Nelson and Colne College has an extensive financial support package to allow us to assist our students with any barriers they may face.  Our dedicated Student Services team will provide you with essential help and advice on all money matters.  Our financial support can help with the cost of books, trips, lunch and travel (dependant on individual circumstances).

Financial Support for 16-18 year old students

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:

  • Free bus travel*
  • Equipment awards for students on various courses including Hair, Beauty, Art, Public Services, Engineering, Childcare and Health and Social Care
  • Free College meals**

There is also a Guaranteed Study Bursary* of up to £1,200 a year for students who are one of the following:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
  • In the care of the Local Authority
  • A Care Leaver

Travel

All 16-18 year old students are eligible for subsidised termly bus passes, available to purchase from Student Services.

Students with a household income below £30,000 (gross) per year can apply for:

  • Free bus travel
  • Free equipment and uniform (if applicable) – on various courses including Hair, Beauty, Art, Public Services, Engineering, Childcare and Health and Social Care

Free Breakfast and Meals

All students arriving before 9am each day can enjoy a FREE healthy breakfast in our Refectory. Free fruit is available to all students whilst in College.

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 with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400
  • 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

Eligible students will receive a credit of £2.50 onto their student smart ID card each day they are in College.  Funds not spent on the day will not be transferred over to the next day.

If you believe your son/daughter is entitled to free College meals and require further information, contact our Student Services team on 01282 440209.

Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) – Industry Placements

Support may be available to vocational students undertaking CDF industry placements who may need to travel further to access their placements and/or incur additional costs for equipment and clothing.

Vulnerable Study Bursary*

Student may receive up to £1,200 a year if they are:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit (in their own right)
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (in their own right)
  • In the care of the Local Authority
  • A Care Leaver

Apprenticeship Bursary for Care Leavers*

Apprentices are eligible to receive a one off payment of £1000 bursary payment if they have been in the care of the local authority (in care) defined as:

  • An eligible child – a young person who is 16 or 17 and who has been looked after by the local authority/health and social care trust for at least a period of 13 weeks since the age of 14, and who is still looked after
  • A relevant child – a young person who is 16 or 17 who has left care after their 16th birthday and before leaving care was an eligible child
  • A former relevant child – a young person who is aged between 19 and 21 (up to their 25th birthday if they are in education or training) who, before turning 18, was either an eligible or relevant child.

Care to Learn Scheme (Childcare)

Students aged under 20 on the first day of the course can apply for support with childcare costs through the Care to Learn Scheme.  Details and how to apply are available at https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

*subject to conditions, fund availability and evidence being provided

Financial Support for 19+

Students can apply for support from College Bursary funds*, applications will be assessed individually and support awarded based on financial need.  Available support includes:

  • Course – related costs, including trips, books and equipment, domestic emergencies and emergency accommodation
  • Transport costs
  • Childcare costs
  • Exam fees
  • Accreditation fees, professional membership fees and any fees or charges due to external bodies
  • Registration fees

*subject to conditions, fund availability and evidence being provided

Financial Support for Higher Education Students

HE Hardship Loan

The College has a loan facility available to students that have a financial need*.  The cost of the support provided to the student will be in the form of a repayable loan.

Available support includes:

  • Course-related costs, including course trips, books and equipment (where these costs are not included in the tuition fee), support with domestic emergencies and emergency accommodation
  • Transport costs
  • Professional membership fees and any fees or charges due to external bodies
  • Support provided by others, or by providing items or services or cash direct to the learner

HE Hardship Grant

The College has a grant facility available to students that have a financial need*.  The support to the student will be in the form of a non-repayable grant.

Available support includes:

  • Course-related costs, including course trips, books and equipment (where these costs are not included in the tuition fee), support with domestic emergencies and emergency accommodation
  • Transport costs
  • Professional membership fees and any fees or charges due to external bodies
  • Support provided by others, or by providing items or services or cash direct to the learner

*subject to conditions, fund availability and evidence being provided

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 speaking to 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.

The financial support package is reviewed each year and may be subject to change. Speak to our Student Services Team for more information.

*Evidence will be required

*Dependent on individual circumstances