Funding and financial support
All full-time further education students who are EEA Citizens and have been resident in England for 3 years may apply online for financial support from the Residential and Discretionary Learner Support Fund (including Free College Meals) for help towards the cost of attending College.
Applications from students who are age 19+ and are resident in a Devolved Combined Authority area (for more information see our FE tuition fees page), will be considered by the relevant authority area. Please complete the application form below and supply the information required regarding household income.
Students who reside in Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own funding arrangements.
There may be exceptional circumstances where, on occasion, Welsh students may wish to travel or reside in England to study when specialist provision is not offered locally, if this applies to you please complete the online application form.
Financial support could include:
- Transport now including help towards the cost of travel to your work placement
- Essential clothing and equipment
- Tuition fees
- And even your food while you are at college
Applications are considered on an individual basis and assessed using household income.
If you are in receipt of benefits and your application is successful, you must advise the benefit agencies of the support you receive as this may affect your benefit eligibility.
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For information about meal allowance on your student ID card, click here.
Residential Bursary Fund
The Residential Bursary Fund is intended to support students who are participating in a designated specialist subject area, in the case of Reaseheath College this would refer to students who are studying a land-based course. This excludes the following subject areas – Food, Business and Events, Construction, Motor Vehicle engineering courses, Public Services and Sport. Eligible students must live outside reasonable daily travelling distance of Reaseheath College. If this is the case, the same course must also not be available at another College that is within reasonable daily travelling distance of home.
Discretionary Learner Support Funds
Limited Discretionary Learner Support Funds are available to contribute towards educational costs for students aged 16 and over. They are targeted at those in greatest need with a household income below £31,000. An assessment of household income will be made to determine the level of assistance to be awarded.
Guaranteed Group Bursary Fund
Funding is also available to students to help those in greatest need, who reside in England and are aged 16-18, for example young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Personal Independence Payment.
Evidence that you fall into one of the above categories is required, but proof of household income is not.
Free College Meals
Students facing financial hardship, aged between 16-18 on 31st August on the same year they intend to start their course may be eligible for free college meals. Find out who is eligible and what award is available here.
It is possible to amend your application if your financial circumstances change during the year, we will re-assess your Bursary taking into account the new information that you provide. If at any time you disagree with our assessment, you can appeal the decision. To be re-assessed or to appeal, write to the Student Finance Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details and copies of evidence, or appeal via your online application.
How is my application assessed?
We will need to assess your household income to ascertain how much help we can offer. You will need to supply copies of benefit letters/P60/self-employed accounts or bank statements for the previous tax year along with your online or paper application form. We aim to assess your application within 10 working days, but this could be longer during busy periods. Please apply as early as possible to avoid delay. You will receive an email with the outcome of your award.
How much help will I get?
The amount of assistance that you will receive depends on the assessment of your household income. There are bandings below the £31,000 threshold to determine the level of award, with the maximum amount of assistance going to those on the lowest household incomes.
Do I have to pay the bursary back?
No, although your award will be reduced if you withdraw from College.
Does my attendance affect my bursary?
Yes, you need to maintain 90% attendance to receive bursary payment. Your award will be reduced if you withdraw from College.
When will I receive the award?
The award made will be credited to your accommodation invoice. The bursary will not normally cover the full cost of your accommodation. Your invoice will show the shortfall that you will have to pay, and information about how to arrange a payment plan.
Travel costs to work experience placements are a set daily amount that will be paid directly to your bank account depending on when you undertake your work experience.
Where an award has been made for Public Transport costs, you will need to hand in your tickets or receipts at the end of each half term. We will then check the registers during the half term holidays and make a payment to your bank account for the days that you attended College.
A list of the items covered by your award will be sent to you along with your award letter. Receipts for purchases made, or the receipt number if ordered through the College Online Store, must be given to the Student Finance team. We will then assess these and make the appropriate payment to your bank account. The first assessment of receipts will take place in October, subsequent assessments will be made each half term.
Free College Meals
A daily allowance of £2.75 will be allocated to your student ID card, this can be used to purchase a meal in any of the College catering outlets. In addition, you will receive a payment for each day that you are attending work experience, this will be paid to your bank account.
The award made will be credited to your Tuition fee invoice. The bursary will not cover the full cost of your Tuition fee, the invoice will show the shortfall that you will have to pay, and information about how to arrange a payment plan.
The award made will depend on the outcome of your household income assessment. This will only cover the full cost of your stock duties if you have been awarded the maximum. Where there is a shortfall, you will need to pay this at the time of your stock duty to the Student Finance team. All students must pay the £10 room key deposit via the College Online Store, which is refunded when the key is returned.
Payment will be made monthly to your childcare provider. They will need to send an invoice each month and we will pay a percentage of the fee depending on your award, directly to them for each day that you attended College.
Residential Trips Fees
Your department will be informed if you have been awarded assistance with your Residential Trips Fees. If your award doesn’t cover the full fee, you will need to pay the shortfall.
Your department will be informed if you have been awarded assistance with your Laundry Fees. If your award doesn’t cover the full fee, you will need to pay the shortfall.
We can only make payments if we have your bank account details! Don’t forget to complete and return the form to the Student Finance team. All payments should be made to the students own bank account. We can make payment to another account in exceptional circumstances. The student would need to give their authorisation on the bank details form. Payments will be in accounts approximately two weeks after each half term.
Additional Funds available
College Course Bursaries
You may also be entitled to claim additional funds from the following College Course Bursaries. Please see their websites for further details.
Care to Learn
Care to Learn enables young parents under the age of 20 to continue in or return to learning after the birth of a child by assisting with the costs of childcare and associated travel.
For more information on the scheme and for how to claim visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.
Any Welsh post coded learner who attends College in England can apply for EMA or ALG. Further information on this is available from www.studentfinancewales.co.uk/ema or by telephoning 0300 200 4050.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you are aged 19+ and are thinking about studying a Level 3 qualification, an Advanced Learner Loan could help pay the fee charged for your Tuition. Students who choose to fund their Tuition fees through an Advanced Learner Loan can also apply for financial support with College expenses, from the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary using the application form above.
Please note the information contained in these pages may be subject to change and is updated on a regular basis to reflect this.