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Student Finance – What You Need to Know

2017/18 Bursary applications

Applications will be available from June 12th 2017. Please use the below information as a guide to what financial support is available.

Costs for Higher Education courses

Fees for higher education courses are determined by the government each year, and are still to be advised for 2017/18. There is no reduction in fees available for higher education courses.

Further Education Financial Support

A range of support is available for learners studying a FE course at SGS College. For more information on any of the below or other schemes that may be able to support you please email studentfinance@sgscol.ac.uk.

16-18 Discretionary Bursary

The DLSF provides students who are aged over 16 and under 19 years old with financial support for a range of educational requirements including educational trips, uniforms, equipment and study materials.

Eligibility

  • Students must be aged over 16 and under 19 at 31st August of the year of study
  • Have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for three years prior to course start date
  • Demonstrate a household income under £22,000
  • You or your parent(s)/ Guardian(s) receive one or more of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance
    • Pension Guarantee Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credits (Income section must be provided)

Applications available here from June 12th 2017

Students on apprenticeships and traineeships

Students on apprenticeship programmes, or any waged training, are employed, rather than in education. They are not eligible for help from the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

Students on traineeships programme are non-waged. They are eligible to apply for help from the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund as long as all the other eligibility criteria are met.

Vulnerable Young Person Bursary

Students who are in one or more of the groups below can apply for a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 (if they are participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more - institutions should pay a pro-rata amount for students on study programmes of less than 30 weeks). This reflects that students in these groups may need a greater level of support to enable them to continue to participate.

The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receive Income Support (IS), or Universal Credit (UC) in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

Evidence will be required for one or more of the above.

Applications available here from June 12th 2017

How we work it out

Banding

Income Bracket

Distance from college

Award

Payment Schedule

AV

Vulnerable Bursary Student

n/a

£1,200

Paid weekly during term time from October - June

A

£0.00 - £11,000

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £300.00*

 

 

Travel award is paid
25% October
25% December
25% February
25% April

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £400.00*

B

£11,001 - £16,000 or receive benefits

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £200.00*

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £300.00*

C

£16,001 - £22,000

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £100.00*

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £200.00*

* Subject to availability and change. Awards can differ depending on circumstances and time of applying.

19+ Discretionary Bursary/ Loan Bursary

The DLSF provides students who are 19 years old and over with financial support for a range of educational requirements including educational trips, uniforms, equipment and study materials.

Eligibility

  • Students must be aged over 19 at 31st August of the year of study
  • Have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for three years prior to course start date
  • Studying a Level Two or below course or studying a Level Three/ Four course and be receiving the 19+ Advanced Leaner Loan.
  • Demonstrate a household income under £22,000
  • You or your partner receive one or more of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance
    • Pension Guarantee Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credits (Income section must be provided)

Applications available here from June 12th 2017

How we work it out

(Please note this table does not show how the Advanced Learner Loan bursary payments would be set out. More information will be provided shortly regarding the loan bursary option.)

Banding

Income Bracket

Distance from college

Award

Payment Schedule

A

£0.00 - £11,000

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £300.00*

 

 

Travel award is paid
25% October
25% December
25% February
25% April

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £400.00*

B

£11,001 - £16,000 or receive benefits

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £200.00*

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £300.00*

C

£16,001 - £22,000

Inside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £100.00*

Outside 2 Miles

Material fees 100%*
Travel award £200.00*

* Subject to availability and change. Awards can differ depending on circumstances and time of applying.

Advanced learner Loans

If you are over the age of 19 studying a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to help pay the cost of your course. For more information on the Loan and how to apply click here or alternatively, please contact Olivia.styles@sgscol.ac.uk

Advanced learning Loans Booklet

Childcare

Care2Learn

For young parents, Care to Learn can provide up to £160 per week to cover childcare and associated travel costs for each child.

Eligibility

  • A resident of England
  • Aged 20 or under when you start your course
  • Caring for your own child or children
  • Using an Ofsted registered childcare provider
  • A British citizen or a national of a country within the EEA

Receiving this help will not affect your existing benefits.

Call Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989 for an application pack.

Childcare Bursary

If you are 21 or over you may be able to apply for childcare support through the bursary. If eligible the scheme can look to award a maximum of £2000.00 for the academic year to assist you with the cost of childcare. The funds are paid direct to the childcare provider termly, they are only paid if attendance is over 90%.

Eligibility

  • Students must be aged over 21 or over at 31st August of the year of study
  • Have been living in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for three years prior to course start date
  • Demonstrate a household income under £22,000
  • You or your partner receive one or more of the following benefits:
    • Income Support
    • Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance
    • Housing or Council Tax Benefit
    • Pension Guarantee Credit
    • Universal Credit
    • Working Tax Credits (Income section must be provided)

For an application form please email studentfinance@sgscol.ac.uk

EMA

Education Maintenance Allowance – EMA – is an income-assessed weekly allowance of £30 to help students with the cost of further education. It is paid every two weeks directly into the student's bank account.

It provides young people, who wish to continue in education after school leaving age, with an incentive to earn awards through good attendance and achieving agreed objectives.

Receipt of EMA will not affect any benefits which are currently paid to your household.

Eligibility

  • You have to be between 16 and 18 years old on 31 August 2017.
  • If you are a UK citizen living in Wales, you should be eligible for EMA.
  • You must be studying at a participating school or college on an 'eligible' course that is:
    • An academic or vocational course up to and including Level 3; and
    • Full-time at school; or
    • A minimum of 12 guided hours at college;
    • Courses must last at least 10 weeks
  • You don't need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and your school/college is participating in the scheme, you can apply for EMA.
  • Your household income must be below a certain level for you to be able to receive EMA. There are two different levels, depending on your family circumstances: Household income must be £20,817 or less if you are the only young person in the household. Household income must be £23,077 or less if there are any additional young people eligible for child benefit in the household.

Unsure you qualify check out the FE calculator

To ensure you get paid on time please use the guidance notes to complete your application. You can download the form and guidance notes here:

Welsh Government Learning Grant

Similar to EMA, the Welsh Government Learning Grant can support 19+ students with weekly allowances to help students with costs of further education. It is paid every two weeks directly into the student's bank account.

  • Age - You must be 19 or over on 1st September 2017
  • Course - Your course must be 'eligible' for Welsh Government Learning Grant FE support. Your college can tell you if the course you want to do is eligible.
  • Household Income - Your household income must be £18,370 or less
  • Nationality and Residency - If you are a UK citizen living in Wales, you should be eligible. If you're not a UK citizen you may still be eligible, complete the application form and return it to us we'll let you know whether or not you are eligible.

To ensure you get paid on time please use the guidance notes to complete your application. You can download the form and guidance notes here:

Free College Meals

Free meals will be provided to 16-18 year olds the students must be in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of, one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • 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 Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
  • Working Tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

Free College Meals will also be provided to students aged 19 to 24 who are subject to a learning difficulty assessment (LDA) or education health and care plan (EHC plan)

Applications will be available from June 12th 2017.

FAQs

How long does it take to process my application?

Depending on when you apply we will try and write to you within four weeks of receiving your application.

Why haven't I received my bursary payment?

You may not have received your bursary payment if your attendance is below 90%, you can check your attendance on Pro-Portal. Alternatively we could hold the incorrect bank details for you; to check this please go to Learner Services at your local campus.

Can my bursary be paid to someone else's account?

Yes, if there is a justifiable reason you are unable to have your own bank account. Otherwise you will be expected to have a bank account open when you apply for the bursary.

My bank details have changed, what should I do?

If your bank details change you must inform us immediately. Failure to do so could course delays to you receiving your award.

How do I appeal?

All appeals need to be in writing and sent to studentfinance@sgscol.ac.uk. Appeals should briefly outline the situation and why you feel additional funds should be awarded.

How and when will I be paid?

You will be paid by BACS direct to your bank account, or nominated persons bank account. Payments will be made four times a year. Twice in term one, once in term two and a final payment in term three. Exact dates can be found on your award letter. Awards may be reduced or removed depending on attendance and behavior.

What if I withdraw?

If you withdraw from your course all bursary payments will stop, and you may be liable to pay material fees or return some or all of your bursary award.

What if I don't start my course?

If you do not start your course you will not receive any funds from the bursary, you will also receive no help towards any course fees you may be liable for.

What if I change my course?

Please notify us if you change your course, we may need to adjust any course fee awards. You can do this by email studentfinance@sgscol.ac.uk or in person at your local Learner Services.

Can't find your answer? Get in touch at studentfinance@sgscol.ac.uk

Materials fees

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is committed to ensuring that all our students receive the very best opportunities to succeed in their chosen course of study, to providing excellent value for money and reducing the materials costs for individual learners.

To ensure continued access to industry standard, high quality and safe learning resources we ask that all learners pay a materials fee for consumables and other specialist equipment that will become their property at the completion of their course.

The details relating to materials fees are course specific and will be fully explained at the time an offer of a place at SGS is made.

The College operates both a bursary scheme and a discretionary learner support fund for those who need financial support to help them meet this materials fee in addition to course-related costs.

Other costs

There may be some costs incurred as part of your course, including:

  • travel costs to and from college and work experience placements
  • educational visits and residentials
  • sports kit for Sports Academy students
  • a DBS check if your course involves working with children under 16

Please note this information is consistent with current government policy and is correct at the time of writing. Details may be changed without notice should a change in government policy occur.