If your total annual household income is £25,000 or below you may be entitled to financial support of up to £1,000 over two years.
This is available to eligible students who meet the following criteria:
You or your parents are in receipt of:
•Income based Job Seekers Allowance
•Income related Employment Support Allowance
(May be received in conjunction with Disability Allowance)
•Personal Independence Payment
•The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
•Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
•Earned wages from a job
•Child Tax Credit (Provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of not more than the threshold for eligibility*. Please provide full tax credit notification as at April 17 or April 18 with the application.)
•Working Tax Credit run-on (Paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for WTC)
* For 17-18 the college discretionary annual household threshold should not exceed £25,000 to be eligible for the general bursary. To be eligible for free meals the government threshold for entitlement remains at £16,190.
The Transport Bursary is available to students qualifying for the General Bursary to meet the costs of a bus pass if the student lives outside a 3 mile radius of college.
The Targeted Bursary offers financial support for students who are in care, a care leaver, in receipt of income support or disabled and in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance. For eligible students the award provides funding to the value of £1,200 per year (£120 over ten months).
Free Meals Allocation
To be eligible for a free meal in the academic year 2017-18 you must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31st August 2017. If you turn 19 during your year of study you will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year. Free meals are targeted at disadvantaged students. To qualify you should be receipt of, or have parents in receipt of, one or more of the benefits listed above with an annual household income of £16,190 or below.
Sarah Cowley Educational Trust
How to apply for a bursary
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