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Financial Support for students aged 19+

 FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

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’.

Funding support 2021/22

The information on this webpage is tailored for learners who will be studying with us in academic year 2021/22.

Follow the steps below to get started.

 

Step 1 – Which fund do i qualify for?

As we have more than one Bursary available at BLC, with different criteria for each, we find it can sometimes overwhelms visitors to our funding pages scrolling through heaps of information trying to figure out which fund if any, will apply to them.

To help make it easier for you (and us) to establish if you would be eligible for funding support from one of our Bursaries, we ask that you complete the funding checker below. This form will then tell you which fund you may be eligible for, what support that fund covers and it will also generate an evidence checklist based on the answers you provide. We advise you not to complete an application form until you have collated the mandatory evidence.

Once you have completed the quiz you can download the relevant Bursary fact files too so you know which fund you may qualify for, how we assess it and what the next steps are.

BLC Financial Support Checker – 2021/22 (Students who are due to start with us in September 2021/ January 2022)

Step 2 – What evidence should i supply

After you have completed the fund checker. We now ask you begin to collate your evidence in preparation for submitting your application. 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.

If you forgot to download/ screenshot your checklist whilst on the Support checker, you can find a copy below

2021/2022

Examples of Evidence

Step 3 – Application

Financial Support Fund Application Form 2021/22

 

Step 4 – 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)
E: studentmoneyadviceblc@derby.ac.uk

Step 5 – Updates

Key updates regarding funding will be posted here.

financial support

Applications for support in 2021/21 will close on Friday 2 July 2021.

Students may receive payments to their accounts on Friday 9, Friday 16 or Friday 23 July 2021 – our team are currently making their way through emailing each student individually regarding this along with a breakdown with their award this year, you may therefore not receive an email regarding this for a couple of weeks- please be patient.

Both new and returning students will need to complete a ‘Financial Support Fund‘ application form for 2021/22 – (a Universal application for all the Bursaries we administer at Buxton and Leek College).

Your entitlement to support in 2020/21 will not roll over onto the next academic year.

19+ Learner Support Fund

No updates

A.L.L Bursary

No updates

 

Step 6 – Overview of the Funds

Download our handouts below which will tell you more about each of the individual funds we have available for our adult learners:

 

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

 

Childcare Funding

Do you have Children and want to study at College?

 

Funding available for parents aged 20+?
If you are 20 years of age or older and need assistance with the cost of childcare you will need to apply for funding through the Financial Support Fund, see the information above.

You can apply before enrolment or during the academic year.

Important Information: The College can only pay a contribution towards the cost of childcare during the weeks and sessions when you are timetabled to be at College and during the College term-time. The College does not pay for Christmas, Easter or Summer Holidays. Costs incurred above the support granted are the responsibility of the parent to fund.

For the points above, the following detail applies:

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

*Please also note 2 – 4 year olds may be entitled to 15/30 hours of free nursery education – this entitlement must be used before making a claim for assistance with childcare

This funding can not be used in conjunction with the childcare funding provided by Universal Credit, further information regarding this can be found here.

FAQ

External Childcare funding

SURE START MATERNITY GRANT

If you are currently pregnant and need help towards the cost of your baby, you may be entitled to the Sure Start Maternity Grant, which is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child.

You will usually qualify for the grant if both of the following apply:

  • you’re expecting your first child, or you’re expecting a multiple birth (such as twins) and have children already
  • you or your partner already get certain benefits

UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHILDCARE FUNDING

You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.

You (and your partner if you live with them) will usually need to either:

  • be working – it does not matter how many hours you or your partner work
  • have a job offer
HOW MUCH YOU’LL GET

The most you can get back each month is:

  • £646 for one child
  • £1108 for 2 or more children

You can claim Universal Credit online

TAX FREE CHILDCARE

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • how much you earn
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your nationality

15/30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take) if your child is 2 or 3 – 4 years old.

If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

The childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later)

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

Please contact our Student Money and Rights Adviser for further information  

FEE REMISSION THROUGH THE SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY (SFA)

If you meet certain criteria relating to your age and/or benefits you may already receive, you may not be charged your tuition fees if – this is known as fee remission.

Find out if you may be eligible by visiting the will I have to pay for my course webpages.

£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.

 

Loans

Advanced Learner Loans For those aged 19+ 

Other Funding

Charitable Funding

Money Management

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.

Thinking Ahead

Want to take control of your money? We all do, don’t we?

Many people experience challenges with money at some point during their lives and at Buxton & Leek College, we recognise that some students may have experiences like these during their course of study.

We therefore encourage all to take time to plan ahead, and think, ‘what do I need to spend my money on?’.

Below are ten top tips that may assist you taking control of your money:

  1. Use a student bank account
  2. Spend some time planning expenses
  3. Prepare a budget sheet and list essential spend
  4. Keep a record of what you spend – be aware of your spending patterns
  5. Avoid credit cards and store cards – interest soon adds up and can be very expensive
  6. Consider standing orders or direct debits for priority bills
  7. Read the small print in mobile phone contracts. They can be expensive when free offers end
  8. Plan for extra expenses at the start of the year like for example birthdays
  9. If you need to borrow, use only interest free overdraft facilities
  10. Avoid using cashpoint machines that charge for use