If coming to college means extra cost to you, we may be able to help.
The ALF is a non-repayable discretionary award for students studying either part time or full time on higher education courses, providing you have taken out your full allocation of the student loan and depending on household income.
You may be able to claim additional funding from the College's Discretionary Learner Support Fund to help towards costs such as equipment, materials, travel and childcare. For information and advice contact Student Services.
If you are aged under 19 on 31 August in the academic year in which you start your course and fall into one of the identified categories listed below, you are guaranteed a bursary totalling £1,200 per the year:
In receipt of Income Support
Disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
Further details can be obtained by calling Student Services on 01530 836136.
If you are on either a full-time or part-time Higher Education (level 4 and above) course you may be eligible for grants and/or loans. For more information and application forms please visit the web site www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance or speak to the Higher Education Advisor in Student Services.
If you're aged 19 or over (24 or over if your course begins before 1 August 2016) and want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 (Level 3 or 4 only if your course begins before 1 August 2016) Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay your college or training organisation for the cost of your course.
If you are struggling with problem debt at College then free, professional help is available from debt charities like the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS). Download their Student Debt Help Guide for comprehensive, expert advice on how best to manage your money while studying. If you're still worried use, Debt Remedy, their online counselling service or call free phone 0800 138 1111 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.
For more information on financial support contact Student Services, for confidential and sympathetic advice and guidance.