We want all our students to be successful and enjoy their time here, but understand that some people are concerned about the costs of studying and travelling. Thankfully, there is a range of financial support available.
Free Healthy Meals at College
Did you get free school meals at school? You might be entitled to free healthy meals at College. For three days a week (the amount of time you're at College) you'll receive £2.41 for a meal. If your meal costs more than this you must pay the difference.
To be eligible you must be a student aged 16-18 and in receipt of certain benefits. Please contact the Student Funding Team for more details or call them on 01227 811197. Swale students should contact Jo Cattermole.
KCC 16+ Travel Card
Information about Kent County Council’s 16+ bus travel scheme for students can be found here. If the cost of travel is a concern, you may be eligible for the College Learning Allowance (see below).
College Learning Allowance (CLA)
Need help with the costs of studying? The College Learning Allowance (CLA) is available to students who come from a household with a net income below £21,000. It will help them with the costs of travel (and childcare if they're aged 20 and over). Funds are limited, so apply early.
How to Apply
- Collect a form from the Student Information Centre
- Print an application form
- ...or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Collect a form from reception
- Print an application form
- ...or contact email@example.com
16-19 Guaranteed Bursary
You may be eligible for a Guaranteed Bursary of up to £1,200 if you're not 19 until 1st August 2017 and you meet one of the following criteria:
- in care
- a care leaver
- in receipt of Income Support
- in receipt of Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments
You cannot receive both College Learning Allowance and the Guaranteed Bursary, and the funding may not be backdated or paid in advance. The funding will cease upon your withdrawal from College (when you leave).
The College may reduce, reclaim or withdraw funding if your attendance, academic performance or conduct is not satisfactory.
If you already receive benefits such as Income Support or Housing Benefit, you must declare any financial support from the College to the Department of Work & Pensions.
Advanced Learning Loans
For courses starting on or after August 2016 the government are changing the criteria of Advanced Learning Loans so that learners aged 19 or over will be able to apply.
You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of your course if you're 19 or older and the course you are studying is an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course.
Who qualifies for an Adult Learning Loan?
In order to qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan, you need to be:
- 19 or older on the first day of your course*
- Enrolling on a course at Level 3 or above (Level 3 or above courses include Access to HE Diplomas, Extended Diplomas, Certificates and NVQs). The levels are stated on our website
- You must not have previously received a loan to do the same course at the same level
*If you are aged 19-23 and you haven't already achieved a full Level 3 qualification, then you do not need to apply for a loan, as you will be eligible for fee waiver.
If you fit the above criteria then you will be eligible for the Advanced Learning Loan.
Detailed information about Advanced Learning Loans will be available on Student Finance England (SFE) website and we strongly recommend that you look at this website before you apply.
How to Apply
Please make sure you have received your Learning and Funding Information letter from the College before trying to apply.
To apply, you must have been accepted on a course and the application process is easy - you can apply online by registering here or by post using the application forms available on the Gov.UK site.
Don't forget, if your loan is to cover the cost of an Access to HE Diploma and you progress onto and complete a Higher Education course, the Access loan is completely written off.
If you have any queries with regards to the Advanced Learning Loan please contact the Student Information Centre on 01227 811188 or email us at here.
Fee Update for 2017/18 - Instalment Plans
The College has implemented a revised Fee Policy that will affect those new learners who will join us in September 2016 and assessed as having to pay fees.
The main changes are as follows:
- To be eligible for instalments the course fee must be £300 and over
- The learner will be required to pay a 20% deposit at the point of enrolment with the remaining balance paid over a maximum of 6 consecutive monthly payments, or where the course is shorter than this, at least 6 weeks before the expected end date of the course
- Documentation (i.e bank statement) providing evidence of bank details must be presented at the time of enrolment in order to set up direct debit payments. Direct debits can only be made from a bank account with a UK sort code.
Note: Adult learners who are on a Level 3 or 4 course and elect to pay course fees by means of an Advanced Learning Loan are not affected by this change.