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Financial Support

We have introduced an extensive financial support package for our full-time 16-18 year old students to allow us to assist our students with any barriers they may face. Support available may include:

College Bursary Fund

Assistance from our College Bursary Fund is available to students aged 16-18 with a household income of £30,000 (gross) per year or below. The following awards are available:

  • Travel e.g. free term bus passes
  • Kit, consumable and uniform awards for students on a range of vocational courses
  • Discretionary support

All awards are made on a first come, first served basis, so early applications are recommended. Evidence of household income is required before awards can be made. Download an application form here: guaranteed-study-bursary-guide-and-support-booklet, call into Student Services or ring 01282 440209.

Guaranteed Study Bursary

Students in receipt of Income Support, who are in Local Authority Care, a Care Leaver or in receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) may be entitled to a guaranteed study bursary of £1,200. Contact our Student Welfare Adviser on 01282 440292 for more information. Please note that the benefits must be in the student’s name and not that of parents or carers.

Free College Meals

The Government has extended free meals from school aged children to College students. The available funding is for disadvantaged students aged between 16 and 18 at the start of their course. For the purposes of eligibility, ‘disadvantaged’ is defined as the student being in receipt of, or having parents who are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with a gross income of under £16,190)
  • Universal Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Students will need to complete a College Bursary application form and provide recent evidence of the qualifying benefit. Once the application has been approved, a credit of £2.50 per day will be added onto their student smart ID card for each day they are in College.

If you believe your son/daughter is entitled to free College meals and require further information, contact our Student Services Team Leader on 01282 440303.

Free Breakfast and Fruit

All students arriving before 8.45am are entitled to a free breakfast in NCC Fuel, the College Refectory. In addition, free fruit is available to all students, all day. Students need to ensure they have their College ID card to collect the free breakfast and fruit.

Council Tax Exemption

Your local council may request a certificate which proves that your son/daughter is a full-time student at College, if they are 18 or over. Students can request a certificate by calling into Student Services. There is usually a 2-3 day turnaround for requests, however during busier periods this may take longer.

If you are the only adult living in your property and your son/daughter turns 18, you may be eligible for a discount on your Council Tax. Contact your local council for information. If you are in receipt of Housing and/or Council Tax Reduction, it is essential to provide a Student Certificate once your son/daughter turns 18.

Child Benefit and Tax Credits

Child Benefit can be claimed for full-time students between 16 and 19. The course must be ‘non-Advanced’ which, for the purposes of Child Benefit includes A Levels, all BTEC Levels and Cache qualifications. Your son/daughter must have started, enrolled or been accepted on their course before the age of 19.

For more information contact the Child Benefit Helpline on 0300 200 3100 or go to www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19. In addition if you are eligible to receive Child Tax Credits, the same age criteria apply. Evidence of enrolment is usually not required to continue your claim.

Travel Support

All full-time 16-18 students are eligible for financial assistance with travel to college.

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