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Student Finance at Swindon College

FE Student Finance and Travel 2018/19

One of the most difficult things about studying today is coping on a limited budget. This section aims to explain all the different forms of help and how to access it for Further Education Students.

Student Finance

The Student Finance Team are based in The Avenue in the Phoenix Building and can offer Financial Support towards the costs of studying. Please read the below information on the different bursaries available for our FE students.

 

16-18 Learner Support Funds 
There are funds available for Students to help towards essential course costs. Please click here for a fact sheet that outlines what help is available. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.

16-18 Application form

Click here to download a copy of the Application form.

All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means. 

All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided, and these must be copies as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

 

19+*Adult Education Bursary (AEB).

There are funds available for Students to help towards essential course costs. Please click here for the 19+ AEB fact sheet that outlines what help is available. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.

*The Adult Education Bursary is for students who are 19+ on the first day of their course, studying Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications, or who are under 23 and studying their first Level 3 qualification.

19+ AEB Application form. 
Please click here to download an Application Form.
All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means.  

All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided and these must be copies, as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

 

19+ Loans Bursary Funds (LBF)

There are funds available for our 19+ Students who have taken the Learning Loan for tuition fees. Please click here for the 19+ LBF fact sheet, which outlines what help is available. The money is available for help towards essential course costs. What you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances, your household income, the course of study and how far you live from the college.  Part of the criteria for the 19+ Loans Bursary Fund is that you have taken the 19+ Learning Loan for your tuition fees.
For information on the Learning Loan for tuition fees click here https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/overview

19+ LBF Application form 

Click here to download an application form.
All applications must be printed, completed, dated and signed by the applicant and returned by post. Applicants may not submit applications by fax, e-mail, internet or other electronic means.

All information, documentation and materials required in the application form must be provided and these must be copies, as originals cannot be copied and returned. Incomplete, unsigned or undated applications will not be considered for a bursary.

 

Free College Meals (FCM)

If you were entitled to free school meals at school or you or your parent/carer are on certain benefits, then you may be eligible for help with meals whilst you are at college. Please see the table below for details of the eligibility criteria. You can apply for FCM using the 16-18 Learner Support Fund Application form.  
Click here to download an application form

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance  (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC)
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa.

 

 

Childcare

If you wish to apply for financial help for childcare provision whilst you are studying then help may be available through one of the following schemes. 

If you are under 20 on the first day of your course you can apply through the Care to Learn scheme for childcare. Help to do this is available through The Student Finance Team and details of the scheme are available at https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview. To book an appointment for help please contact us at the details below.

If you are over 20 on the first day of your course help may be available through either the 19+ Adult Education Bursary or the 19+ Loans Bursary Fund. Please read the details on each of these schemes to see which one you should apply for.

All childcare should be with a qualified provider registered with Ofsted. For help and advice on which fund to apply to please contact The Student Finance Team.

Tel 01793 491591
Email studentfinance@swindon.ac.uk

For a list of registered childcare providers please contact your local council.

 

Terms and Conditions

Any funding would not be available until the first day of attendance on your chosen course.

The same level of funding cannot be guaranteed year on year as the budget changes each year, along with our policies. Therefore Students will need to submit an application for each academic year.

All our funds are subject to Students meeting funding rules set out by the government and the Swindon College Bursary Policy.

Our funds are allocated on a first come first served basis and once all the funds are allocated we will close the fund. All applications are processed in date order of receipt to ensure fairness.

If Students are successful any help provided cannot be made until Students have started their course.

Payments for equipment will be transferred to the department. Students should not order equipment if they are eligible for funding as the college will order it for them. Where a % is allocated towards the equipment costs you will need to contact The department administrator to pay the remaining balance. Any equipment will not be ordered until all outstanding monies are paid.

Travel will be paid by voucher where possible. Where we need to pay Students it must be into a Student’s account only.

In order for a Student to remain eligible for funding they must adhere to College Policy & Process and maintain high levels of attendance and punctuality (minimum 90%) in all timetabled classes. Students must also update us on any changes to financial or personal circumstances throughout the year. It is a Student/parent’s responsibility to inform the Benefits Office of any Bursary Allocation if you are claiming benefits.

If a Student withdraws early from their course they will be expected to re-pay part or all of their allocation dependant on the time and reason for withdrawing. 

Students will be informed of the outcome of their application by letter.

 

Appeals

You can appeal against any decision that has been made. You should write to the Appeals Panel, Student Finance, Swindon College, North Star Ave, Swindon, Wilts, SN2 1DY within 21 days of the letter informing you of the decision.

 

Travel Information

Buses
Students under 19 who live over two miles from college may be eligible for a free or reduced fare bus pass. Please contact your Local Council for further information.

Swindon                              T 01793 466213
Wiltshire                              T 01225 713398

For general ticket information please contact the bus company:

Thamesdown Travel - 01793 428428 - www.thamesdown-transport.co.uk
Stagecoach West - 01793 521415 - www.stagecoachbus.com
Salisbury Reds - 01202 338420 - www.salisburyreds.co.uk
Travel Line - 0871 200 22 33 - www.traveline.info

Trains
Students may be entitled to reduced-fare on trains. For further information and terms and conditions, please contact National Rail Enquiries or go to your local station.
Tel 08457 484950
Website www.nationalrail.co.uk

 

Student Finance

Tel 01793 491591
Email studentfinance@swindon-college.ac.uk
The Avenue, Phoenix Building

Student Finance Co-ordinators: Sue Woolhouse & Melissa Cogzell

Open times
Monday & Tuesday 8:45 - 4:45
Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00
Thursday 8:45 - 4:45
Friday 8:45-4:15

The application forms for all our funds are available from The Student Finance Office, The Avenue, Phoenix Building.