There are ways in which the College can help you with costs, so please get in touch if you have any queries. Families in receipt of a low income or a means-tested benefit may be eligible for assistance from the College’s various types of funding.
Students in financial hardship can apply for help with the costs of compulsory materials, equipment, meals, travel, and residential trips and visits.
To find out if you are eligible for financial support contact the Student Support team on 01278 441233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students aged 16-19 who meet the criteria relevant to their courses or interests are invited to apply for one of our Scholarships or Specialist Bursaries. Find out more here.
Students aged 16-18 (or 19-25 with an EHC Plan) may be eligible to apply for Free School Meals if their parents/carers are in receipt of at least one of the following benefits:
Eligibility will be determined from the evidence provided with the 16-19 Bursary application. A separate application for Free School Meals is available on request for students aged 19-25 with an EHC Plan.
Students applying for the 16-19 Bursary who are not eligible for Free School Meals but whose net household income is below £40,000 may be eligible to apply for the Meal Card Scheme instead.
The Free School Meal or Meal Card Scheme entitlements will be uploaded onto the Student ID Card for use in any of the food outlets at Bridgwater, Taunton and Cannington.
The government allows use of the bursary fund in individual cases of severe hardship, to provide meal support on the days a student attends their study programme, for a student who is in real need, without undertaking the checks on household income or gathering other evidence that would normally be required.
Students or parents who need to access this support can email us on email@example.com outlining the situation, or referrals can be made to Student Support from staff. The Student Support team will assess the need and award £5 a day to eligible students be spent in College outlets. They will also assess an appropriate duration of the award and advise where a 16-19 bursary provides a more suitable option.
Please consider an application for the 16-19 Bursary in the first instance as we may be able to provide meal support for longer and for other things through this fund.
Students under 19 and who are considered to be vulnerable young students may be eligible for up to £1,200 (essential course fees will be deducted from this at where applicable). This award is based on students studying a programme of at least a 30-week duration – students studying less than this may be eligible for a proportional award. The amount students can receive is based on the individual financial need of the student, therefore eligibility may not necessarily mean students will receive any funding. The following criteria applies for this bursary:
Students aged under 25 who are a relevant child, eligible child or former relevant child (as determined by the Local Authority) and are starting an Apprenticeship after 1 August 2023 may be eligible for a bursary of £3000 payable in instalments over the first year of their Apprenticeship. For apprentices starting before 1 August 2023, it is a single payment of £1000 in their first year. More information can be found on the Gov.uk website.
To find out more information, or to request an application form, please contact the Student Support Team on 01278 441233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can access the LSF, to help with the cost of equipment, exams, travel or tuition, if they meet the following criteria:
Funding is available to help students in financial hardship meet childcare costs. Students under 20 can apply for funding from the Government’s Care to Learn Fund. This covers the costs of any registered childcare (nurseries, childminders, after school clubs etc.) alongside associated transport costs. Further information is available online at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.
Students aged 20 and over can apply to the Childcare Fund. The fund is means-tested and offers support for children up to the age of 15 (or 16 for children with disabilities). This can pay up to 90% of childcare costs for Ofsted registered childminders, nurseries, crèches, breakfast clubs or after school clubs. For more information or an application form, please contact the Student Support Team on 01278 441233 or email email@example.com.
Students who are studying specialised Further Education courses that are not available more locally to their home and have no transport links to the College may be able to get help with the cost of onsite accommodation at our Cannington campus. For more information or to request and application form please contact Student Support on 01278 441233 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: if you are struggling to pay fees and are not eligible for any assistance, please contact the Finance team at email@example.com or by calling 01278 441327 to discuss further options.