East Kent College is committed to supporting students in order for them to overcome any financial barriers to participate in education.
Listed below are the types of support that may be available to help you with course related costs such as kit, equipment, books and travel.
16-18 Guaranteed Bursary – for students who are in Care or a Care Leaver, those who are claiming Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right or those who are claiming Employment Support Allowance together with Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance in their own right. Successful applicants may be entitled to up to £1,200.
16 – 18 Discretionary Bursary – for students where the household income is £18,500 or below. Allocated amounts for successful applicants will vary dependant on travelling distance to your chosen campus.
Free College Meals – these are for students who live in a household where certain benefits are claimed, such as income support and JSA.
Care 2 Learn – free childcare for students (you must be 20 years old or under when you start your course. Your child must be in registered childcare for you to be eligible)
16+ Travel Card – If you are 16-18 and are eligible for the 16-18 Bursary the College may pay for this for you, if you are not eligible you can purchase the card yourself via the College.
Successful applicants for both of the 19+ Funds may be entitled to up to £750 for course related costs. For details of amounts available for childcare funding please contact Support Services at your chosen campus using the contact details below.
Learner Support Fund – for students who are 19 or over at the start of their course and have a household income of £18,500 or below.
19+ Loan Bursary – If you have an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course, you may be entitled to help with course-related costs and childcare if your household income is £18,500 or below.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria but feel you are facing financial hardship and require support, please complete the student finance application form and return it to the Welcome Building with proof of income and a covering letter. Each case will be looked at on an individual basis and any awards made are at the discretion of the College.
If your application is successful you will receive a letter explaining the support that has been allocated to you. This may include the following:
If you have been allocated support with travel there are several ways this may be given to you:
If you are 16-18 and have been confirmed as eligible for free school meals you can claim these by going to the refectory at your campus and swiping your College ID card.
If you have been awarded support for your Kit, Equipment or uniform the College will order those directly for you, to be delivered to the appropriate campus. Please note we cannot reimburse for any kit and equipment already purchased.
For students aged 16-18, please see notes above regarding the Care 2 Learn Scheme
If you are 19+ and are awarded Childcare, the College will pay allocated monies directly to your chosen Ofsted registered childcare provider on a monthly basis, during term time only
If your application for the 16-18 Guaranteed Bursary is successful, you will meet with your Learning Mentor to discuss the best ways to utilise your bursary monies.
It is the learner’s responsibility to inform the Department of Work and Pensions about any DLS support received from the College, as DLS payments may affect your eligibility to some benefits.
If your fees are £300 plus, you may wish to pay for your course by instalments through a direct debit payment plan. A 20% deposit is payable at 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. (EEA residents only, subject to status.)
Some key points to note about paying this way are as follows:
By entering into an instalment plan, there is a commitment to pay the full tuition fee, even if you do not complete the course. This should be considered carefully by anyone wishing to spread the payment of their fees using this facility.
Further information is available on request from our student admissions team, who can be contacted on 01843 605049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're starting a Level 3 or above course on or after 1 August 2016 and you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the tuition fees charged by colleges and training organisations. It's easy to apply, your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. You won't have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.
To see if you are eligible click here, or speak to the College's Support Services Team
For more information about financial support while you study contact the Support Services Team at your campus:
Broadstairs - 01843 605062 (email email@example.com)
Dover - 01304 244333 (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Folkestone - 01303 858300 (email email@example.com)
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