16-18 College Support Scheme

This is a means-test discretionary fund that may assist learners with a variety of course related costs. It will always be conditional on your attendance at college. Payments will be stopped if your attendance goes below 90% the previous week.

Whilst we recognise that students face financial pressures, the funding you are applying for is not a right and Buckinghamshire College Group has a duty to make sure the funds are awarded fairly and to the students most in need. The funding available to the college is to help you with the cost of studying and comes from a government body called The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding agency) and is public money.

Eligibility

Buckinghamshire College Group will decide whether you will receive a discretionary payment, how much you could get, and what it should be used for once you have applied.

To apply, you must be at least 16 years old and under 19 years old at the start of the 2018/19 academic year (this is the 31st August). You must also be taking part in full-time or part-time further education or training and your family income must be under £28,000 per year.

How to Apply

Please contact Student Services - you will find details on our Contact Us Page

Make sure the bank details are valid, correct and clearly written so payments are not delayed.

The student must supply a valid email address as correspondence concerning payments will be via email, ensuring you read, tick and sign the declaration – the declaration includes permission for us to talk to the parent(s), carer(s) or guardian(s) about the student’s financial payments. If this is not ticked, we will be unable to discuss the student’s finance.

Gather your evidence – Assessments for the Vulnerable 16-19 Guaranteed Bursary will be based on different evidence depending on your circumstance.

Enrol on your course and collect a valid ID card – we cannot accept applications until the learner has enrolled.

Once you have collected all your evidence and the application form is complete, hand in your application to Student Services, Buckinghamshire College Group. 

Evidence

Gather your evidence – Assessments for the Vulnerable 16-19 Guaranteed Bursary will be based on different evidence depending on your circumstance.

Enrol on your course and collect a valid ID card – we cannot accept applications until the learner has enrolled.

Once you have collected all your evidence and the application form is complete, hand in your application to Student Services, Aylesbury College. 

All assessments for the 16-18 College Support Scheme will be based on household income and evidence will need to be supplied. An application will not be accepted if it is incomplete.

If you are on benefits or are working, we will need proof of the total household income. All documentation should show your present address and evidence for all adults receiving benefits or working should be supplied.

Please provide photocopies of documents as originals will not be returned or photocopied on your behalf.

Benefits

If you claim Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit then you must supply a copy of all six pages of your 2017 Award Notice for the relevant benefit. If the Learner’s parent(s) or guardian(s) in receipt of any of the following benefits your award entitlement letter/Benefit book from the benefit authority dated within three months of application date. 

Please provide photocopies of documents as originals will not be returned or photocopied on your behalf.

Job Seekers Allowance
Employment & Support Allowance (income related)
Income Support
Universal Credit
Pension Credit (minimum guarantee)
National Insurance Credit

Employed

If the learner’s parent(s) or guardian(s) are employed with a total household income below £28,000 in the 2016-2017 financial year then please supply the following evidence for all working adults. 

Please provide photocopies of documents as originals will not be returned or photocopied on your behalf.

P60 for April 2018 or March 2018 wage slip showing total income to date. 

If you are self-employed, we need to see an Accountants Letter stating projected earnings for 2016/2017 or a photocopy of the relevant pages of your Self-Assessment Tax Return along with any additional evidence for your partner’s earnings.

Pensions

If the learner’s parent(s) or guardian(s) is receiving pension(s), please contact Student Services  to discuss what evidence is available and how to proceed.

You can find contact details on the Contact Us page. 

What Happens Next?

Once submitted an application takes three weeks to process. During this time we ask you not to contact us as we are processing many applications. Once the application has been assessed, the learner will be informed by email of any funds that have been awarded and by when they should have been received or transferred to the relevant department.   

Additionally, if the learner is to receive Free College Meals they will be notified at this time.

Payments

In general most course related payments will be sent directly to the relevant departments. However, occasionally learners may be paid directly, so where appropriate; course costs will be transferred to your department or the assigned bank account.

If you are unhappy with the assessment then you may appeal here.

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