If you are aged 16 years and over on 31st August 2017 starting a Further Education course in September 2017, you may be eligible for financial support from the 16-19 Bursary funds and 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 2017) studying a Further Education course, the Government provides funding to support essential College related costs.
If you are aged 19+, household income includes the student’s income and their partner or spouse’s income. The income of parents, or other relatives/carers will not be included.
If your household income is NIL and you are supported financially by parents or another person (not spouse/partner) please also complete the relevant income section and provide copies of the three most recent bank statements from your own account.
To apply for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary you must be in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan.
We can support with course related costs including travel, course equipment (specific courses listed in the guidance notes), free meals in further education and childcare.
To be eligible you will have a household income of under £30,000 (gross) and meet the EFA/SFA eligibility criteria.
Note - Students on waged Apprenticeships are not eligible to access bursary funding.
The College reserves the right to require repayment of funds and the return of any equipment purchased, including the KCC 16+ Travel Card if it has been funded by the Bursary.
You can now apply for bursary funding and Free College Meals.
Government guidance is updated regularly and may affect eligibility for funding. Any changes to this policy and student finance guidance will be communicated with all members of the college community at the time of any change.
If you are able to travel to campus please bring in your application with the original copies of documentation required. If you are not able to travel to campus please send your application with copies of the documentation required FAO Student Support Services.
Please note: the College will not accept responsibility for any loss of documentation for applications that are sent via post.
Applications will be processed after the student has enrolled on their course and can take 6 weeks to process: the first payment may not be made until October. Where appropriate, payment will be backdated to the start of term subject to satisfactory attendance.
Completed applications must be handed to a member of Student Support Services. Incomplete applications will not be assessed and will delay the allocation of funds. If applications are received without the required evidence, the Student Support Services team will attempt to contact the applicant by telephone, email and/or letter. If a response is not received within two weeks, the application for Financial Support will be filed until contact is made by the applicant.
Successful applicants will be notified via their College email account. Please apply as early as possible in the academic year as funds are limited and awards will be allocated in order of receipt of completed applications.
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 5th June applications (but not payments) for KCC 16+ travel cards can be made directly by students to KCC Public Transport on-line at: www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel. You need to apply to KCC and arrange payment through the College by 14th July in order for the pass to be available to collect at College at the start of term. Where a travel card 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 Support Services department at their campus and can be collected during the advertised opening times.
For students applying for a travel card to be funded through the bursary, your pass will be funded from Term 2 (Monday 30 October 2017) and will open on the KCC website from Monday 11 September 2017 with the deadline to guarantee that the pass is available for the first day of Term 2 being Friday 29 September 2017.
Please ensure you apply during this window if you would like to be funded by the bursary.
You will be required to fund yourself for travel until this point. Your pass will be released on the first day of Term 2 if we have received and processed your completed application in Term 1 and we will give you a one-off payment of £70 to help with the cost of travel for the first term in your first bursary payment.
Please note travel cards 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.
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 pass is released. Students must make arrangements to self-fund travel while waiting for the KCC travel card
Students applying for a KCC travelcard later in the year should speak to a member of Student Support Services for further support and guidance.
The following amounts will be paid towards essential full time course related costs.
If you are progressing courses you will receive 50% of the amounts stated.
Course/Curriculum Area / Funding
In some circumstances, students on other courses may require support towards the cost of specific resources. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017. Students aged 19 or over are only eligible for a free meal if they:
In addition to the above, the student must be in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits;
Students aged 19 years and below, may be able to access the Care to Learn scheme. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview.
For those students aged 20 and over, funds can pay for childcare costs up to maximum limit of £5440 per child. For more information please see Student Support Services at your campus.
Please note: the contract for childcare is between the student and the childcare provider. The College will not be liable for any outstanding monies, or other issues relating to the contract.
Applications should be submitted with essential documentary evidence.
Supplementary information relating to funding for Childcare.
Students from groups identified by the Government as vulnerable can apply for the Vulnerable Bursary. If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017 and meet one of the criteria below you can apply for a bursary of up to £1,200:
If you're aged 19 or over and planning to start a Level 3 or 4 course at the College, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. For more information, please see Student Support Services at your campus.