Financial Support

What types of financial support are available?

The College provides a range of financial support to assist learners undertaking a programme of study. The support is designed to help learners with the greatest financial needs and is subject to specific eligibility criteria being met.

A summary of the financial support available to eligible students is listed below:

In exceptional circumstances the college can offer financial support to help with the cost of tuition fees.

The College provides funding to support the cost of travel as follows:

  • All full time 16-18 learners are eligible for free travel regardless of personal circumstances.  16-18 learners receive a bus pass, allowing FREE travel to and from College during term time.  Learners using their own transport receive a mileage allowance.  19+ learners who meet the required eligibility criteria receive a reimbursement of evidenced public transport costs of a mileage allowance. 

The College provides bursary funding to support eligible students with college related expenses:

  • 16-18 learners who meet specific eligibility criteria maybe entitled to a bursary of up to £1,200 for the academic year
  • 16-18 and 19+ learners can claim a termly bursary, subject to eligibility criteria being met

16-18 and 19+ learners who meet the eligibility criteria are able to claim a FREE meal daily

The College provides funding to support the purchase of uniforms and equipment for eligible learners as follows:

  • 16-18 learners are provided with uniforms and equipment by the College where necessary
  • 19+ learners may be supported with the cost of uniforms and equipment, subject to eligibility criteria being met
  • Learners in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan are provided with uniforms and equipment as part of the course fee

Childcare funding is available for eligible learners as follows:

  • Learners aged 16 - 19 are eligible for free childcare from a national scheme called Care-to-Learn.  Information and application forms are available on-line at www.gov.uk/care-to-learn
  • 20+ learners can have the costs of childcare met for pre-school aged children that are placed with Ofsted registered child minders or nurseries. This is subject to the eligibility criteria being met
  • Funding will cover timetabled activity, plus reasonable travel time to and from College only

 

Learners will be expected to deduct free childcare made available by the Government from any potential claim.

 

For further information on the eligibility criteria attached to the schemes identified above, please contact Caroline Swainson on 01207 585 971, or email caroline.swainson@derwentside.ac.uk.

Please click here to access the College's Financial Support for Learners Policy.