Welfare & Financial Support

There’s money available for students who may need financial help with study costs as long as you attend college regularly and work hard.

See details below of our brand new scheme called Queen Alex Maintenance Allowance or QAMA, which has been set up by the College to help students facing financial obstacles.

Queen Alex Maintenance Award

The College receives money from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to provide discretionary support to students facing financial hardship. The support is allocated to those students with specific financial need that could prevent them from studying.

Who's eligible?

  • Any student attending full or part time Further Education funded courses can apply. It is intended for expenses not covered by other sources.
  • All applications are means tested.
  • If your household income, including benefits is below £25,000 you may be eligible for support.
  • If your income exceeds £25,000 and you can show you are in financial hardship which could impact on your attendance at college, please complete the TyneMet/QA Support Funding application form. You will need to provide a covering letter explaining your circumstances and supporting evidence along with the application form. This will be assessed by the Appeals Panel.

What can you receive financial support for?

If you are eligible, you can receive help with:

  • Travel
  • Essential course related equipment, materials, trips etc. (without which you could not complete your course)
  • Lunches
  • Financial hardship and emergencies

Student Welfare

From time to time we all have bad days and it seems impossible to juggle everything you have going on at College and at home. We offer a confidential counselling service that students can access on campus.

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