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Bursary Support

College courses only, (not HE or Apprenticeships)

funding@southdevon.ac.uk  Freephone 08000 380123 

We offer a range of support for students who are either starting or continuing their College studies with us from September 2017. You may be entitled to support towards; course equipment, uniform, DBS checks, meals, tuition fees, childcare and travel! 

Apply Online! You can now apply directly online using the link below, this allows you to complete your application and upload your evidence directly to the Helpzone Funding Team. This means no paperwork, no relying on post and you can track your application progress!

Apply directly HERE (All ages): Online Bursary Application

Please Note: There is a limited amount of funding available and applications are assessed on a first-come first-served basis. Your application will be means tested and proof of household income must be provided at the application stage. 

16-18 Vulnerable Bursary Payments:

There is a £1,200 Vulnerable Bursary available to you if you are aged 16-18 at the start of your course and are in one of the following categories:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • In Care or is a Care Leaver
  • In receipt of both Disability Living Allowance/PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and Employment Support Allowance 

Please apply using the standard Bursary Application Form and provide sufficient, recent evidence.

Childcare Support

Aged 16-19: Students can get financial help with their childcare costs from Care to Learn. Care to Learn will pay for:

  • Childcare costs whilst you learn
  • A deposit if one is charged
  • Travel expenses to and from your child care provider

Apply online

Aged 20+: Students aged 20+ can apply to our Adult Bursary Fund for help towards childcare costs. 

19+ Advanced Learner Loan for Level 3-6 Courses:

Level 3-6 Advanced Learner Loan Tuition Fee Support

If you're aged 19 or over and want to study a Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you'll need to pay for the cost of your course.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a Government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £404 a week or £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.
  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over £21,000, before tax. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn.

For more information, click here.

 

Click on the link below to apply directly for a Bursary:

Online Bursary Application

 

If you cannot apply online, please click the link below to download your Bursary Application Form

17/18 Bursary Fund Application Form 

 

What you might need additional finance for

Type of funding (finance) available 

Age 16-18 

Age 19+

Tuition Fees Fee Remission (FREE tuition) or Advanced Learner Loan Available on all full-time fundable courses

Free tuition for your first level 1/2/3 course, if 19-23, subject to course eligibility. State Benefits may also waive Level 1 & 2 fees, dependant on your individual circumstances.

The Advanced Learner Loan is available for students studying a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 FE course (Not HE)

Travel South Devon Travel Pass or petrol allowance funded through bursaries  FREE Travel Pass applied for through the Bursary Fund dependant on household income.  Travel Pass or petrol allowance awarded. Amount and eligibility dependant on individual circumstances. 
Equipment  Essential equipment/books/uniform can be supported through bursaries  Funding available, eligibility criteria applies Funding available through, eligibility criteria applies.
Childcare costs Funding available through bursaries and government schemes  Apply directly to Care to Learn. Eligibility not linked to household income. Aged 16-19 Care to Learn is available if aged under 20 at the start of the course. All other childcare support can be applied for through the Bursary Fund. 
Food Free College Meals Eligibility for Free College Meals assessed through the Bursary Fund  Only available to those with an Education Health Care Plan. Other eligibility criterion also apply

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have applied to the 17/18 Bursary Fund, when will I hear back?

Once we have received your fully completed and signed application form, along with sufficient supporting evidence of income, we will write to you or email as soon as possible. At peak times, this may take up to 20 working days. Please apply early to avoid delay.  

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2. How much will I get if I am eligible?

It will depend on your personal circumstances and household income. The bursary is used to support towards essential course materials, travel, meals, tuition fees and childcare (If applicable). Not all bursary awards will be paid direct to you in cash as some awards may be paid as a voucher, travel pass or if applying for childcare, this will be paid directly to the provider.

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3. Do I need to be on a full time course to be able to apply for this fund?

If you are aged 16-18, yes you need to be on a full time course to be eligible for bursary.

If you are aged 19+, you do not need to be on a full time course but your bursary award will be assessed dependent on how many hours you are studying.

Please note: Apprentices & HE/Uni learners are not eligible for this bursary and if you are a 14-16 learner you will only qualify for a SDC Travel pass from the bursary.

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4. If I buy my kit/equipment/books before the course starts will I get any money back?

If you receive an award from the fund and provide the receipts we will refund up to the value of the award for these essential items after the course has started in September.

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5. I don’t know how much money I will need for course books, equipment, materials, and course visits. Where can I find this information?

If you have not already been informed of these costs at your interview, you will be notified following your My Course day in July. We will take all of these costs into account when making an award and the Bursary Fund will contribute towards them for those who qualify. 

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6. What does ‘household income’ and ‘means-tested’ mean?

Your household income is as follows:

  • If you live alone – your income
  • If you live with a partner – your income and their income combined
  • If you are under 25 and live with parents (including step-parents/carers/guardians) – their income combined, not your income  

Note that by income we also need to know about any benefits being received by any of the above and we will need to see evidence of this.

Once we have the above information we are able to means-test the application, this is where we make an award based on your household income. This allows us to make sure that we are helping those that need it the most.

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7. As I was at the College last year, do I have to provide any evidence for this year?

Yes, you will need to re-apply and provide recent evidence of income each year. This is in case any circumstances have changed. We are not allowed to assess based on last year’s evidence.

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8. I need to provide evidence of proof of income for my Bursary Fund application, how do I do this?

The evidence you need to provide is outlined on the front of the Bursary Fund application. If you have a query, please feel free to contact the Helpzone on 08000 380123 or email funding@southdevon.ac.uk

Helpzone Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday: 0830 – 1700
Friday: 0830 - 1630

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9. Is there a deadline to send in my Bursary Fund application?

To ensure your funding is in place for when you start in September, we advise you submit your application as soon as possible. We will accept applications all year however there may be a delay in you receiving your bursary and funds may be fully allocated.

Please note: funds are limited and we recommend you apply as soon as possible to secure your funding