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Fees and Financial Support

Financial Support 2016/17

Tresham offers a range of financial support services designed to support you during your studies. The support available depends on your individual circumstances, which means it is likely to be different from other students on your course. Support is available to students of any age and can be awarded to either full time or part time students.

What can I get support with?

Financial support is available to help with the costs of essential books, uniform, materials, trips and equipment such as hairdressing and catering kits. Support is also available to help with the costs of transport to and from your site of study, as well as with the costs of childcare (if you are under the age of 20 and need support with childcare costs, please have a look at the Care to Learn website).

Will I qualify for support?

In order to qualify for financial support you need to have an annual household income of less than £28,000. Household income includes all adults living at your house. The level of support you may be entitled to is based on a number of criteria. For more information about these, please ask for a copy of the Financial Support policy from our Customer Services Team.

How do I apply?

In order to receive financial support you need to complete the appropriate financial support application, and provide the appropriate evidence requested. An individual assessment is undertaken and we will notify you of the outcome of the assessment by letter within 8 weeks of receiving your completed application.

What happens if I am awarded support?

Depending on the support you have been awarded you may receive a payment directly into your bank. With the exception of help with transport and free school meals, payments will normally only be made if attendance is over 90%, because attendance needs to be checked, payments are not usually released until after October half term. Please note that the Bursary is intended to reimburse the learner a percentage of the costs – it is the learner’s responsibility to ensure they purchase what they need for their course and we will reimburse once we have checked attendance.

It may be that the support you have been awarded will be used to subsidise the cost of a bus pass or be paid directly to your curriculum department for the costs of a trip. The way your award will be made will be explained in the letter that you receive from us. If you are successfully awarded support for the costs of your child care, we will pay our contribution of the total cost directly to your child care provider, leaving you the remaining balance to pay yourself.

Where does the money come from?

A lot of the money that we are able to support you with is provided to us from the government and comes in two forms; money from the Young Peoples learning Agency (YPLA) to support learners who are aged 16-18, and money from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to support learners who are aged 19 and over.

Funding and Fees

Advanced learner loans are available for individuals aged 19 or above to undertake approved qualifications at Levels 3 and 4, at an approved provider in England. Advanced learner loans give individuals access to financial support for tuition costs similar to that available in higher education and are administered by Student Finance England.

Advanced learner loans are paid directly to the college or training organisation on behalf of an individual. They are not means tested or subject to credit checks and any individual who meets the criteria will be able to apply for a loan regardless of their current employment status. Visit Gov.uk for more information: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/how-to-apply

For further information on the cost of your course please contact the Customer Service Team.