THE INFORMATION BELOW IS NOT RELEVANT TO STUDENTS AGED:
*19 AND ON THEIR SECOND YEAR OF A TWO YEAR STUDY PROGRAMME
*19-25 AND IN RECEIPT OF AN EHCP
STUDENTS WHO FALL INTO THESE TWO CATEGORIES SHOULD CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO THEM
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 2022/23
The information on this webpage is tailored for learners who enrolled on a programme with us in September 2021 / January 2022.
If you are a learner looking to study a programme with us in September 2022/ January 2023, you can use the information found on these pages as an overview of the funding that may be available. If you will require financial support or you would like further information – fill in the request for an application form here.
Please be aware that the Financial Support Fund Team will be on annual leave from Monday 23 May until Monday 6 June 2022.
During this period we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions below to support any queries you may have:
Will I have to Pay tuition Fees?
If you are aged 18 or under on 31st August 2021, you do not have to pay tuition fees (subject to residency criteria).
If you are aged over 18 years of age on 31 August 2021, whether you have to pay or not depends on criteria such as age, eligibility for discounts and whether you live in the UK, European Union (EU) or overseas.
Click here to find out if fees apply to you.
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:
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 – if you are unsure what evidence you need to supply, which fund you should be applying for or would like to know if you may be eligible prior to applying – you can complete our funding checker here.
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.
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)
Key updates regarding funding will be posted here.
Do you have Children and want to study at College?
£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+
You may also be entitled to claim additional funds from the following Bursaries. Please see their websites for further details.
- Bingham Trust Bursary
- City & Guilds Bursary
- Fairfield Endowed School Trust Grant
- David Miller Travel Bursary
- Clive Mahony Bursary
- Henry Sale Foundation Bursary
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.