Advanced Learning Loan Bursary

The Advanced Learning Loan Bursary is available to students who have applied for and received confirmation of an Advanced Learning Loan.

Students with an approved Advanced Learning Loan and who are living on a low income (total household income of under £26,000 per year) will be eligible to apply for financial support from the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary Fund.

The aim of the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary fund is to support students to continue in full time education and training by providing a contribution towards the costs of attending College such as transport, food, childcare, equipment and other course related costs.

Please note that this is a limited fund. Students must meet the eligibility criteria. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

Please note that if you are age 19+ and are NOT on a level 3 course you should apply to the 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund.

Am I eligible for the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an enrolled student on a level 3 full time government funded course
  • Be aged 19+ on 31st August 2017
  • Have been approved for an Advanced Learning Loan
  • Have ‘home’ student status or have been granted full ‘refugee’ or ‘asylum seeker’ status
  • Have been ‘ordinary resident’ in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with ‘settled status’ which means having indefinite leave to remain
  • Maintain at least 90% attendance
  • Have a household income of less than £26,000

What evidence do I need to submit with my application to show eligibility for funding?

Evidence of Eligibility

What support is available?

The amount of funding you are eligible to receive is dependent on factors including the total household income. See Tiers and support available.

What support is available for childcare?

Students aged 19+ can apply for support towards childcare costs. This is a limited fund and students must meet the eligibility criteria and maintain a minimum of 90% attendance. Please note that childcare funding applications will usually only be considered for children above 3 years of age and up to a maximum contribution of £150 per week per family or £100 per week per family for part time courses (or a maximum of 5 additional hours per week if your child is eligible for a Nursery Education Grant). Submission of an application does not guarantee funding. 

Current Government policy is that 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible. To find out more about this please follow this link:https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs

Please note that students are expected to secure their Nursery Education Grant prior to applying to the Advanced Learning Loan Bursary

How do I apply?

Once you have enrolled for your 2017-18 course at Kingston College and you have received confirmation of your Advanced Learning Loan you can apply for financial support. To apply:

  1. Please print and complete the application form (pdf) (download Word version). Alternatively, you can pick up a form from Student Support Services in the Sports Hall during Enrolment or G75 throughout the year. If you are applying for childcare you also need to complete the childcare application form (pdf) (download Word version).
  2. Return your completed form with the required evidence in person to Student Support Services in the Sports Hall during August enrolment or G75 throughout the year.
  3. If you need help with your application please contact Student Support Services in G75 or in the Sports Hall during the August enrolment period.

What Happens Next?

Your application will be assessed and we will then write to you to advise you what support you are entitled to and how this will be provided. If your application is not successful we will write to you to notify you of this.

Can I appeal against the College’s decision?

You do have the right to appeal. If you wish to appeal please refer the College appeals process, available on the College website, or contact the Student Support Services Team.

How will I be paid?

The Advanced Learning Loan Bursaryis paid on a weekly basis and the first payment is paid to every eligible student who applies. All following payments are dependent on your attendance and behaviour. ALL students MUST have an attendance of 90% throughout their course to maintain regular payments.

The Advanced Learning Loan Bursaryis paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name. If you cannot open a bank account please inform a member of the Student Support Services team (in very exceptional circumstances we can issue cheques) and there must be a legitimate reason for you NOT to have a bank account.

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