Depending on your circumstances you may be able to apply for help under the following schemes. We will use the information and evidence you provide as part of your application to determine the support you are eligible for.
If you are aged 16 to 19 and one or more of the following applies:
A care leaver
Receiving Income Support or Universal Credits because you are supporting yourself and/or a dependent child/partner
In receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credits AND Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
Gross Household Income of Less than £25,000 per annum
Aged 16 to 19
Aged 19+ and continuing into year 2 of a Level 3 course you started in 2019/20
Aged 19 – 24 with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan)
If you or your parent /guardian are receiving:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
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 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get).
* If you make a successful claim for Employment Support Allowance, Income Support or Universal Credits and your parent is claiming Child Benefit for you, they will not be able to continue to claim Child Benefit.
Travel payments are calculated by the cheapest route, using any available student fare card. We will reimburse the cost of any fare card we determine you need, but only once.
The teaching team will confirm any items or trips essential for your course. We will not consider support for any non-essential items. We will decide if it’s more appropriate to buy or lend you equipment. If you withdraw for whatever reason, or do not have satisfactory attendance, progress and behaviour, you may be asked to repay part of the cost of any items provided to you or to return the items. The amount to be repayable will be determined by the College.
All applications for attending a university open day or interview are considered on a case by case basis. We will look to make a contribution if there are sufficient funds available. Any contribution that we make must be agreed before you attend the open day or interview, we will not consider retrospective claims.
Students not eligible for the Free Meals in Further Education Scheme may receive a discretionary meal from the College if sufficient funds are available
Travel is paid weekly, in arrears, direct to your bank account, subject to you meeting the required attendance. We will only pay travel to those who have at least 90% attendance overall or who have a minimum of 90% attendance in the previous week (unless you are registered as a young carer, where we will adjust the attendance criteria to 80%). If you are absent for a whole week you will not be eligible for a payment, no matter what the circumstances are. There may be some instances where you have been granted an authorised absence and payment may still be made subject to confirmation from your Progress Coach and following the College’s absence process. We do not expect this to happen regularly. We will reimburse you once for any relevant fare cards needed to enable you to access the cheapest travel. You may be asked to provide receipts for proof of your journey. Please see the weekly payment calendar on our website.
If you pay for Protective Personal Clothing (PPE), kit, uniform, books and trips yourself we will reimburse you if you provide a receipt. Alternatively we can transfer the money to your department to purchase the items for you. Please remember we will only provide support towards costs and amounts that the teaching team has confirmed to us, so please check before you pay for anything yourself. Any costs applied for that are not claimed in the term that you apply will be cancelled.
For university interview and open days we will reimburse direct to your bank account the agreed contribution subject to receipts.
For Free FE Meals and Discretionary Meals, one free meal a day can be accessed via your Nescot ID card for the days that you are required to attend classes on site. You can use your free meal in any of the on site catering facilities. Please see the information on our website to confirm the meals that you can have and when.
Please let us know before you go on any work placement or trips so that we can make alternative arrangements.