Financial Support

 

 

 

 

Bursary Fund

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  1. Criteria for the allocation of bursary funding 

 

Non-Discretionary 
Priority  Criteria  Indicative Bursary 
 

1 

  • Young people aged 16 and 17 in care 
  • Care leavers 
  • Young people receiving income support (or Universal Credit) in their own name; and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) 
£1,200 per annum, payable in 10 monthly instalments 
Discretionary 
Priority  Criteria  Indicative Bursary 
 

2 

Students who are unable to access any other form of learner support funding and parental income including child tax credit and working tax credit is below £16,190 p.a. 

 

£800 per annum, payable in 10 monthly instalments 
 

3 

Students who are unable to access other forms of learner support funding and either parent/ carer is in receipt of: 

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Incapacity benefit 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit 
£800 per annum, payable in 10 monthly instalments 
 

4 

Students who are unable to access any other form of learner support funding and parental income including child tax credit and working tax credit is between £16,190 and 

£25,000 p.a 

£400 per annum, payable in 10 monthly instalments 
 

5 

Students who are unable to access any other form of learner support funding and parental income including child tax credit and working tax credit is between £25,000 and 

£36,000 p.a 

Between 25% and 75% of any one off cost incurred. Payments will be approved by a panel to determine the level of support available. 
 

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Students who do not fall into any of the above categories but whose circumstances are causing them to suffer hardship or who are at risk of being unable to continue their studies because of hardship.  Between 25% and 75% of any one off cost incurred. Payments will be approved by a panel to determine the level of support available. 

How To Apply

Student applications should be submitted within term 1 of each academic year.  

  • Complete a Bursary Application form – Bank account must be in the students name. 
  • Applications must be supported by evidence of circumstances. 
  • Parents and students are encouraged to make early application in September, but they can apply for a bursary at any time during the academic year 
  • If a student feels aggrieved about how their application for a bursary was handled, they should follow the CLF Post 16 complaints procedure, and put their complaint in writing to the Principal of CLF Post 16. 
  1. Bursary awards payment criteria 
  • Payments made to teaching academies or departments to cover particular course costs (e.g. examination resit fees, sports kit) 
  • Purchase of essential equipment on loan to the student for the duration of the course (e.g. text books, which should be returned at the end of study) 
  • Travel costs may be considered upon application, such as a contribution towards bus/train fares and fuel. Fuel will not be paid as mileage, receipts must be provided for consideration. 
  • One off payments/costs will be considered but only as a contribution of between 25% – 75% of the total cost. Students will need to be prepared to pay for or contribute towards the cost of these items before they are purchased. 
  • To contribute to and support additional costs related to study programmes (e.g. towards the cost of excursions, materials, visits to University Open Days). Students will be required to provide receipts and complete a Bursary additional claim form. Reimbursement will be proportional, not in full. Large resource items or costs (over £100) will not be considered (i.e. laptops, hotels, musical instruments) 
  • Attendance is monitored regularly. In order to avoid any freeze on payments, students are expected to attend 90% or higher of their timetable. Lower attendance will jeopardise payments. 
  • Satisfactory attendance is understood as meaning that no absence is unauthorised. A warning will be given and then a payment withheld in the event of unauthorised absence. 
  • If a student is absent for a five day period through illness or for other authorised reasons then payment will not be made for that period. 

Discretionary bursary is never a guaranteed payment. All applications are considered and approved by a panel. Payment of all awards will be dependent upon satisfactory behaviour and attitudes as specified in the student agreement. Whole or part payment may bewithheld if standards in this regard are not met.

  1. Evidence required 

Whatever you have declared must be backed up by evidence (photocopies accepted) in order for an assessment to be made. No action will be taken until full, satisfactory evidence has been provided. 

The table below shows the evidence you will need to provide with your application form. Once you have declared and identified your benefits on the application find the ‘Type of Income’ that applies to you in the first column and the ‘Evidence Required’ column will tell you what you need to provide. 

All evidence must be current and a complete and full copy (all pages). 

Type of Income 

 

Evidence Required 

 

Check 

 

Annual Salary  P60 for the previous tax year, or week 52 (last week in March) pay slip or month 12 (March) pay slip   
Income Support 

 

Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Job Seekers Allowance  Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Employment Support Allowance  Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Incapacity Benefit 

 

Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Carer’s Allowance 

 

Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Council Tax Benefit 

 

Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Any other benefit 

 

Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Working Tax Credit  CURRENT Working Tax Credit Award Notice. Must be for full year and not partial awards (FULL AWARD NOTICE)   
Child Tax Credit  CURRENT Working Tax Credit Award Notice. Must be for full year and not partial awards (FULL AWARD NOTICE)   
Grants or bursaries etc.  Relevant paperwork detailing entitlement and amount paid   
Disability Living Allowance  Entitlement / Award letter – dated within the last 3 months   
Any other income 

 

Relevant paperwork   
Free School Meals 

 

Confirmation letter   

 

The easiest way to tell us about your income is to send your latest Tax Credit Award Notice (form TC602) that correctly states your total household income for the tax year. Do not send us your Review Notice (form TC602R) or a Tax Credit Award Notice that does not state your correct income for the tax year. 

A Tax Credit Award Notice is sent to you if you receive working tax credit or child tax credit.  

The figure you need to give us is your total income shown on the inside pages of your notice – not the amount of tax credits you receive.