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Financial Support FAQs

Who will be eligible to apply for the Bursary Fund?

Students must be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021. Students must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, for the last three years.

Will the Student Bursary be income assessed?

Yes, the Student Bursary will be assessed on household income of the person financially responsible for the student and with whom they live.

If the student lives independently or claims Income Support in their own right, only the student’s income will be assessed.

What is Evidence of Income?

Evidence will need to be provided of income i.e. P60, current working tax credit award notice all pages universal tax credit awards by 3 months, benefit letters from DWP. Applications will not be considered without valid evidence.

Example-of-a-UC-monthly-award-notice.pdf

When can I apply?

You can apply at any time throughout the year depending on your circumstances.

Will payments be backdated once I have applied?

Payments will only be backdated if you apply before October half term.

How will you know if your application is successful?

The College will write to all applicants informing them of the outcome of their application. This will outline the level of assistance they will receive.

How will payments be made?

BACS transfers need to be paid to the student’s own bank account. A basic bank account (which students can open at age 16) allows BACS transfers and allows the student to withdraw money. More information on basic bank accounts can be found at British Bankers’ Association.

 

What to do if you are not happy with the decision regarding your application?

Applicants are able to appeal against any decision made regarding their application. Appeals should be made in writing outlining reasons for the appeal and sent to the Finance Department at the College.

What do I do if I have changes in circumstances?

You will be required to inform the Bursary Fund Administrator of any changes in your financial situation.

Data Protection

Any data supplied will be protected by the Data Protection Act 1998/GDPR 2018.

 

Confidentiality

Applications and evidence of income are only seen by staff involved in the delivery of the Student Bursary Scheme.