Please note that the below process is subject to change at the Trusts discretion including variation as a result of Covid 19 restrictions on college attendance.
The College receives Financial Support funding from the Government to support young people who need financial assistance in order to continue and complete their programme of study in further education.
To qualify you must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2021 and meet the ESFA’s residency criteria and Prior Pursglove & Stockton Sixth Form College must be your main education provider.
If you are 19 or older you may be eligible if you are continuing a course you started in 20/21 or if you have an EHCP.
If none of these apply, please contact the College directly about possible alternative Financial Support options.
Students who qualify can request assistance with transport costs, meals, books, essential equipment (e.g. USB, calculator), UCAS entrance fees and trips/visits that are an essential part of the subject curriculum. All support is dependent on the type of assistance you qualify for but the College will also take into account individual circumstances when making the award, for example, travel costs related to attending college or whether the student receives guaranteed free meals.
To apply for financial support you will need to complete an application form and provide supporting evidence.
Students will be expected to maintain an acceptable level of behaviour and attendance in order to access financial support.
Financial Support will be backdated to the start of the academic year but after 31st December 2021 they will backdate only to the date that the application is received by college, please note first bursary payments only start once college term has commenced.
Financial support funding is not designed to support general living costs, but to be used towards transport, food and course related costs.
- VULNERABLE BURSARY
For students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021 and who fall into one of the following categories and need assistance with college related costs:
- You live in Local Authority care or placed in foster care by LA (inc unaccompanied asylum-seeking children)
- You are a Local Authority care leaver
- You are in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or yourself and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner
- You are in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in your own right
Vulnerable bursary payments are made weekly at a rate of up to £30 per week depending on a student’s circumstances and are subject to financial need and the college can make no award or a reduced award.
Please ask finance staff for guidance on documentation required for vulnerable bursary applications.
- FREE MEALS AND DISCRETIONARY BURSARY
For students aged 16-18 on 31st August 2021 who need assistance with college related costs such as transport, meals, trips and materials and who received free school meals during their year 11 at school (year 11 leavers only) or whose total annual household income (excluding tax credits and benefits) is below the free school meals threshold of £16,190 or whose parents (or students in their own right) are in receipt of one or more of the following qualifying benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit Run-on
- Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
(after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Also, students who are aged over 19 who are continuing on the same study programme they started before turning 19 and students aged 19-24 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care plan, may be eligible.
A weekly bursary of £10 is available subject to attendance conditions, free meals for each day in college and assistance with transport costs if living further than 2 miles from college as well as help with other course costs such as materials and trips.
- DISCRETIONARY BURSARY
For students aged 16 -18 on 31st August 2021 and whose household income is below £23,000 per annum who need assistance with college related costs such as transport, meals, trips and materials.
Also, students who are aged over 19 who are continuing the same study programme they started before turning 19 and students aged 19-24 who are subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education Health and Care plan, may be eligible.
A weekly bursary of £10 is available subject to attendance conditions and assistance with transport costs if living further than 2 miles from college as well as help with other course costs such as materials and trips.
ATTENDANCE MONITORING FOR DISCRETIONARY BURSARIES
The following outlines how the College will administer and monitor students’ attendance in relation to the Bursary Scheme:
The attendance week runs Friday to Thursday.
To qualify for payment, you are expected to attend all lessons (see overleaf). Student attendance is recorded at every lesson.
If you are absent through illness, you or your parent/guardian must inform the College by 10.00am on each day of absence. All absences reported by the Student must be confirmed by the parent/guardian either in writing or by phone no later than the end of the next working day.
Frequent or continued absence through illness may result in loss of weekly payment.
Payments will be stopped where a student is absent for a period of 4 continuous weeks or more (exc holidays) or if a student withdraws.
In some circumstances a student’s ability to attend College is affected by long-term illness or medical condition – we ask that parents inform College of these at the start of the course so that we can discuss any difficulties that may arise.
If students wish to leave College early, they must sign out at Reception. We will require further evidence for the reason for the absence & parental confirmation no later than the end of the next working day.
If you are going to miss a lesson for good reason e.g. hospital, GP or driving test (not theory test), you must inform Reception and your subject teacher in advance. We will also require sight of your appointment card.
Other appointments, e.g. driving lessons, theory test etc. should be made at times to avoid missing lessons and students will not qualify for PPC Bursary payment.
PPC bursary will not be paid for absence due to holidays, this includes college holidays
All correspondence, Queries and Appeals regarding bursary payments must be made by the student.
The table below shows how your PPC Bursary will be administered:
You are marked present (/, L, A) for all lessons in the week
You are in an Exam or on a College trip
You are at an interview or on work experience related to your studies and you have informed Reception in advance and provided confirmation.
We will authorise your PPC Bursary.
If you inform Reception about an unavoidable absence before the lesson you will be marked E
If you contact the College about an illness before 10.00am on the day of absence you will be marked (E) providing this is confirmed by your Parent/Guardian no later than the end of the next working day.
If you become ill at College and wish to go home, and you sign out at Reception, you will be marked E on receipt of confirmation from a Parent / Guardian no later than the end of the next working day.
We will authorise your PPC Bursary
You are marked absent (O or V) for any lessons in the week
You are absent for illness or other reasons and the College was not advised by 10:00 on the day of absence or the absence was not confirmed by a Parent or Guardian (marked as M)
You left College during the normal College day and did not sign out at Reception
You will be advised by
e-mail that you do not qualify for payment.
If you receive an e-mail informing you that you do not qualify for your PPC Bursary and you believe that there is an error on your register, you must complete a Query Form, (available at Student Finance Office) by 1.30pm on the following Monday. Claims for payment cannot be accepted after this time. We will investigate your query and inform you of the outcome by email.
Students must follow this process to qualify for payment. Please be aware tutors are unable to authorise payment for students.
If you do not agree with the outcome of your query you have the right to appeal.
All appeals must be made by the student on an Appeal form, available at the Student Finance Office. Appeals should be received by College within 10 working days of receipt of the outcome of the Query stage.
The Appeals Group shall consist of three people from the following group: Senior Leadership Team, Faculty Managers, and Deputy Faculty Managers. They will meet within 5 working days of receipt of the Appeal and may seek additional information from the student and staff concerned where appropriate.
The outcome of the Appeal will be made in writing to the student within 5 working days of the meeting of the Appeals Group.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
To apply for any of the financial support available, please complete an application form and provide evidence of qualifying Benefits or income (for the tax year 2020/21) and hand in at enrolment or student finance at college when you start in September or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms are available on the college website www.pursglove.ac.uk or from the Student Finance Office and staff can help you complete forms and check eligibility. All information will be treated confidentially. If you wish to discuss any element of your application in private, please ask and a separate room will be arranged.
CARE TO LEARN
Care to Learn helps young parents under the age of 20 to continue in and return to education after the birth of a child by providing funding for childcare whilst the young parent is studying. Payments of up to £160 per child per week are payable to an Ofsted registered childcare provider Young parents must complete and submit an application online and notify finance staff at college by email that they have applied to email@example.com.
Further information https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or tel 0800 121 8989
ARMED FORCES BEREAVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
Is for children of those who have died in service and whose death was attributable to service and helps to cover some of the costs incurred in obtaining further education qualifications.
Further information can be found at