Applying to study at Level 1, 2 or first full Level 3 qualification.
Applying to study at Level 2 or below
What is Financial Support?
Financial support is available to students who face the greatest barriers to entering, continuing and succeeding in Further Education. For students who are 19-23 and studying their first level 3 or below, or students who are 24 or over and studying level 2 or below, funds are provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) / West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to colleges and then distributed to those students whose effective participation in education and training may not be possible without the provision of appropriate levels of financial support.
Can I apply?
Yes, if the household income is £25,000 or below per year and you are on an eligible course. Please speak to a member of staff in the college’s Student Hub for more information.
The fund can offer support with the following:
- Tuition/exam fees for part-time courses (please note this is only if you are eligible for funding – you need to refer to the Student Eligibility for Funding form as there may be other routes of funding for you).
- Free School Meals*
*Students are eligible for a free meal if they:
- have their 19th birthday during their study programme: they remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which that birthday occurs, or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner
- are aged between 19 and 25 and are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) and ESF students attending their provision if they meet the eligibility criteria
What do I need to do?
You need to complete a Financial Support Application Form, which is downloadable from the bottom of this section. Alternatively, you can pick one up at any one of our student hubs.
Once you have completed the application, it must be submitted to the Student Hub along with proof of household income. Please refer to the application form for evidence required as proof of household income.
Please note that all information supplied to the college remains confidential.
Once your application has been received it will be assessed within 5 working days of receipt and if successful you will receive a letter providing details of your award. Please be aware that this might not be possible in peak times (September), so the earlier you submit your application the better.
What happens next?
Once your application has been assessed, if you are eligible for funding you will be issued with an award letter, which you will need to sign in order to accept your award. The letter should be kept safe as you may need to present it again to confirm your award.
If you have been awarded a bus pass, or a scratch card day saver (if you are part-time), you will need to collect these from the Student Hub.
Please note that travel passes are issued to a student at the start of the course. Travel passes in terms two and three will be dependent upon your attendance and is monitored through the college’s online register system.
I have to pay full cost for my course, what are my options?
We offer a no interest payment plan option for those that have to pay for their course. This is set up by direct debit for monthly affordable payments to be completed before the end of the course duration.
How do I apply for other financial support?
If you are having other financial difficulties that are not included within this application process, please speak to the Student Hub team who will be more than happy to help.
How do I apply for funding to help with childcare costs?
You will need to complete an additional application form (CF1), which is downloadable from the bottom of this section. Alternatively, you can pick one up at any one of our Student Hubs. This will need to be completed by yourself and the proposed childcare provider (only Ofsted registered providers can be used). Once the childcare application has been returned, we will continue the assessment.
Please note that until the childcare application has been received we are not able to progress with the assessment.
Once the childcare application has been submitted to the Student Hub, the form will be assessed and if successful a Service Level Agreement will be sent to the childcare provider to sign and return. Once this has been done a letter confirming your childcare support will be sent to you and the childcare provider.
How will my childcare be paid?
The childcare provider will be advised to invoice the college and they will be paid in the form of a BACS payment on a monthly basis.
*Please note that all the above are subject to change.