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Fees Policy and 19+ Financial Support

FEES POLICY

The Sunderland College fees policy should be read and understood by all students undertaking a course that incurs a fee.  It is important that all students understand the financial implications detailed in the policy, particularly if they should they fail to organise a student loan or decide to leave their course early.  The policy can be downloaded using the link below.

Please download our full fees policy here.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR 19+

Support is available to adult students who are studying on a course of further education who are in receipt of a means tested benefit or with a household income of less than £16,190.  If your course is funded through an Advanced Learner Loan then your application cannot be processed until your Tuition Fee Loan status is ‘Approved’.

Support for Asylum Seekers will be made in the form of vouchers and students should be attending their nearest education institute for their study.

Support towards travel costs is available for those who live more than ½ mile from their campus of study.  Students may also receive support towards any essential kit / books & equipment.   Students aged 19-20 who are studying full time who are financially dependent on parents may also qualify for a grant.

 

GUIDANCE NOTES

ELIGIBILITY

You must be classed as a home student i.e. a permanent UK/EEA resident in order to receive financial support.

Students aged 19 or over at 31st August 2017 who are in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan or who are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16-18 are also eligible for a 16-18 bursary.

19+ financial support is available to further education students aged 19 or over on 31st August 2017, who are not normally supported by another agency.  If you are in receipt of a state benefit then please be aware that awards may be limited so they do not impact on your eligibility to benefit.   If your course is funded through an Advanced Learner Loan then your application cannot be processed until your Tuition Fee Loan status is ‘Approved’ on the online portal.

Applicants must be below the relevant income threshold, with the exception of 16-18 students travelling more than 5 miles to their campus of study.  We would still ask for evidence of household income to establish if any other support is available.

In cases of severe financial hardship or a significant change of circumstances then please contact the Welfare Team on 0191 511 6000 for more information.


CHANGE OF DETAILS

Please inform the Welfare Team of any change of details such name / address / bank account or withdrawal from the course. This will ensure payments are not delayed unnecessarily.


EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION

Application forms must be fully completed and include all required evidence:

  • Evidence of students own bank account
  • Evidence of relevant benefit or proof of household income

Evidence of relevant benefits should be no more than 2 months old with the exception of Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit where a full copy of the Award Notice for 2017 – 2018 needs to be provided.  Evidence should be supplied as photocopies as original documentation cannot be returned.

If you are applying for the guaranteed bursary then you need to provide documentary evidence of your circumstances such as a letter from your Social Worker or proof of your entitlement to a relevant benefit.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND

Applications will be assessed from 1st July 2017 until 1st July 2018.  Applicants will receive written / emailed correspondence confirming the outcome of their application together with either a payment schedule or terms and conditions of the Key Card scheme.  Payments will normally be made by monthly BACS into the student’s own bank account.

Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will be followed up with the applicant.  Late applicants may receive reduced awards subject to funds available.  All awards made will be subject to confirmation of enrolment.

If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of their application, they have the option to appeal which will be outlined in their notification letter.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

All monthly payments will be subject to the student achieving a minimum of 95% attendance, together with satisfactory progress and conduct at College.  Payments will be withheld if the student’s attendance falls below 95%.

GUIDANCE ON COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

If you require any assistance in completing the application then please contact 0191 511 6000 or call into any Student Services / Reception area of the College.

Download the application form here – Financial Support Application 2017-2018

Please make sure you have read and understood the guidance notes above before you complete the application form.