Financial Support for Students

There is a range of financial support available dependent on your level of study and circumstances. For more information or advice please contact the Learner Services department at our Harrow on the Hill or Harrow Weald campuses. 
Please click here to read our Fees Policy.

Young Learners

The 16-19 Bursary Fund

This fund is designed to help support young people (aged under 19 on 31st August 2018) who face the greatest financial barriers to participation in education or training. It is split into 2 parts: Discretionary Bursaries and a Young Person's Bursary.

Discretionary Bursaries

      The Discretionary Bursary can be paid to students whose family household income is below £25,000 per year. These can be split into the following types of payments:
  • A weekly bursary payment (£10 for students who live in-borough and £15 who live out of borough) subject to meeting attendance and punctuality criteria.
  • Discretionary payments may be made towards course related costs e.g. materials, course related trips, CRB check fees etc.
  • Young Person's Bursary

    • This may be paid to students who fall into one of the following vulnerable categories and are eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 per year (paid at a rate of £40 per week) subject to meeting attendance and punctuality criteria: 
    • Young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
    • Young care leavers
    • Young people in receipt of Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit in their own name
    • Young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right

    Care to Learn (C2L)

    Care to learn is intended to help enable young parents under the age of 20 years with the cost of childcare and associated travel up to £175 per week in London.

    To be eligible the young person must be:

    • Under the age of 20 on the date that they start their learning programme
    • The main carer for their child(ren) for whom they are claiming Care to Learn
    • Living and studying in England and meet the residency criteria
    • Enrolled on a course or learning programme that has some public funding
    • Using a childcare provider that must be registered with Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission

    To find out if you qualify or to apply visit the C2L website, call the Learner Support helpline 0800 121 8989 or enquire in Learner Services.

    Free College Meals

    Free School Meals have been extended to eligible students studying at Further Education colleges.

    What is it?

    Free food for the days you're in college. A food allowance of £5 will be made available for each day you are timetabled to attend classes. This allowance can be redeemed in the refectory at Harrow Weald and Harrow-on-the-Hill campus by showing your college I.D. to the refectory staff.

    The allowance does not cover crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks and must be used on the day and cannot be "saved up". Use it or lose it! To be eligible you must be:

    • Aged between 16 and 18 years old (as at 31st August 2018) if you turn 19 during the academic year you will remain eligible until the end of the academic year or your course end date whichever is sooner
    • Aged between 19 and 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC)

    And you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

    • Income Support
    • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) If you think you qualify please enquire in Learner Service.

    Download the Free School Meal Application form and guidance notes. 

    Adult Learners

    19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund (19+ DLSF)

    The 19+ DLSF is available to support adult students with meeting some of the associated costs of learning.

    To qualify the student must be enrolled on an eligible qualification programme funded by the Skills Funding Agency up to and including Level 3 and have an annual household income of below £25,000.

    19+DLSF may help with:

    • Course fees – (College registration and exam fees)
    • Materials, uniform and compulsory course kits – 100% payment where there is a designated cost as part of the course fee
    • Course related trips - 100% payment if organised by the college as a compulsory part of the learning programme
    • CRB check fees and observation/assessment fees – 100% payment if enrolled on a "care" course
    • Textbooks up to the value of £80 once the Learning Centre long term text book loan scheme has closed
    • Travel fares for full time students but will be limited to the cost of TFL 18+ Student oyster photocard discounts and subject to attendance criteria
    • Childcare costs for students aged 20+ - eligibility conditions apply

    If you think you qualify please enquire in Learner Services.


    Advanced Learning Loan

    You can apply for a Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a college or training course if you’re 19 or older and studying for an eligible Level 3 to Level 6 qualification.

    Loans have to be paid back although repayments don’t start immediately and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £25,000 a year.

    It’s easy to apply and the loan doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. 

    Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learning Loans you owe for an Access to HE course once you complete a higher education course. This means you don’t have to repay it. However, the higher education course must be eligible for student finance. 

    To be eligible you must be:

    • Enrolled on  an eligible Level 3-6 qualification
    • You must be studying at a college or training provider in England approved for public funding.
    • You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course
    • You must be living in the UK on the first day of your course and meet the residency criteria

    To find out if you qualify or to apply visit the Advanced Learning Loans website, or enquire in Learner Services.

    This type of loan does not cover degrees, HNDs or other forms of Higher Education (HE) For information on funding for HE click here.

    Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund

    The Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund is aimed at helping vulnerable students who are being funded through a Advanced Learning Loan such as those with learning difficulties or disabilities, parents who need help with childcare and ex-military personnel. This financial support is in addition to the loan amount received.

    There are two ways in which students can be helped with the Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund.

    • Additional Learning Support Fund (ALS) – can provide support including teaching assistants, learning resources or other necessary adjustments under the Equality Act 2010. ALS will be available on a needs assessed basis i.e. not related to the student's income
    • Discretionary Bursary Fund – can provide help towards childcare, travel, equipment and textbook costs

    The Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund is a discretionary fund and due to the limited nature of the fund, meeting the criteria may not guarantee funding. It is income assessed and operated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please enquire in Learner Services.


    Concessionary Fees

    You may be eligible for a concessionary fee if you are claiming certain benefits.

    Eligible benefits:

    • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
    • Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group)
    • Council Tax Benefit (not 25% single person's discount)
    • Housing Benefit 
    • Income Support
    • Universal Credit

    Fee Assessments

    Full Time Home Students  - are you over 16 and under 19 at the time your programme begins? If yes, you only have to pay for any material**/trip fees.

    Are you 19 or over at the time your programme begins? If so, you are required to pay the full fees which will be dependent on your programme of study. However, if you are over 19, you may still be entitled to a reduction in fees:

    • If you are enrolling for the 2nd year of a 2 year course and were under 19 when it began, you will only be required to pay the cost of materials**/trips
    • If you are aged 19-23 on the first day of your programme on an Entry or Level 1 course and have never taken a Level 2 course before, and you intend to progress to Level 2, or you are applying for your first Level 2 qualification, you can claim a full Level 2 entitlement and will only be required to pay the cost of any trips
    • If you are 19-23 on the first day of your programme and are starting your first Level 3 programme, you can claim a full Level 3 entitlement and will only be required to pay the cost of any trips
    • If you are in receipt of one of the benefits shown below you will only be required to pay the cost of any trips. You will need to show proof of benefit, dated within the last 6 months at the time of enrolment
    • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). This includes joint claims, where both names are shown
    • Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group only)
    • If you need to pay any fees outlined above, you may be able to apply to the Discretionary Learner Support Fund for a contribution towards these programme costs.

    Are you 24 or over and enrolling onto a Level 3 or Level 4 programme?

    You will be required to pay the full cost of your programme. This is dependent on your chosen course. You may also be able to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to cover all programme related fees. Please contact Learner Services for more information

    Please note: All fees should be paid at enrolment unless an instalment plan is agreed. For an instalment plan, you must pay at least 50% of the cost at the time of enrolment. **Material fees could include uniforms/ kits or materials depending on your programme of study.

     For more information please enquire in Learner Services located at the Harrow on the Hill and Harrow Weald campuses.

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