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Financial Support

At Hadlow College we believe that finance should not be a barrier to learning. For students studying on a Further Education programme, we have a number of financial support schemes in place to support you through financial difficulties, including;

  • Non-residential Bursary for Travel
  • Residential Bursary (RBF) for College Accommodation
  • Course Related Costs (essential college items)
  • Free College Meals
  • Vulnerable Bursary (Children in Care/Care Leavers)
  • Childcare Costs 

Some of the above funds are based on specific government criteria and eligibility requirements.

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 or college accommodation, 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 appropriate Non-residential Financial Support Form or Residential Bursary Fund Form available from Admissions (or by emailing admissions@hadlow.ac.uk) 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.

For more information on Financial Support for University programmes, visit the University Centre pages.

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.

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 appropriate Non-residential Financial Support Form or Residential Bursary Fund Form available from Admissions (or by emailing admissions@hadlow.ac.uk). Awards will be delayed if incomplete evidence is submitted.

Vulnerable Bursary

Vulnerable students aged 16-18 years (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 (Local Authority, or appropriate letter required as evidence.)
  • 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

The Vulnerable Bursary is based on appropriate evidence being provided. If you have any queries email bursaries@hadlow.ac.uk

If you are in care or a care leaver, additional support is available to you. For more information call 01732 853674 or contact our Designated Member of Staff.

Care to Learn Scheme for Childcare Costs

If you are a young parent under 20 you can apply for up to £160 per child, per week, to help towards your registered childcare costs.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Local Education Authority (LEA)

Your Local Education Authority may be able to help you financially, for example with your travel costs.

Please contact your LEA directly for more information.