel costs for each timetabled day in College, based on the rates below:
|1.5 – 4.99 miles||10+ miles|
|5 – 9.99 miles||£2.50/day|
Learners travelling by car, moped or motorcycle will receive travel payments which will be calculated based on a rate of 40p per mile or part thereof. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any contribution towards parking charges, car insurance or tax.
Awards will be made on a case by case basis, and do not set a precedent for other awards. To be eligible to apply for our support grants, you must be:
- Aged 19 years of age or over on the 31st August
- Enrolled on a full or part time Government funded course of Further Education
- Not funding their studies using an Advanced Learner Loan (See Advanced Learner Loans)
- Have ‘home’ student status or have been granted full ‘refugee’ or asylum seeker’ status (British Citizens normally have ‘home student’ status)
- Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last 3 years before the start of your course, with ‘settled status’ which means having indefinite leave to enter or remain (ILE/ILR)
In addition, you should meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Living independently and in receipt of one or more of the following benefits in your own right, or are living with a partner or spouse who is in receipt of one or more of the following benefits, with an identified financial need:
- Income Support or Universal Credit
- Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- 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 Credits with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 (for one dependent) or £19,999 (for two or more dependents) as assessed by Her Majesty’s - Revenue and Customs (including Working Tax Credits).
- Working Tax Credit run-on which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Living independently or with a partner or spouse, claiming no benefits, with a gross household income of less than £16,190 and an identified financial need.
- Currently living with parents or carers but is expected to be financially independent, with a personal gross income of less than £9,250 and an identified financial need
Don’t meet the eligibility criteria but still need help?
Don’t worry, if you have a genuine financial need but do not meet the eligibility criteria, you may still apply for support. You will be required to write and submit a short statement detailing your exceptional circumstances and provide any appropriate supporting evidence. Awards under exceptional circumstances are made on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the Learner Services and Support Manager, and do not set a precedent for other awards. Speak to a member of our Financial Support Team for further information.