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FINANCIAL HELP

One of the most difficult things about studying today is coping on a limited budget. This section aims to explain all the different forms of help available to you and how to access it. Our Student Finance team is based across both centres and is always on-hand to provide you with guidance and support.

Under 19s

16-18 Bursary 
This is available for help towards essential course costs. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.

All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means. 

All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided, and these must be copies as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

Free College Meals (FCM)

If you were entitled to free school meals at school or you or your parent/carer are on certain benefits, then you may be eligible for help with meals whilst you are at college. Eligibility criteria as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance  (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC)
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa.

You can apply for this using the 16-18 Bursary Application form.  

Discretionary Hardship Fun

This may be available to learners who attend the college. To find out more and to see if you qualify, please contact the advice and guidance team at our Kensington centre on 0207 573 5307/5325/5327 or our Chelsea centre on 0207 573 5245.

Over 19s

19+*Adult Education Bursary (AEB)

This is available to learners for help towards essential course costs. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.

 *The Adult Education Bursary is for students who are 19+ on the first day of their course, studying Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications, or who are under 23 and studying their first Level 3 qualification.

All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means.  All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided and these must be copies, as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

19+ Loans Bursary Funds (LBF)

This fund is only available for our 19+ learners who have taken the Advanced Learner Loan (https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview) for tuition fees. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.  

All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means. 
All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means. All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided and these must be copies, as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

Student Funding for HNC / HND courses

Students on the HNC / HND courses are eligible for financial support through ‘Student Finance England’ to help with a loan for the course fee and for a maintenance loan and grant to support living expenses whilst on the course.

Other Sources of Financial Help for Students

There are also a number of additional sources of finance to help support your studies and are available to students of all ages.

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