At Hadlow College we believe that finance should not be a barrier to learning. We have a number of financial support schemes in place to support you through financial difficulties.
If you or your family are on low income, where household income, including some means-tested benefits, is less than £30,000 gross per annum, you can apply for financial support from bursary funds towards the cost of travel, essential course related costs such as uniform, and childcare costs (see also www.gov.uk/care-to-learn for those aged under 20 years).
Assessment is based on the completion of the Non-residential Financial Support Form available from Student Support Services (or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) and submission of evidence as indicated on the form. Awards will be delayed if incomplete evidence is submitted.
All discretionary awards made by the College are subject to eligibility and attendance levels. Where funding is awarded for travel, attendance levels are checked before each monthly payment is made, (where a payment is applicable).
Please note that there are limits to the awards, although appeals will be considered under exceptional circumstances.
Free College Meals
Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. The definition of those eligible to receive them can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-18-education-free-meals-in-further-education-for-academic-year-2017-to-2018. Assessment is based on the completion of the Non-residential Financial Support Form plus evidence of benefits received, as indicated on the form. Awards will be delayed if incomplete evidence is submitted.
Residential Bursary Fund (RBF)
To request support with the cost of College accommodation you will need to apply to the Residential Bursary Fund. Successful awards from the RBF will cover the cost of 80% of the residential fees. Financial assistance is awarded according to household income and to qualify it must be less than £30,000 (gross per annum). You will automatically be assessed for free meals if the evidence of appropriate benefits is submitted with the accommodation and RBF application forms. For further details on the application process, please call 01732 853674.
Vulnerable students aged 16-18years (or 19+ continuers and those with an EHCP) who meet the following criteria are entitled to a bursary up to £1200:
- In care
- Care leaver
- In receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support in their own right
- In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) and Disability Living (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own right
More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-young-people-16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide
Care to Learn
If you are under 20 you can apply for up to £160 per child, per week, to help towards your registered childcare costs.
Snowdon Awards Grants
Usually open from 1st February, with applications needing to be made by 31st August 2018.
The grant is aimed at helping those with a physical or sensory disability and in post-16 education, they can apply for help with additional disability-related costs that are not fully provided from available statutory funding.
Apply for help with funding such things as:
- Human help – sign language interpreters and people to take notes
- Computer equipment
- Adapted or additional accommodation
- Travel costs
- Mobility equipment
- Other costs which relate solely to disability
Applications can apply online: https://www.snowdontrust.org/grants/
Local Education Authority (LEA)
Your Local Education Authority may be able to help you financially, for example with your travel costs.