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Financial Support

We are committed to supporting students in order for them to overcome any financial barriers to learning.

Eligibility

Listed below are the types of support that may be available to help you with course-related costs such as kit, equipment, books and travel.

Students who are aged 16–18 at enrolment

16–19 Guaranteed Bursary – for students who are in care or a care leaver, those who are claiming Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right or those who are claiming Employment Support Allowance together with Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance in their own right. Successful applicants may be entitled to up to £1,200.

16-19 Discretionary Bursary – for students where the household income is under £23,000. Allocated amounts for successful applicants will vary depending on travelling distance. 

Free College Meals – for students aged under 18 years old as well as the household being in receipt of specific benefits such as Income Support and Income based JSA or ESA. Students aged 19-25 and have a EHCP are also eligible for free college meals (those under 19 must meet the 16-18 criteria above).

Care 2 Learn – free childcare for students, your child must be in registered childcare to be eligible. If you are aged 19 years and over this would be dealt with through the 19+ bursary.

16+ Travel Card –  If you are 16–18 and are eligible for the 16–18 Bursary, the College may support you financially to apply via the KCC website. If you are not eligible, you can purchase a post-16 travel card, selecting 'bus passes'.

More details can be provided for you by the College Services Team.  

Students who are 19+ at enrolment

Successful applicants for both of the 19+ Funds may be entitled to up to £750 for course-related costs. For details of amounts available for childcare funding, please contact Support Services. 

Learner Support Fund – for students who are 19 or over at the start of their course and have a low household income.

19+ Loan Bursary – If you have an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course, you may be entitled to help with course-related costs and childcare if your household income is low.

Applying

All applications for financial support are treated as confidential. Any assistance granted is subject to the student maintaining good behaviour, punctuality and at least 90% attendance.

Application Process

Application forms are available from College Services. Evidence is required for all categories. 

Please return completed application forms to College Services, along with all required documentation, as noted on the form. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider any application where documentation is missing.

Your application will then be processed and, if eligible, you will receive a letter detailing your award. We aim to process claims within 10 working days. Any successful claims cannot be activated until enrolment. If you are unsuccessful in your claim, you will receive a letter detailing the appeals procedure.