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Financial Support

Financing Your Journey at Coventry College

Course Fees & Fee Remission

Continuing your journey in further education will bring you many benefits, it is one of the most worthwhile investments you can ever make. Gaining higher level qualifications will increase your earning potential, open up more employment opportunities, give you enhanced personal and professional skills, and widen your access to networks.

The great news is that there is more help available than ever before to finance your journey in education.

What financial support is available from the College?

  • If you are aged 16-18 years old, courses are free
  • If you are aged 19 + you do not have to pay for Entry or Level 1 courses, or GSCE English and maths, if you have not already achieved GCSE grade A-C
  • If you are aged 19 + and are in receipt of unemployment benefits/Universal credits, you do not usually have to pay for Level 1 and 2 programmes
  • If you are aged 19+ and studying a qualifying Level 3 or 4 programmes, you can apply for an Advanced Learning loan from the government to cover the cost of your fees.

Many of our students receive support towards their travel, study and childcare expenses via our Learner Support Fund.

The financial support you can receive depends on your age, the level of course you will be studying and your family / personal income. Some support is accessed through the College and some you will need to apply to other organisations for.

Payment of Fees

If you are required to pay tuition fees, we will inform you and invoice you at the point you enrol for the course.

We have a number of ways you can pay your fees

  • 100% Settlement – This can be made by cash or cheque or credit/debit card
  • Instalments – We can arrange for you to pay over 3 instalments
  • Employer Sponsorship – If your employer has agreed to pay your fees and you would like us to invoice them, then download the Employer Fee Payment Contract or request one from Student Services.  You need to get this completed by an authorised representative of your company and you need to bring it along when you enrol.

 

Learner Support Fund

Coventry College recognises that our college support funds have an important role to play in removing barriers for students accessing and completing further education courses. It is the aim of Coventry College to use the Learner Support Funds to make the maximum impact on recruitment, attendance, retention, achievement and success rates.

What are the Learner Support Funds and am I eligible?

  1. The 16-18 Discretionary Bursary is for students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018, who live in a household in receipt of a means-tested benefit (Income Support, Income-related JSA, Income-related ESA, Universal Credit, Pension Credit or NASS Support) or earning £25,000 or less in wages.
  2. The 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary is for students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018, who are classed by their local authority as being in care or a care leaver, who receive Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name or who receive both ESA and DLA/PIP due to their disabilities.
  3. The 19+ Learner Support Fund is for students aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018, who live in a household in receipt of a means-tested benefit (Income Support, JSA, ESA, Universal Credit, Pension Credit or NASS Support) or earning £25,000 or less in wages and is to help with the costs of attending college.
  4. The Advanced Learner Loan Bursary is for students aged 19 or over, who have been approved for an Advanced Learner Loan and who live in a household in receipt of a means-tested benefit (Income Support, JSA, ESA, Universal Credit or Pension Credit) or earning £30,000 or less in wages and is to help with the costs of attending college

Who is not eligible for the Learner Support Funds?

  • Students who have not enrolled onto a programme of study at Coventry College.
  • If the student is eligible but it is more appropriate for them to receive support through learning support for the same purpose
  • Students on Job Centre Plus (JCP) Work Programmes or similar schemes are not eligible for childcare or travel support if these expenses are covered by JCP
  • Students who have been released on temporary licence (ROTL)
  • Waged Apprentices or provision with learning aims which are wholly identified as funded by other sources.
  • Students studying on Higher Education programmes

If my application is approved for the Learner Support Fund, what will I receive?

If you are approved you may receive a contribution towards essential course costs, dependant on your situation, such as travel, course materials, tuition fees, childcare, trips, and free meals (16-18) depending on funds available.

How will I receive my funding if I am approved?

Please refer to your college email as information will be sent there when your application is assessed.

Will I receive a travel allowance each month?

Yes (depending on your eligibility) but your bursary payments are based on your attendance and behaviour at college. We will check your attendance each month and if it is deemed unsatisfactory, we will not provide you with a travel allowance for the following month. If you feel you have a good reason for your low attendance, you can make an appeal to the Student Engagement Manager in Student Services, however it will be at their discretion whether to reinstate your travel allowance and we will contact your tutor to ask for their opinion on the matter to guide us in our decision making.

The amount you receive will be dependent on your age and distance from the campus you attend and the form of payment will be outlined in your assessment email sent to your college email address.

If I need childcare funding, what help will I receive?

The childcare funding you receive will be a contribution to your childcare fees, based on the time you are at college. We will not be able to fund childcare fees outside of your college hours.

Childcare payments will be made to you, not to your childcare provider unless specific circumstances prevail.

For further details of the childcare funding please refer to the Childcare Pack you will be given when you apply.

Please note: if you wish to apply for childcare, you will not receive any support towards your tuition fees. You will need to decide if you wish to claim Childcare OR Tuition Fees as the college is unable to support students for both funds.

Will the Learner Support Funds cover my living costs?

No. All bursary payments are intended to support course-related costs only and should not be used for living expenses. The Learner Support Funds are not a substitute for DWP benefits and if you are struggling with living costs, or have any problems with the DWP benefits you are receiving (e.g. if your Income Support/Universal Credit has been stopped etc.) please speak to the Student Services Team for advice as soon as possible.

Will Learner Support Funds affect my household benefits?

No. Any bursary payments you receive will not affect your household’s entitlement to DWP income-related benefits. Bursary payments are paid in addition to such benefits but you should declare these to the DWP.

When should I apply for the Learner Support Funds?

You should apply for one of the Learner Support Funds or Vulnerable Bursary (as applicable) as soon as possible, ideally before the initial deadline of Friday 21st September 2018. The amount of money we receive from the Government for the Learner Support Fund is limited, therefore we cannot guarantee funding. Students who are eligible for support are not automatically entitled to it, so should apply as early as possible.

If my application is approved for the Vulnerable Bursary, what will I receive?

If you are approved for the 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary you will be eligible for up to £1200 per year. The amount you are eligible for is dependent on how quickly you complete your application, the length of your course and the mode of attendance (full time or part time). We will calculate this in the following way:

  • If you apply from September to December, you will receive the full amount of £1200 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/ your application is approved.
  • If you apply from January to Aril you will receive £800 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/ your application is approved
  • If you apply from April onwards or in the third term, you will receive £400 divided into the number of weeks remaining from the date of your first payment/ your application is approved.

From your allocation we will pay for all your essential course costs, (these will be made “in kind”, transferring money on your behalf to the relevant college department) and the remainder of your allocation will be paid monthly, directly into your bank account. However, this is entirely dependent on your attendance and behaviour at college and should this be unsatisfactory for any particular month, then your payment(s) may be withheld.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Learner Support Fund, you must complete our online application form and upload the relevant evidence. We’ll also be taking in application forms over the enrolment period, up to and including the college funding deadline of Friday 21st September 2018.

What evidence do I need to provide?

  • Passport / Birth Certificate / UK or EU Driving Licence / Home Office Documents
  • Evidence of a bank account, in the student’s name, showing the account number and sort code
  • 2 most recent payslips, if working.

Or

Recent proof of benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • JSA
  • ESA
  • Pension Credit
  • Bank or Building Society statement dated within last 6 weeks showing evidence of the above benefit.

Or

If you receive NASS; your ARC card and a recent Post Office receipt or your Aspen Card.

And if applicable

  • A copy of your Advanced Learner Loan approval letter.

If you are In Care or a Care Leaver you will need:

  • A letter from Social Services showing your status.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / UK or EU Driving Licence / Home Office Documents
  • Evidence of a bank account, in your name, for payments to be made into.

If you are aged 20 and over and applying for childcare you also need to upload your child’s full green birth certificate (showing you as the parent) and the Childcare Funding Application Form

Where can I get further information?

Due to the volume of applications, during the months of August and September we may be unable to discuss applications or answer questions about financial support over the phone. We therefore advise you to speak to the Student Services Team or email us here

Can I appeal my funding decision?

Yes. If you disagree with a decision regarding your application, please state clearly in writing to the Student Engagement Manager in Student Services why you are appealing and attach any supporting evidence. You will receive a decision within 10 days.

General Terms and Conditions

All students making a Learner Support Fund application will be asked to sign a declaration to agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • I understand that if any income has not been declared, or if any false or incomplete information has been given, the college reserves the right to cancel further funding and to take action to recover funds already given to you
  • I understand that payments will be calculated from the date the application is approved. Costs incurred before this date cannot be claimed and will not be backdated
  • I understand that I must upload all the required evidence, applications without all the supporting evidence cannot be assessed
  • I understand if I attend less than 85% of my classes my LSF payments may be suspended or stopped completely
  • I understand that I will have to fund myself (including travel costs, which the college cannot reimburse) while my application is being processed and this may take up to three weeks
  • I understand that if I receive a monthly travel allowance it is my responsibility to ensure I use this to fund my travel costs and the college cannot provide any additional travel costs for that month
  • I understand I’ll be paid into my own bank account (unless I am not allowed to have a UK bank account)
  • I understand that payments for travel costs will only be paid during term time
  • I will notify the Student Services Team if I move address, change my timetable or change course (which may affect the level of financial support I receive)
  • I am not prohibited from taking part in further education and will declare any financial support I receive from the college to the DWP
  • I understand that I may only receive a contribution towards essential costs I have paid for and not a full reimbursement
  • I understand I’ll be paid into my own bank account (unless I am not allowed to have a UK bank account).

If you would like any of the above conditions explaining further, please contact a member of the Student Services Team.  The information in this document is correct at the time of publication, but the college reserves the right to make changes without notice when necessary.

Advanced Learner Loans

Are you over 19 and thinking about further education?

If you are looking to study a course that is level 3 or above you may be able to apply for a Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Advanced Learner Loans don’t depend on your income, there are no credit checks and you don’t need to repay anything until you are earning over £25,000 a year (£2,083 per month / £480 per week).

Applying for an Advanced Learner Loan:

If you decide to fund all or part of your studies with an Advanced Learner Loan:

  • Apply online to Student Finance England (SFE), visit here
  • SFE will assess your eligibility for a loan
  • SFE will process your application and write to you to confirm if your application has been successful (you must bring this Loan Approval Letter with you when you come to enrol)

Follow this link for a list of courses which may be eligible for the loan.

Childcare Funding

Childcare funding depends on your age, whether you are under 20 or 20 and over.

Under 20

If you are under 20 you apply to the national Care to Learn scheme, and you can get up to £160 per week towards childcare costs, including deposit and registration fees.

For further details of the scheme and to apply online click here or phone the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989

For help in finding a childcare provider you can visit the Coventry Family Information Service

If you live outside Coventry visit your own local authorities Family Information Service.

20 and Over

For childcare funding if you are aged 20 and over you will need to apply to the college Learner Support Fund.

Click here to go the Learner Support Fund page for further information.

HE Course Funding

Thinking of Studying for a Higher Education Qualification?

You can apply for loans to cover your tuition fees and help towards your living costs. The two main types of finance available are a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan and there are other grants available too.

Tuition Fee Loan

As a full time student you are entitled to a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 each year to cover your fees (this doesn’t depend on your household income), you won’t have to pay this back until you’re earning over £25,000 a year.

The good news is that Coventry College’s tuition fees are only £5,500 per year.

Part time students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,395 but Coventry College’s fees for part time courses vary between £2,950 and £4,495.

Eligibility

  • Your course must be in the UK and be a HND, HNC a Foundation Degree or a First Degree
  • It must be your first higher education qualification.
  • You can only apply if you’re a UK national or have ‘settled status`
  • You normally live in England
  • You’ve been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course

Repayments

You won’t start paying your loan back until you’ve finished your Higher Education course and your income is more than £25,000 per year. See below for the repayment amounts in relation to your salary.

Annual Income Before Tax Monthly Salary Monthly Repayment
Up to £25,000 £2,083 £0
Up to £27,000 £2,250 £15
Up to £30,000 £2,500 £37
Up to £35,000 £2,916 £74
Up to £40,000 £3,333 £112

SUPPORT WITH LIVING COSTS

Maintenance Loan

As a full-time student you can claim the Maintenance Loan to help with your living costs. The grid below shows how much you the maximum you can claim and the amount you receive is means tested on your household income.

FULL TIME STUDENT ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019
Living at home Up to £7,324
Living away from home, outside London Up to £8,700
Living away from home, inside London Up to £11,354
You spend a year of a UK course studying abrord Up £9,963

Please note that From 25 March 2016 non UK EU students must have lived in the UK for 5 years before starting their HE course to be eligible for a Maintenance Loan.

Other Grants

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

DSAs are available to students who have extra costs because of a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t depend on household income. How much you get depends entirely on your circumstances. DSAs don’t have to be paid back.

Childcare Grant

The Childcare Grant helps with up to 85% of your childcare costs if you have dependent children under 15 (under 17 if the child has special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. You can get up to £164.70 a week for one child or up to £282.36 a week for 2 or more children, depending on your household income. This doesn’t have to be paid back.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

Parents’ Learning Allowance is to help with course-related costs if you have dependent children. You can get between £50 and up to £1,669 a year depending on your income and the income of your dependents. This doesn’t normally have to be paid back.

Adult Dependents’ Grant

Adult Dependents’ Grant can help you if you have an adult who depends on you financially. You can get up to £2,925 a year depending on your income and the income of your dependents. This doesn’t have to be paid back.

If you need any further information on Higher Education funding and to apply, please visit here.

For information on loan repayments visit here.