Please note: This information is subject to change, please contact our Helpzone Team for further information:

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of support for students who are either starting or continuing their studies with us in September 2016.

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to support from the 16-18 Bursary Fund.

Money could be available to help you pay for:

There is also up to a £1200 bursary available to you if you are aged between 16 – 18 on 31st August 2016 and are in one of the following categories:

If one or more of these statements is true for you then please let us know as soon as possible by phoning us on 08000 380 123 and we will inform you what evidence you need to provide.

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Click on the links below to download your application for financial support

16 – 18 Bursary Fund Application for courses starting in September 2016

Frequently asked Questions

1. I have applied for the 16-18 Bursary Fund, when will I hear back?

Once we have received your completed form we will write to you by letter within 20 working days, with the specific amount you will receive and how this will be paid.

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2. How much will I get if I am eligible?

It will depend on your circumstances and household income .The purpose of the 16-18 Bursary Fund is to help those that need it the most and as the fund is limited it is best used to remove financial barriers to studying, for example with helping to pay towards travel to and from college and to contribute to kit and equipment costs. The vast majority of this money will be paid in vouchers and/or travel passes at the start of the College term in September. 

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3. Do I need to be on a full time course to be able to apply for this fund?

Yes, you will need to be studying over 12 hours per week to be eligible for help. 

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4. If I buy my kit/equipment/books before the course starts will I get any money back?

If you receive an award from the fund and provide the receipts we will refund up to the value of the award for these essential items after the course has started in September.

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5. I don’t know how much money I will need for course books, equipment, materials, and course visits. Where can I find this information?

If you have not already received these costs from your interview, you will be notified following your Welcome Day in early July. We will take all of these costs into account when making an award and the 16-18 Bursary Fund will contribute towards them for those that receive support. 

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6. What do ‘household income’ and ‘means-tested’ mean?

Your household income is as follows:

Note that by income we also need to know about any benefits being received by any of the above and we will need to see evidence of these as indicated on the front of the Learner Support Application under ‘Proof of Income’.

Once we have the above information we are able to means-test the application, this is where we make an award based on your household income. This allows us to make sure that we are helping those that need it the most. The upper limit for household income for the 16-18 Bursary Fund is £21,000 (before tax).

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7. As I was at the College last year, do I have to provide any evidence for this year?

If you are under 19 on the 1st September 2016 we want you to tell us in Section 4 of the form, you will also need to provide evidence of household income. We require this information each year with each application.

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8. I need to provide evidence of proof of income for my 16-18 Bursary Fund application, how do I do this?

The evidence you need to provide is outlined on the front of the 16-18 Bursary Fund application. If, however, you are unsure, don’t worry as the Helpzone Team who will be happy to help you. You can contact us in the following ways:

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9. Can I get any help with childcare costs?

If you are under 20 years old on 01st September 2016, you could get most if not all of your childcare fees funded by a Government scheme during your studies. Application forms and further guidance is available from the Helpzone or by calling the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989.

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10. Is there a deadline to send in my 16-18 Bursary Fund application?

To ensure your funding is in place for when you start in September, we advise you submit your application before 15th July 2016. We will still accept applications after this date however there may be a delay in you receiving  your bursary. 

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