What is the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund?
The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is available to students aged 19 years and over, and who have a total household income of less that £25,000 per year, to support them to continue in full time education and training by providing a contribution towards the costs of attending College such as transport, food, childcare, equipment and other course related costs. Please note that this is a limited fund. Students must meet the eligibility criteria. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
Please note that if you are age 24+ and on a level 3 course you should apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary.
Am I eligible for the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund?
To be eligible you must:
- Be an enrolled student on a full time government funded course
- Be aged 19+ on 31st August 2015
- Have 'home' student status or have been granted full 'refugee' or 'asylum seeker' status
- Have been 'ordinary resident' in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with 'settled status' which means having indefinite leave to remain
- Maintain at least 90% attendance
- Have a household income of less than £25,000
What support is available for childcare?
Please note that if you are under age 20 you should apply to Care to Learn for help with childcare costs. If you are age 24+ and on a Level 3 course you should apply for the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary.
Students aged 20+ can apply to the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund for support towards childcare costs. This is a limited fund and students must meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 90% attendance. Please note that childcare funding applications will usually only be considered for children above 3 years of age and up to a maximum contribution of £150 per week per family (or a maximum of 5 additional hours per week if your child is eligible for a Nursery Education Grant). Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.
Current Government policy is that 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible. Visit https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs to find out more.
Please note that students are expected to secure their Nursery Education Grant prior to applying to the College 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
How do I apply for support through the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund?
- Complete this application form, answering all questions in full
- Provide evidence of your household income
- Return your completed application and evidence to the Student Support Services Team
- For childcare support please also fill in the 'Childcare Application Form' (available from Student Services)
What Happens Next?
Your application will be assessed and we will then write to you to advise you what support you are entitled to and how this will be provided. If your application is not successful we will write to you to notify you of this.
Can I appeal against the College's decision?
You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the Student Support Services Team.
How will I be paid?
The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is paid on a half termly basis and the first payment is paid to every eligible student who applies. All following payments are dependent on your attendance and behaviour. ALL students MUST have an attendance of 90% throughout their course to maintain regular payments.
The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name. If you cannot open a bank account please inform a member of the Student Support Services team (in very exceptional circumstances we can issue cheques) and there must be a legitimate reason for you NOT to have a bank account.