Financial Assistance Guidelines

College Support Funds

This funding is what the College receives to support students. The funds are split into various categories of support which we have set out below. The funds cover one academic year and must be re-applied for each year.

16-18 year olds

Free College Meals

School and academy sixth forms have been required to provide free meals to 16-18 year old students from low income households since 1996. As of September 2014, this requirement was extended to students who are following further education courses across the full range of further education funded institutions, including Carshalton College.

 

Eligible students will be awarded a value of £2.41 for each day they have timetabled lessons at College. No cash payments can be made for Free College Meals.

 

Target Group Evidence Required

You, or your parent(s)/carer(s), are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits (whilst not receiving Working Tax Credits) with a gross annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit Run On ( paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)
  • *If you live between 2 two homes, we only need information from the person you live with for the majority of the time.

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2017/18 which shows your income from 2016/17. You must provide the FULL award letter

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

If you are eligible for Free College Meals, please complete the 16-18 Bursary Fund and Free College Meals Application Form.

If you submit an application for Free college meals we will automatically assess your eligibility for the

16-18 Bursary Fund; you only need to submit one application. 

If you are not eligible for Free College Meals, you may still be eligible for an award from the 16-18 Bursary Fund. Please read on for further information.

 

Bursaries

16 – 18 Bursary Fund: The 16-18 Bursary Fund aims to help 16 to 18 year olds overcome any financial barriers they may face in order to attend a sixth form or further education college.

The Bursary Fund, which has been allocated to Carshalton College by the government, is made up of 2 parts; the Guaranteed Bursary and the Discretionary Bursary.

The Guaranteed Bursary: This is an award of up to £1,200 per year (split into weekly payments) for students who:

  • Receive Income Support in their own name
  • Receive Universal Credit payments in their own name
  • Are disabled and receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in their own name
  • Are disabled and receive Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment in their own name
  • Are in local authority care or who have recently left local authority care

If you are studying a course which lasts less than 30 weeks, or are studying for less than 12 hours per week, then your bursary will be pro-rated and you will receive less than £1,200.

 

Are you eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary?To be eligible for a guaranteed bursary you must be in one of the following groups and be able to provide us with the evidence listed below:

 

Target Group Evidence Required

Young people “ in care, or “care leavers”

i.e., young people who are, or have been cared for by the Local Authority.

Most Looked After Children have, or will have had a Social Worker.

A Letter from your Social Worker, Key Worker or Local Authority.

In receipt of Income Support in your own name

Or

In receipt of Universal Credit in your own name

You will be asked to confirm what benefit the Universal Credit has replaced

A letter dated within 3 months from Job Centre Plus.

This letter needs to confirm your name; address and that you receive Income Support/Universal Credit.

If you have a letter older than 3 months please also provide a bank statement which shows a payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

We cannot accept a letter older than 3 months without the support of a bank statement.

Disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or  Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment in your own name

Or

Disabled and in receipt of both Universal Credit (limited capability for work element or limited capability for work related activity element) and Disability Living Allowance or Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment in your own name.

A letter(s) dated within 3 months which confirms your name, address and that you are in receipt of both benefits.

If you have a letter older than 3 months, please also provide a bank statement which shows a payment of each benefit going into your account within the last 3 months.

We cannot accept a letter older than 3 months without the support of a bank statement.

 

How are young people in care and care leavers defined?

For the purposes of the 16 to 18 Bursary Fund, the definitions are:

  • ‘In care’ means children and young people looked after by a local authority on a voluntary basis (Section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or under a care order (Section 31 of the Children Act Care leaver’ means either:

  • Young people aged 16 and 17 who were previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.

  • A young person who is aged 18 or above who was looked after prior to becoming 18 for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods of 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 18.

If you are not eligible for a guaranteed bursary you may still be eligible for a discretionary bursary. Please read on to find out more.

 

The Discretionary Bursary: The College also has money to help students who are notin the groups above but who face genuine financial barriers to attending college. A discretionary bursary is awarded to you based on your specific requirements and cannot be awarded for costs unrelated to your programme of study, for general expenses or used as an attendance incentive. Bursaries are usually awarded to help with meals, travel, trips, materials and/or course costs that are not provided by the College.

 

 

Are you eligible for a Discretionary Bursary?

Target Group Evidence Required
1.

Your parent(s)/carer(s), are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits (whilst not receiving Working Tax Credits) with a gross annual income of no more than £25,000
  • Income Related Employment and, Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit Run On ( paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)

*If you live between 2 two homes, we only need information from the person you live with for the majority of the time.

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

2.

Your parent(s)/carer(s), are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit with a gross household income of under £25,000pa
  • Housing Benefit or Local housing Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Carers Allowance

*If you live between 2 two homes, we only need information from the person you live with for the majority of the time.

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter
  • Local Authority

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

3.

Your parents/carers are not in receipt of one of the benefits listed in Target Groups 1-2 above but are employed or self-employed with a gross household income of less than £25,000pa

*If you live between 2 two homes, we only need information from the person you live with for the majority of the time.

We need one of the following for each parent/carer:

  • The last 3 months’ pay slips
  • P60 for the 2017-18 tax year
  • Evidence of self – employed income. E.g. tax return or accountants letter
4. You are a Young Carer (this means you live with and help care for someone with a disability or long term illness, including mental health)

Letter from relevant Local Authority, local carers organisation or GP

Or

Evidence that someone you live with receives Disability Living Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or Universal Credit (limited capability for work element or limited capability for work related activity element)

5. You are currently of No Fixed Abode. For example; students who are Travellers, living in emergency accommodation, homeless or insecurely housed.

Please talk to an adviser in the Student Support Centre about your circumstances.

 

What can the College pay for if you are successful in your application for a 16-18 Bursary Fund?

Food If you are eligible for the Free College Meals scheme, you will be provided with one meal per day when you have timetabled commitments at College. Further details on how this scheme will operate will be made available at the beginning of September. You may also receive help with food costs, outside the Free College Meals scheme if you are eligible for the discretionary bursary.

 

Cash Payment – A weekly amount (minimum of £10 which could increase during the year, depending on funds available), based on a minimum of 90% weekly attendance, completion of set course work and targets set by your tutor. It is also based on you displaying satisfactory behaviour during your time at Carshalton College.

 

Course related tripsWhen you apply for your bursary you may not know which tripsyou want to go on. Unfortunately, it is not possible to guarantee funding for all College trips as the budget is limited and many of our trips are not compulsory. If you are interested in going on a trip then you should speak to Student Services as soon as you are aware of the dates, location and price. We can then see if we have funds available to contribute towards the cost. For trips abroad, we may only pay for the trip deposit and you should expect to meet any costs above this amount yourself.

 

UCAS FeeIf you apply to university through UCAS we may be able to cover the cost ofyour online application. This will be dependent on the budget we have available at the time.

 

TravelWe will not fund travel for students who live within a 2 mile radius of the College unless there are exceptional or medical circumstances which will be considered on a case by case basis. However, if you live over 2 miles away and your journey takes more than one hour, we will consider travel payments to help you get into College on time.

To receive support with travel costs you must not be in receipt of local authority support and you must live over 2 miles away from the College site. We use the “as the crow flies” distance on the website below to calculate the distance from Carshalton College to your home address. You may want to check this yourself so you know in advance whether you can apply for exceptional travelpayments http://www.freemaptools.com/distance- between-uk-postcodes.htmCarshalton College postcode is SM5 2EJ. If you are awarded help with travel, we expect you to take advantage of any discounts or subsidies available to you. The award you are given may not cover 100% of your costs.

 

 

University Interviews and Open Days – If you incur travel costs as a result of attendinga university interview or open day in the UK then we may be able to help you with this expense. This will be dependent on the budget we have available at the time. We would only support a maximum of two visits. You will have to cover the upfront costs yourself then we will refund your transport costs on production of public transport tickets and/or university interview / open day letter. If you chose to travel to an open day / interview by car we will either pay towards petrol costs (40p per mile for the first 100 miles, 25p thereafter) or will base your award on the cost of public transport; whichever is cheapest. Mileage will be calculated using the online AA Mileage Calculator or equivalent. We will not pay for overnight accommodation costs associated with visits to universities.

 

Travel to job/apprenticeship interview – as above.

 

 

High value equipment – we may be able to help with the cost of high value equipment such as laptops, cameras and tablets if it is necessary and you cannot complete the course without it. This will be dependent on the budget available. The equipment will remain the property of Carshalton College and should be returned once the study programme has been completed so it can be used by another student. To ensure this happens, the equipment will be kept at College unless it has been agreed otherwise.

 

 

What we don’t pay for?

  • General living costsmembership, and social/sporting activities unrelated to your College course(s).
  • Petrolif you are eligible for support with travel to and from College, your award will bebased on the cheapest and most reasonable form of public transport available to you. We will only contribute towards petrol costs for university/job interview transport costs as described previously.
  • Car parking If you chose to travel to college by car, we will not contribute towards the cost of parking at the College.


Students aged 19+

Fee exemptions for 19+

If you are in receipt of certain benefits, or are studying at a particular level for the first time, then you may not have to pay fees. To qualify for exemptions you must be able to provide us with evidence at the time of enrolment. All possible fee exemptions are listed below.

Provision 19-23 year-olds 24+ Unemployed 24+ Other
English and Maths up to and including Level 2 Fully funded Fully funded Fully funded
  • Level 2

Fully funded

(first and full)

  • Fully funded
Co-funded
  • Learning to progress to Level 2
  • (E3 upwards)
Fully funded
  • Fully funded
Co-funded
  • Level 3

Fully funded

(first and full)

  • Loan-funded*
Loan-funded*

Loan-funded*

(previously achieved full Level 3 or above)

  • Levels 4, 5 and 6
Loan funded*
  • Loan funded*
Loan funded*
  • Traineeship
Fully funded (including 24 year-olds)
  • N/A
N/A
  • Learning aims up to and including Level 2, where the learner has already achieved at Level 2 or above
Co-funded
  • Fully funded
Co-funded
Fully funded - unemployed

* If you are 19-23, already have a Level 3 qualification and want to apply for another Level 3 or Level 4 course or are 24+  and thinking about a Level 3 or Level 4 course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government.

 

Visit www.www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loansfor more details.

The following qualifications are now designated full at Level 3

  • 2 A-levels
  • Four AS levels
  • Other approved technical and professional qualifications at Level 3 which are part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), e.g. Level 3 BTEC, NVQ Level 3 etc.

Learner Support Fund 19+ (Adult Education Budget)

If you are aged 19 or over, on a fully funded further education course and facing financial hardship, you could get help from the Learner Support Fund 19+. It is there to provide support to vulnerable and disadvantaged learners and to remove barriers to education or training.

 

Are you eligible for the Learner Support Fund 19+?

 

  Target Group Evidence Required
1.

You are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits (whilst not receiving Working Tax Credits) with a gross annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit Run On ( paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

2.

You are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit with a gross household income of under £25,000pa
  • Housing Benefit or Local Housing Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Carers Allowance

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter
  • Local Authority

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

3.

You are not in receipt of one of the benefits listed in Target Groups 1-2 above but are employed or self-employed with a gross household income of less than £25,000pa

We need one of the following for each parent/carer:
  • The most recent 3 months’ pay slips
  • P60 for the 2017-18 tax year
  • Evidence of self – employed income. E.g. tax return or accountants letter

N.B. If you are over 19+ and solely supported by your parents/carers, we would need to see the evidence in their names and in addition, a letter from them stating they are financially supporting you.

 

The College will give priority to the following groups:

  • those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • those in care or who have recently left care
  • those on probation or supported by YOS
  • those progressing from a previous level
  • those receiving any benefit
  • those who are a dependent of a partner who receives benefits

 

What can the College pay for if you are successful in your application for Learner Support Fund 19+?

 

How Much Support is Available?
  Maximum Award Paid By:
Tuition Fees Up to 75% Internal transfer – you will not receive any funds as payments are made to the appropriate curriculum area.
Exam Fees Up to 100% Internal transfer – you will not receive any funds as payments are made on your behalf to the awarding body. 
Equipment/ Books/Trips (Desirable, but not essential) Up to 50% By internal transfer to the College shop who will order the equipment/uniform for you
Childcare Up to £7000 per student per year

By BACS payment to the childcare provider.

Termly

Travel Up to £300 per year

By BACS payment

Termly

DBS

Fully funded courses only

Full amount Internal transfer – you will not receive any funds as payments are made on your behalf to the curriculum area.   

This award will not cover 100% of your course costs and you should bear this in mind when budgeting for your course.

 

Tuition Fees

The award will cover a proportion of your tuition fee depending on the available funds each year (See table above – “how much support is available”)

 

Examination Fees

The award will cover a proportion of your exam costs and will be based on the examinations which are essential in order for you to pass your course. (See table above – “How much support is available”)

You can apply for assistance with any additional examinations, but this assistance will not be guaranteed, as we aim to provide for as many students as possible and our fund is limited.

 

Equipment/Books/Trips
For some courses, students will have to buy a uniform and/or equipment or pay for a trip/s. Anything that is essential for you to complete your course will be provided by the College.  However, if there is any equipment, books trips that are desirable which you cannot afford, the award may be able to cover a proportion of your costs depending on funds available. (See table overleaf – “How much support is available”)

 

Travel (Awarded only in exceptional circumstances)
You can apply for assistance if you live over 2 miles away from the College and there is not an equivalent course nearer to where you live. Travel payments are made termly, dependant on you having 90% overall attendance.

 

DBS Check (Fully funded courses ONLY)

You can apply for assistance with a DBS Check if you are on a fully funded course only. Payment is made directly to the appropriate curriculum area via internal transfer.

 

Emergency Accommodation/Domestic Emergencies (Awarded only in exceptional circumstances)
The award for Emergency Accommodation/Domestic Emergencies will be decided on individual circumstances.

 

Childcare The full cost of childcare fees is not guaranteed

  • Students may be expected to contribute towards the cost of their childcare for their timetabled hours.
  • Your chosen childcare provider MUST be Ofsted registered at the time of application. A list of Ofsted registered childcare providers can be obtained from your local council. Any funding awarded will be paid directly to the childcare provider by BACS transfer where possible.

 

Payments will not be made to unauthorised childcare providers.

  • You will be awarded childcare support based on your timetable with an additional 30 minutes at each end of your study day. Carshalton College is unable to assist with registration fees, deposits or additional activities that incur a cost. Carshalton College will pay up to a maximum of £7,000 towards childcare costs per full time student per year, regardless of how many children require childcare support.
  • For part time students the maximum award is £3,500 regardless of the number of children who require childcare support. This is per academic year.
  • If the child is eligible for Early Years funding, this will be deducted from the amount of childcare funding awarded to the student.
  • If your application for childcare support is received on or after September 2018, your award will only be backdated to the start of the week in which your complete application is received in the Student Support Centre.
  • If you are eligible for childcare assistance from other sources (e.g. Childcare element of tax credits, childcare vouchers etc.) you will be expected to access this first, before applying for support from Carshalton College.
  • By submitting this application for childcare support, you agree that Carshalton College is able to share information about this application with the childcare provider.
    • Your childcare provider MUST complete and sign an additional form confirming the hourly rates, days and times the child(ren) will be in their care and agree to the terms and conditions of the 20+ childcare funding. This form is available from the Student Support Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: Awards are based on the information given to Carshalton College by the childcare provider. Changes in rates due to annual rises are not covered. In addition we will only support one change of childcare provider during an academic year. If you decide to move your child (ren) more than once, we will not be able to continue your support. To receive the full award your attendance must be above 90% overall.  If it drops below 90%, your funding may be withdrawn and you will be responsible for any outstanding fees.

If you withdraw from the course we are funding you for, the College will take no responsibility for payment of outstanding fees to childcare providers.

 

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

 

This is available if you are: Aged 19-23 and already have a Level 3 qualification or aged 24 or over and thinking about a Level 3 or Level 4 course.

Learners who have an Advanced Learner Loan can be supported through the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary with childcare, transport costs and necessary adjustments under the Equality Act 2010. You will need a copy of an approved Advanced Learner Loan agreement before you apply.

 

Are you eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary?

 

  Target Group Evidence Required
1.

You are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credits (whilst not receiving Working Tax Credits) with a gross annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit Run On ( paid for the 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter

Plus

A Copy of an approved Advanced Learning Loan Agreement.

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

2.

You are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit with a gross household income of under £25,000pa
  • Housing Benefit or Local housing Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Carers Allowance

A letter confirming your entitlement to benefits from one of the following:

  • Job Centre Plus
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Letter for 2018/19 which shows your income from 2017/18. You must provide the FULL award letter
  • Local Authority

Plus

A Copy of an approved Advanced Learning Loan Agreement.

Any letter you provide to us should be dated within the last 3 months. If your letter is older than 3 months then please provide a recent bank statement showing a relevant payment going into your account within the last 3 months.

Any letter provided must confirm the name and address of the person receiving the benefits.

3.

You are not in receipt of one of the benefits listed in Target Groups 1-2 above but are employed or self-employed with a gross household income of less than £25,000pa

We need one of the following for each parent/carer:

  • The most recent 3 months’ pay slips
  • P60 for the 2017-18 tax year
  • Evidence of self – employed income. E.g. tax return or accountants letter

Plus

A Copy of an Approved Advanced Learning Loan Agreement.

 

How to Apply:  

If you are eligible, when and how should you apply?

If you are eligible for any of the funds or bursaries described in the previous pages, please pick up one of the forms below from the Student Support Centre.

  • 16-18 Bursary Fund and Free College Meals Application Form 
  • Learner Support Fund 19+  Application Form 

Or

  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Form 

Complete the forms carefully, making sure you complete all of the sections. You also need to make sure you provide us with photocopies of the evidence we have asked for. Please do not send originals as we cannot guarantee that we will be able to return these to you.

You should hand in or send your completed application form and evidence to:

 

Student Support Centre, Carshalton College, Nightingale Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2EJ

 

If you are sending your application and evidence by post you may want to get a free Proof of Posting Certificate or send by recorded delivery. Carshalton College cannot accept responsibility for postal applications not received.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1st December 2018 but if you find yourself infinancial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. We will then look to see if we have any further funds available to help you.

If there are still funds available after the 1st December 2018 we will continue to accept applications at our own discretion.

 

What happens after you submit an application form?

We will assess your application and write to you with a decision. If you are successful then the letter we send you will tell you how much you have been awarded, what the award is for, how these payments will be made to you and when you can expect to receive payments. You will also be sent details about our attendance requirements as all payments are dependent on your attendance record and you displaying satisfactory behaviour during your time at Carshalton College.

If you are unsuccessful we will write to you explaining why.

 

Do you need to have your own bank account?

 

Yes. We cannot make payments to you in cash or by cheque. We also cannot make payments to your parent(s), guardian(s) or any other third party. The account must be in your name. If you do not have a bank account and are having difficulty opening one please contact Student Support Services.

 

If you make an application are you guaranteed support?

No. Unfortunately the budget we have available is limited and we may not be able to meet yourfunding requirements. We would advise you to put in an application as soon as possible as funds are limited and do run out.

 

If you are successful in your application are there any conditions on your award?

 

Yes. If you are awarded a guaranteed or discretionary bursary then you will need to meetconditions of attendance and behaviour in order to receive your payments. The College will expect to see attendance of over 90% per week maintained throughout the year.

Attendance for travel payments is measured for the term before when allocating the next term’s payment. As such, eligible students receive their first term ‘in good faith’. For example, if a student was awarded a travel bursary payable in September, January and April, the first payment in September would be paid in good faith. The payment in January would be based on their attendance between September – December and the final April payment will be based on attendance between January and the Easter Holidays.

 

If you feel you have extenuating personal circumstances that have affected your attendance, it is important to speak to your tutor or Student Support Services about this as soon as possible.

 

 What should you do if you are not happy with the outcome of your application?

You can appeal our decision if:

  • You think we have assessed your form incorrectly
  • You think that the level of support you have been awarded is significantly less than you need to attend College

To do this you need to make your appeal in writing to the Head of Student Support Services.

You should make any appeal within 15 working days of receiving a decision from us. When reviewing an appeal we may discuss your case with your parent(s)/carer(s), tutor, or support workers.

 

What should you do if you are not sure any of this applies to you, or if you have any questions about financial support?

Talk to a member of Student Support Services who can talk you through whether or not you are eligible. They can also help you complete application forms, advise you on the evidence needed from you and answer any other questions you may have.

 

What should you do if you do not think you are eligible for a bursary but are still worried about money?

Come and speak to Student Support Services. It is very important that you speak to someone if you have any financial concerns during your time at Carshalton College.

 

 

Additional Support Funds

There are a number of additional funds that you may be eligible for; please apply directly to the relevant funds.

Care to Learn

The aim of Care to Learn is to give financial support to teenage mothers and fathers who want to continue their education or training and need help with the cost of their childcare.

You can get Care to Learn if:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course
  • you’re the main carer for your child
  • you live in England
  • you’re either a British citizen or a national of a
  • your course is publicly funded (check with Customer Services or Student Support)
  • your childminder, pre-school playgroup, day nursery or out of school club is registered with Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission

You’re not eligible for Care to Learn if:

  • you’re an apprentice who gets a salary
  • you’re doing a higher education course at university

You can get up to:

  • £160 per child per week if you live outside London
  • £175 per child per week if you live in London

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:

  • childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • a childcare ‘taster’ session (up to 5 days)
  • keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays
  • taking your child to the childcare provider

 

Childcare payments go directly to your childcare provider. Payments for travel costs go to your school or college - they’ll either pay you or arrange travel for you.

Payments will stop if:

  • you stop attending your course
  • you finish your course
  • your child stops attending childcare

 

Applications can be made now for courses that start at any time. For more informationLearner Support helpline
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Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

How to apply:

  1. Find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers service on 0800 100 900
  2. Fill in the application form and send it to the bank.
  3. The bank will decide if you qualify for a loan.
  4. You take out the loan with the bank and agree to their repayment conditions.

You should apply 3 months before your course starts to give the bank enough time to process your application. You will need to check with your benefits office before you take out a loan as it can affect the benefits you’re entitled to.

 

To be eligible to apply you must be 18 or over, have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts, plan to work in the UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course.  Courses must only last up to 2 years, or 3 years if they include 1 year of work experience and must help with your career - they don’t have to lead to a qualification. You can’t get Professional and Career Development Loans for first full-time degrees but you can apply for funding for higher education courses.

 

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that have to be paid back. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course.  The government pays the interest while you study and for 1 month after you leave your course. After this time, you start repaying the loan and interest.  You have to repay your loan even if you don’t complete the course or your course provider goes out of business.

 

Contact the National Careers Service for further advice on Professional and Career Development Loans. 0800 100 900 Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm or visit www.direct.gov.uk for more information.

 

Funding for Higher Education courses

Student loans are available for students enrolling on HNCs, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and Degrees, including Teacher Training.The main student finance package includes a Tuition Fee Loan, and a Maintenance Loan.  Tuition Fee Loans pay for your course. Maintenance Loans help with living costs (e.g. accommodation, books, and bills). Loans must be paid back.  You might get extra help on top of this.

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on your university or college, your course, if you’ve studied a higher education course before, your age, your nationality or residency status. You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these.

If your course finishes before 2017, repayments won’t start until April 2017.  Your repayments are linked to your income. You only make repayments when your income is over £21,000 a year. If your income drops below this amount, repayments stopPart-time students sometimes start repayments while they’re still studying.  Each month you pay back 9% of any income over £21,000.  For more information on Higher Education funding, visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance or www.slc.co.uk

 

Any Questions?

There are many different ways you can contact us:

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Drop in to the Student Support Centre

We are open Monday –Friday 9 am – 4pm

Term time only

 020 8544 4405

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