Higher Education Bursary

What is the Higher Education Bursary?
For 2018-19 The South Thames Colleges Group is offering Higher Education Bursaries to first year students from the four categories:

 

Internal Progression Bursary: to support students progressing from any of the Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group(STCG) Level 3 or Access courses to one of STCG’s full time Higher Education programme, starting in September 2018. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

 

School Leaver Progression Bursary: to support students from non-selective state Schools with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Colleges, the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton, the adjoining London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Colleges and Elmbridge Borough Council to one of South Thames Colleges Group's Higher Education Group’s full time Higher Education programme, starting in September 2018. This bursary of £2500 is paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year.

 

Creative Industries Bursary: to support students joining on a full or part time Higher Education course in creative Industries subjects within the South Thames Colleges Group. For full time students, this bursary is £2500, paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. For part time students, this Bursary is £1250, paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary. 

Part Time Student Progression Bursary: to support students intending to study on a part time Higher Education programme within the South Thames Colleges Group for the first time. This bursary of £1250 is paid as a fee discount on first year fees 

 

Am I eligible to apply for a Higher Education Bursary?

To be eligible for the Progression Bursary or the School Leaver Bursary you must:

  • Either be progressing from one of the South Thames Colleges Group Level 3 or Access course or from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Colleges, the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Sutton and Merton, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Colleges or Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Hold a firm offer to study at one of South Thames Colleges Group's Higher Education full time courses, starting in September 2018
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously
  • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification. By this we mean that neither
  • parent holds a degree level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September2018) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver). 

 

To be eligible for the Creative Industries Bursary you must:

  • Hold a firm offer to study a full time or part time course in a subject offered by the School of Creative Industries within the South Thames Colleges Group, starting in September 2018
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously
  • Neither of your parents should hold a university-level qualification. By this we mean that neither parent holds a degree level qualification or Higher National Diploma (HND) or the applicant is a mature and independent student (over 21 years of age on 1st September 2018) or is under 21 and living independently (e.g. is a Care Leaver)
  • This will not be available to South Thames Colleges Group progressing students 

 

To be eligible for the Part Time Student Progression Bursary you must:

  • Hold a firm offer to study on a part time course in a subject offered by the School of Creative Industries within the South Thames Colleges Group, starting in September 2018
  • Be eligible to receive student finance - the maintenance loan and grant and tuition fee loan for UK students; tuition fee loan for EU students.
  • Have a household income assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of £25,000 or less.
  • Have not studied at university level previously
  • Be a mature student- over 21 years of age on 1 September 2018

Please note that these are limited funds; students must meet the eligibility criteria and submission of an application does not guarantee funding. 

 

How do I apply for support through the Higher Education Progression Bursary?

  1. Complete this application form, answering all questions in full
  2. Include in your personal statement why you’ve chosen your course, career aspirations and why STG should invest in you
  3. Provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria (photocopies only)
  4. Return your completed application and evidence to the Student Support Services Team in G75.

 

What Happens Next?

The closing date for applications is 19 October 2018. Applications will be assessed and a decision will be made by 31 October 2018. We will then write to let you know the results, and should you be successful, details of the award. .

 

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?

Internal Progression Bursaries and School Leaver Progression Bursaries: the bursary of £2500 will be paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.

Creative Industries Bursaries: for full time students, the bursary of £1250 will be paid half as a partial fee discount on first year fees, and the other half as a cash bursary also in the first year. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name. For part time students, the Bursary of £625 will be paid half as a fee discount and half as a cash bursary. The cash bursary element is paid directly into your bank account, so you MUST have an account in your own name.

Part Time Student Progression Bursaries: the bursary of £1250 will be paid as a fee discount on first year fees 

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