Funding for Further Education Students aged 19 and over 2011/12
(If you are under 20 years of age, and still live with your parents and/or guardians you may be able to
remain their dependant whilst in full-time education. Check with an adviser at ASC if this is your situation).
Many Home or EU Further Education students do not have to pay Tuition Fees. Full and part-time students
can get help with tuition fees in several ways:
If you are on an income-assessed benefit (Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support
Allowance (ESA) in the work related Activity Group) then most courses are free. There are,
however, some restrictions regarding study and benefits (see below) and for some courses all
students have to pay;
Students studying for their first full Level 2 qualification (or first full Level 3 qualification if you do not
have a level 2 qualification or if you are under 25) do not have to pay tuition fees;
In addition, students who are progressing to Year 2 of a course, who started on the basis that it would be
free in Year 2, will be exempt from paying fees in 2011/12.
Tuition Fees at a flat rate of £350 are payable by new students who do not fall into the above categories.
College will consider help – on a case-by-case basis – for those who can show they are in hardship.
Professional and Career Development Loans can cover the cost of fees in some cases (see below).
ADULT LEARNING GRANT (ALG)
Some full-time Further Education students aged 19 and over on their second year of first full level 2 or level
3 courses can claim. The ALG policy has changed and from September 2011-12, you only receive ALG at
up to £30 per week, if you are returning for the second year of your course. Please contact ASC or ring
0800 121 8989 for an application pack.
DISCRETIONARY LEARNER SUPPORT FUND
The Government has previously provided funds to assist students in their studies. This fund continues and
it will be administered by the College based on the prevailing guidance. The funds are prioritised for those
who face financial hardship.
The College has a dedicated team administering this policy. For further assistance/guidance please
contact the Access Fund Administrator on 0191 375 4205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are under 20 years of age when you start the course the national Care to Learn scheme helps
student parents to cover the cost of childcare and reasonable travel costs between the childcare provider
and home. To apply pick up the Care to Learn leaflet which is available from local Connexions Offices and
ASC or ring the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 or log on to www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn
WELFARE BENEFITS AND THE FLEXIBLE NEW DEAL
Although not an ideal solution, welfare benefits can help students to pay for living costs whilst studying. For
most students it is not possible to claim before you are 18 years of age. The main exceptions are:
Lone Parents (Lone parents can study with no restrictions)
Those who are “estranged” from their parents
Care Leavers supported by Social Services
From 18 years of age, students can claim Jobseeker’s Allowance and study part-time (16 hours per week
or less). The students must be actively seeking work and be available for work.
Students who are living independently from their parents may be able to claim.
PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT LOANS
This scheme offers deferred repayment commercial loans for study. It can cover tuition fees and living
costs for full-time students or tuition fees only for part-time students. The Skills Funding Agency pays the
interest until the course is finished or for a further period if you are unable to find work. These loans are
available to students aged 18 and over. (This scheme is usually not suitable for Access to Higher Education
students as they will be going on to Higher Education following their course and so may have problems
meeting the repayments). Students who wish to take advantage of this scheme should either visit
www.direct.gov.uk or call NEXTSTEP on 0800 100900.
TRUSTS & CHARITIES
Many Educational Trusts and Charities will help students in hardship. Information is contained in various
books in the public libraries or students can contact ASC for Factsheet No 6 or try the website
www.scholarship-search.org.uk which provides useful tips and information.
MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM:
www.direct.gov.uk – follow the links for Young People
ASC Meetings/Funding & Welfare/Funding Factsheets/Factsheet 8
Contact ASC on 0191 375 4400 or email email@example.com or call into ASC next to the Main Reception
ASC 2011 This information is correct at the time of writing. Please check with ASC for updates