Students 16 – 18
Full-time education is free to everyone under 19 on 31st August in the year you start your study programme.
Additional financial help may also be available to you from the college’s administered Learner Support Fund
The 16-18 Learner Support Fund
The government gives the college a limited fund to help those in most financial need with the cost of study. If you are eligible for the Learner Support Fund you may be able to receive the following;
- Help towards travel costs
- A contribution towards course materials costs
- Payment of any trips that are organised as part of your course
- A voucher to enable you to buy a meal while you are at college
You will be eligible to apply for this funding if:
- You are 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2017 and enrolled onto a funded course
- You have the right to live in the UK and have lived in the UK or an EEA country for the last 3 years – if you are an asylum seeker or refugee you will need to provide a copy of your Home Office letter or passport
- You live in a household where your gross annual income for the last 12 months has been £25,000 or less (subject to change)
Vulnerable Student Bursary
The government provides some additional funds to support young people who are particularly vulnerable. You will be eligible to apply for this funding if you are:
- In care or have recently left care
- In receipt of Income Support
- In receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- In receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
Anyone falling into the above groups will be able to receive up to £1200 per year which is paid on a weekly basis directly into student’s bank accounts.
How to apply for the College Learner Support Funds
To apply for any of the college funds, you will need to complete the on-line application and scan the relevant documentation evidencing your household income and residency. Once you have completed the on-line application and provided the specified evidence, a decision can be made about your funding.
Our applications are open from the enrolment period until the funds are exhausted. Funding is awarded to qualifying students on a first come first serve basis.
Child Care – Care to Learn
If you’re under 20 years old and have children, Care to Learn can help you with the cost of your childcare while you’re studying. You could receive up to £160 per week for each child.
For further information, visit here or contact the Care to Learn helpline direct at 0800 121 8989.
Information about local childcare provision can be obtained from the Coventry Family Service Directory, telephone 024 7683 4373 or visit their website here.