Financial Support for FE Students 2016/17

BURSARY FUNDS AND LEARNER SUPPORT FUNDS 2016/17

If you are aged 16 years and over on 31st August 2016 starting a Further Education course in September 2016, you may be eligible for financial support from the 16-19 funds and Discretionary Learner Support funds.

Those students, who are under 19 years of age, on the 31st August, in the year when they start their course, will be assessed on the basis of their family household income unless current written evidence is provided that the student is living independently. For students 19+ (31st August 2016) studying a Further Education course, the Government provides funding to support essential College related costs.

To apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan Bursary you must be in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

We can support with course related costs including travel, course equipment (specific courses listed in the guidance notes), Free College Meals and childcare.

To be eligible you will have a household income of under £25,000 (after Tax) and meet the Education Funding Agency eligibility criteria.

Note - Students on waged Apprenticeships are not eligible to access bursary funding.

You can now apply for bursary funding and Free College Meals.

Download the form here (PDF) >

Bursary Funds Form Guidance Notes (PDF)

TRAVEL EXPENSES

Students who live more than 2 miles away from the College, may be eligible for an award to assist with travel costs while they are at College. Priority is given to students using public transport, including bus and train, though in exceptional circumstances, awards can be made towards petrol costs. The maximum award for travel is £1500 for the full academic year.

KCC 16+ Travel Card

From 6th June applications (but not payments) for Kent 16+ travel passes can be made directly by students to KCC Public Transport on-line at: www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel.

For students applying for a bursary you must submit the bus pass application first. Please note bus passes will only be released once the bursary has been awarded. Students are also able to apply directly by post sending an application form and passport photograph to: Kent 16+ Travel Card, Kent County Council, Public Transport, PO Box 441, Aylesford, Kent ME6 9HJ.

In order to receive the travel pass for the start of the academic year, students are encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity. Where a travel pass is not received by the start of term, the student must make arrangements to pay for their travel until the pass is received.

All travel cards are sent to the College Student Finance department at their campus and can be collected during the advertised opening times.

Students applying for financial support must complete a college application form and provide the evidence required before an assessment will be made. No financial support can be awarded until students have enrolled at the college, as such there may be a gap between applying for funds and when the card is released. Students must make arrangements to self-fund travel while waiting for the KCC pass. This will ensure that travel is not double funded.

Students applying for a KCC pass later in the year should speak to a member of Student Support for further support and guidance.

Students whose household income is over £25,000 threshold can apply and pay for a self-funded KCC 16+ pass.

FREE MEALS

Students must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2016 to 2017 academic year. Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19, or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner. Students aged between 19 and 25 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and European Social Fund (ESF) students aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016, are also entitled to a free meal while attending their provision if they meet the eligibility criteria.

For full eligibility criteria, please see the guidance notes.

19+ SUPPORT FUNDS

If you are 19+ and studying a Further Education course that isn’t a level 3 or 4, you may be entitled to financial support for childcare, travel and course-related courses. Please read the guidance notes and see the application form at the top of this page to make an application.

19+ ADVANCED LEARNING LOANS

If you're aged 19 or over and planning to start a Level 3-6 course at the College, you may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.

19+ LOAN BURSARY FUND

These support funds are available to students who are aged 19+ years on the day they start their course, who are taking out a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.

If you have successfully applied for the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan and need help with paying for course related costs such as travel expenses, childcare provider costs and course equipment - you can apply to the 19+ Loans Bursary Fund.

You can apply to this Fund after you have applied for the Loan and your Loan has been approved. You will need to provide us with your loan confirmation letter.

Need More Advice?

If you would like to arrange a time to meet with our student finance team or have any questions about student finance contact:

studentservices@ashford.ac.uk

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