At Buxton & Leek College, we’re committed to helping students access these schemes and make sure you get the funding you are entitled to.
The Bursary fund is a discretionary and limited source of financial help for students who are aged under 19 and are experiencing hardship. Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes people in care, care leavers, those claiming income support and disabled young people receiving Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a bursary at the discretion of Buxton & Leek College. Bursary payments issued will be dependent on attendance and behaviour monitoring.
To be eligible to apply for the fund, students must:
- be enrolled on a Government funded course of further education at the College
- be aged 16-18 on 31 August 2017. If you’re aged 19 or over on this date, you may be eligible to apply for the Learner support Fund (19+ only) instead
- be a ‘Home’ student – that is someone whose home has been in the UK for three years before the start of the course, and who has no restrictions on remaining in the UK. There may be exceptions to this, and clarification may need to be obtained from a student adviser in the Student Wellbeing service
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Are you thinking of improving your career options, but worried about the cost of tuition? From August 1 2016, if you’re aged 19 or over you can study on a course and pay no upfront tuition fees by taking out a Government Advanced Learner Loan. The loan is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. It will fund most college courses at Level 3 and above.
To get a loan you must:
- Be aged 19 or above on the first day of your course (if it starts after 1August 2016)
- Live in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, EU, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years immediately before this
- Taking an eligible course that is Level 3 or Level 4 (such as Access to Higher Education or BTEC Level 3)
How much will I receive? – This will depend on the course you take and how much the tuition fees are. You don’t have to borrow the full cost of your course as you can part-fund some of it yourself.
When will I have to repay the loan? – You only start to pay back the loan once you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000. Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time if you choose to. If you are on an Access to Higher Education course and go on to complete a degree, you won’t have to repay the loan for your Access course.
When can I apply for a loan? – You will be able to apply online or by post to the Students Loan Company for an Advanced Learning Loan once you have been offered a place on your chosen course. Our Admissions Team will send you all of the relevant information that you need; you will not be able to apply without this information.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview
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The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary and limited source of financial help for students who are aged 19 and over and are experiencing hardship. It may be possible for the College to make a contribution towards childcare costs for students who are in receipt of a state benefit. However, please note that there is no guarantee that this will be possible, or what percentage of the overall cost the College will be able to meet.
Please note: There are no guarantees that you will receive money from the fund – not all students who apply will receive an award. You should not therefore base any decisions about coming to Buxton & Leek College on an assumption that you will receive an award.
To be eligible to apply for the Learner Support Fund, you must:
- not be in receipt of an Advanced Learning Loan for tuition fees.
- be enrolled on a Government funded course of Further Education at Buxton College.
- be aged 19 years or over on 31 August 2016.
- be a ‘Home’ student – that is someone whose home has been in the UK for three years before the commencement of the course, and who has no restrictions on remaining in the UK. There may be exceptions to this, and clarification can be obtained from Student Wellbeing.
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