If you are facing financial hardship, please speak to our Student Money and Rights Adviser. They can offer advice on support that may be available to you as a student of Buxton and Leek College. This support may be limited to students studying certain subjects, living in certain areas, or of a specific age group. If you qualify in some way, you may be eligible for:
- A bursary – which you wouldn’t have to pay back
- A loan – which you would have to pay back
- A charitable trust to purchase goods on your behalf
Bursary Funding Overview
During your time at Buxton and Leek College, there may things you have to pay for to fully engage with your course, this includes things like; childcare for the days you are timetabled to be on your course, travel to and from college, food and drinks if you’re on campus, and any additional costs for uniform, kit or equipment.
You may need to plan ahead and budget for these, or depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support from one of the Bursaries we have available.
To help make it simple, we use a universal name for all our Bursaries which is ‘The Financial Support Fund’.
Tuition Fees 2022/23
Are you a new/ prospective/ current learner looking to study with us in September 2022/ January 2023?
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Overview of the bursary Funds
What is the 16-19 bursary fund?Click the arrow to find out more.
what is the 16-19 vulnerable bursary fund?Click the arrow to find out more.
What is the Free college meals scheme?Click the arrow to find out more.
What is the 19+ Learner Support fund?Click the arrow to find out more
what is the ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN bursary fund?Click the arrow to find out more
Application and evidence
To be eligible for financial support, you must submit a complete application form and provide evidence that you meet the household income threshold. Should you choose to submit an application without evidence, your application will not be processed until the mandatory evidence has been received.
Due to limited funds being available to us each year, we strongly advise not to do this as complete applications will be prioritised and monies will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Applications are also accepted from those facing hardship – you will need to contact the Student Money and Rights Adviser to discuss your individual circumstances who can then advise you how to proceed.
Our checklists and an example of the evidence that needs supplying can be found below.
- Financial Support Fund (Bursary) Application Form 2022/23
- BLC Childcare Bursary application form – (to be completed alongside the form above for those who require childcare support)
- Vulnerable Bursary Checklist 2022.23
- 16-19 Bursary Checklist 2022.23
- Free College Meals Checklist 2022.23
- 19+ LSF and Advanced Learner Loan Evidence Checklist 22.23
- Evidence Generator (complete this if you are unsure what evidence you need to supply or for whom)
EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE
- In care/ care leaver letter
- Universal Credit Notification
- Tax Credit Notification (if paper copy must be all 6-8 pages and not renewal)
- Payslip or P45
- Most recent Self Assessment
- Disability Living Allowance letter
- ESA Notification
- Income Support Notification
- Personal Independence Payment Letter
How will your application be processed
Are you a student, parent, carer or even a member of staff and want to know how the Financial Support Fund works?
Download our policy below which will tells you all about the Funds and how we process them as a college.
Financial Support Fund Policy BLC
Support – Student Money and Rights Adviser
Should you require support with anything mentioned on these pages, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I offer drop ins and appointments for students across both campuses and work alongside the Learner Journey Team to help ensure funding is not a barrier to participation whilst studying with us.
Name: Eleanor Ives
T: 01298 330 817 (Helpline Mon- Fri 1pm-2pm)
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Do you have Children and want to study at College?
Do you have Children and want to study at College?
If you are under 20 years old and need assistance with the cost of childcare, you may be able to apply for funding through the Government’s Care to Learn Scheme.
For the points above, the following detail applies:
You will need to book an appointment with the Student Money and Rights adviser and have a copy of your childs birth certificate/ child benefit claim to hand.
You must be using an OFSTED registered provider which may be a Nursery, pre-school setting or childminder.
If you need support looking for the right childcare for your son or daughter, we have a list of Registered Childcare Providers
FEE REMISSION THROUGH THE SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY (SFA)
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£1,000 BURSARY FOR YOUR DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
Buxton & Leek College is part of the University of Derby. Eligible students who choose to continue their studies by moving into higher education at the University of Derby will receive a £1,000.00 Financial Boost (£900 as a cash award plus a £100 study resource card for Blackwell’s Bookshop). For further information on the Buxton and Leek College Bursary and other Financial Support available to University of Derby students click here.
Advanced Learner Loans For those aged 19+
MANAGING YOUR FINANCES
From time to time, we all experience problems with money.
You may have thoughts such as:
- ‘I am finding it difficult to manage my money.’
- ‘I am worrying about my current debt, or running up debt.’
- ‘How do I keep better track of my financial comings and goings?’
Be reassured that you can take control of your money, with the first steps in doing so being to simply recognise it.
We can assist you by suggesting ways in which you can reduce your spend, make the most of your income, and work with you to take back control of your finances
WELFARE & BENEFITS
Many full-time students are not entitled to claim benefits.
Students who are lone parents or are in receipt of disability benefits however, may be entitled to receive certain benefits as a full-time student.
Please contact Citizens Advice if you would like to discuss your entitlement. Citizens Advice Bureau offer appointments through Student Wellbeing at the Buxton campus throughout term time.
Other useful links
www.hmrc.gov.uk/home – for general information about tax and benefits.
www.entitledto.co.uk – for information on benefits and what you may be entitled to.
www.gov.uk – for guidance on employment, debt, benefits and tax.