Loading course data...
Our Student Support team can advise on possible sources of financial assistance for students studying on further education courses. The Team administers two levels of assistance to our further education students:
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to provide help to the most vulnerable young people aged 16-19 years to continue in full time education and training.
The Discretionary Learner Support Fund is available to students over 19 years of age, and assists further education students who may have difficulty in completing their course because of financial considerations. There is further information about these funds available to download from the box to the right of this page, together with the separate application form. The fund can make contributions towards:
Applicants would need to meet certain financial and residential requirements to be eligible for this funding, and contributions are dependent on funding available.
Update: The Government has introduced a new initiative called 24+ Advanced Learning Loans for learners on Level 3 and Level 4 courses who are aged 24 and over. Follow the link for full details.
The aim of these Government funds is to provide help to students experiencing financial hardship who would not otherwise be able to attend and achieve on their chosen course. Contributions may be made towards course-related costs such as essential equipment, textbooks, field trips and travel costs.
College funds are discretionary and there are strict criteria regarding eligibility and payment. Students are expected to meet the College's attendance and behaviour requirements to receive these awards.
Please note, the 16-19 Bursary awards are paid to the student, not a parent, and you will need to have your own bank account.
Please contact us as soon as you know you will be coming to Kingston College if you are aged 16–18 at the start of your course, and are:
• in the care of the local authority (a Looked After Child)
• are a Care Leaver (previously a Looked After Child)
• receiving Income Support because you live apart from your parents and are self-supporting
• disabled and receiving both Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
There are special funding arrangement for students in these circumstances and we need to ensure we are aware of you and can support you throughout your time at Kingston College. You will need to provide up to date letters confirming your circumstances. No award can be paid until you have completed your enrolment.
Help may also be available with childcare for students aged over 20, but funds for this are limited and priority is given to students whose children are aged 3 or over. Young parents aged under 20 when they start their course should apply to Care to Learn for childcare funding. For further information, please contact the Helpline on 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk.
All students applying for financial help need to show they are home students, and must also provide up to date evidence of income and of means tested benefits for themselves and/or their household. When you apply, the advisors will confirm what you will need to provide.