Financial Support

We are committed to supporting students in order for them to overcome any financial barriers to learning.


Eligibility

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.

Students who are aged 16 – 18 at enrolment

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 support you financially to apply via the KCC website. Alternatively the College may fund a weekly local travel pass for you.

If you are not eligible, you can purchase a post 16 travel card, selecting 'bus-passes'.

Students who are 19+ at enrolment

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.


Applying

All applications for financial support are treated as confidential. Any assistance granted is subject to the student maintaining good behaviour, punctuality and at least 90% attendance.

Application Process

  • Application forms are available from support services
  • Please return completed application forms to Support Services, along with all required documentation as noted on the form. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider any application where documentation is missing.
  • Your application will then be processed and if eligible you will receive a letter detailing your award.  We aim to process claims within 10 working days.  Any successful claims received before 7 September 2015 cannot be activated until enrolment. If you are unsuccessful in your claim you will receive a letter detailing the appeals procedure.

KCC 16+ Travel Cards

KCC 16+ Travel Cards

This year, as in the past, we were expecting to support students age 16-18 who require help with bus travel by obtaining KCC 16+ travel cards for their use.

Unfortunately KCC Travel Cards can no longer be obtained by us on an college-wide basis.

The College remains committed to supporting our students so if you require assistance with travel you should still apply for Student Financial Support using the forms available from our website.

If your application has been successful we will support your bus travel by issuing you with Stagecoach Megarider passes on a weekly basis.

Stagecoach Megarider weekly passes can be used for 7 days unlimited bus travel throughout Kent. Students will be able to collect their weekly Megariders from the start of term on days and times to be advised.