Financial Assistance for Studying at Highbury College in 2017/18

Paying for your course can be confusing, if you wish to discuss your options you can contact our Student Finance Team:

Tel: 02392 32 8954

Email: student.finance@highbury.ac.uk

Further Education

Bursary/Hardship Fund for ages 16-18

Students with household incomes below £25,000 may be eligible for help with College-related costs. The money is normally used for students who need help with travel and kit/uniform. If you wish to apply for financial support, please complete the Application Form for Financial Support and return it with proof of household income and bank statement(s) as soon as possible and we’ll assess your eligibility. Waged apprentices are not eligible.

Further Education Free Meals

Student or parents in receipt of certain benefits may be eligible for free breakfast or lunch at College. The qualifying benefits are Income Support, or Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, or The guarantee element of State Pension Credit, or Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)), or Universal Credit. Students who are over the age of 19 in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits who also have an Education Health Care Plan may also be eligible for free meals. If you’d like to apply for free meals please complete the Application Form for Financial Support and return it with proof of household income and bank statement as soon as possible and we’ll assess your eligibility. Waged apprentices are not eligible.

Bursary Fund (Students with Special Financial Needs)

If you’re 16-18 and studying for over 12 hours a week and are in Care, or recently left Care, or are independently receiving Income Support/Universal Credit, or are in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment, you could be eligible for a Bursary of up to £1,200. If you wish to apply for financial support, please complete the Application Form for Financial Support and return it with proof from your Local Authority as soon as possible and we’ll assess your eligibility. Waged apprentices are not eligible.

Care to Learn (C2L)

If you're under 20 and have one or more children, Care to Learn can help with up to £160 per week for the cost of your childcare while you're learning.
For more information please contact Care to Learn on 0800 121 8989, email C2L@studentbursarysupport.co.uk or visit direct.gov.uk/caretolearn.

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4, including QCF Certificates and Diplomas and Access to HE Courses. You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information click here.

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

Students in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan who have a household income of less than £25,000 may also be eligible for help with travel and/or childcare costs for their dependants. If you wish to apply for financial support, please complete the Application Form for Financial Support and return it with proof of household income and bank statement(s) as soon as possible and we’ll assess your eligibility. Waged apprentices are not eligible.

Hardship Fund for ages 19+ (on Level 1 or 2 Courses)

Students with household incomes below £25,000 may be eligible for help with College-related costs. The money is normally used for students who need help with travel and/or childcare. If you wish to apply for financial support, please complete the Application Form for Financial Support and return it with proof of household income and bank statement(s) as soon as possible and we’ll assess your eligibility. Waged apprentices are not eligible.

Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL)

A PCDL is a bank loan available from participating banks and you may be able to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Once you've stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way. The difference with a PCDL is that the Education Funding Agency (EFA) pays the interest on the loan while you're studying, and for one month afterwards. For more information and to apply, please contact the Call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Travel Support for Students with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities or Special Needs

Students with learning difficulties and disabilities under the age of 19 may get help with transport costs from their Local Education Authority (LEA). Contact your LEA for further information. If you live in the Portsmouth area with a postcode of PO1-PO6 you should apply to Portsmouth City Council via 02392 841 238. Students who reside in all other postcodes in Hampshire should apply to Hampshire County Council on 0845 603 5620. For a full listing of the eligibility criteria please contact Portsmouth City Council on 023 9283 4962 and/or Hampshire County Council on 0845 603 5620.

Accommodation - 16-18 Further Education Residential Support Scheme

You may be able to get help with the cost of term-time accommodation if you need to study away from home for a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification (equivalent to GCSEs and A levels) and are aged between 16 - 18. You may qualify if this is the first time you’ve studied for a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and your course is too far away for you to travel to daily. How much you get depends on your household income.

Remission of Fees

If your course is less than 16 guided learning hours per week and you’re claiming state benefits, you may be eligible for full remission of tuition fees. Payment of registration or examination fees is still required, but can be paid in four instalments. Please contact the College for further information about remission of tuition fees.

Higher Education

Student Loans and Grants

When you're studying a higher education course at college or university you'll have two main costs: tuition fees and living costs. But don't panic! Most students don't have to pay anything up front and are eligible for government-funded loans and grants (grants do not have to be repaid).
As well as student loans and grants, it may be possible to get additional bursaries. Additional support is also available for students with children or those who have a disability.
How much you receive in loans and grants will depend on your personal circumstances. 

Further information on Higher Education financing
Student Central
Tel: 02392 32 8954 
Email student.finance@highbury.ac.uk

Student Finance England
Tel: 0300 1000 607 
Visit www.gov.uk/student-finance


Full-time Students

If you’re intending to start a university level course at college you can apply for loans to help with your tuition fees and living costs. Once you've graduated you may worry that you've got an enormous debt hanging over you but there's no need to panic. You don't have to repay a penny until you get a job and are earning more than £21,000 a year.

How do I apply for a student loan or grant?

Students who meet the residency criteria and wish to start a higher education course may apply for a loan through the online service - www.gov.uk/student-finance/apply, and remember, you’ll be able to apply for student finance at the same time you make your UCAS application.

Further information about student loans

The gov.uk website is the main source for further information or you can call the free HE student finance helpline number: 0300 1000 607.

Part-time students

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learner Loans are similar to Higher Education loans. These loans are available to students aged 19 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4, including QCF Certificates and Diplomas and Access to HE Courses. You can apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification and any essential items of kit and equipment, which will be paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information click here.

Additional support

If you're a part-time student with a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you may be able to get extra help through Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs). For more information visit gov.uk.

Other financial help

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

If you intend to work in the UK or in the European Economic Area when your course finishes, you may be eligible for a loan to help with the cost of the course, books, childcare, travel or living expenses.
The government pay the interest on the loan while you’re studying (and for one month afterwards). However, you will need to pay the loan back when the course finishes, whether you’re in employment or not.
For more information, visit direct.gov.uk/pcdl

Childcare Choices

Students with childcare costs should check the website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to check whether they are eligible for any other type of financial support with their childcare expenditure.

Charitable Trusts

You can check if you qualify for funding from a charitable trust by using the Turn2us grant search tool here: https://grants-search.turn2us.org.uk/

Financial Guidance

To find out more about what financial support is available, or how to meet the cost of your course, please contact Student Central on 02392 383 131 or email info@highbury.ac.uk. Please be aware that financial support schemes can be subject to government change.