Financial
Support

What help is available?

Finances can have a huge impact on your college experience. If you need help with study costs, you may be eligible for Financial Support. Whether you’re joining Queen Alex straight from school or as an adult to do your A Levels, there are various ways we can help.

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Financial information and guidance

School Leavers 16-18

If you are aged 16-18 and not studying elsewhere, you will not have to pay course fees for the majority of courses up to level 3.

Students may also be able to claim financial help towards the cost of coming to college. You can apply for bursaries and support outlined below.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (BURSARY) HOUSEHOLD INCOME LESS THAN £40K

The Financial Assistance is means tested and evidence of annual household income that will be required when applying. Certain eligibility criteria will also apply. If eligible, students may receive one, or a combination of:

  • Network One Travel Pass (worth over £500 per year)
  • Free School Meals
  • College Equipment/Kit (on applicable courses)
  • Up to £1,200 (If in care, a recent care leaver or claiming certain benefits in own right)
CARE TO LEARN (CHILDCARE SUPPORT)

This financial assistance for FE students can help with the costs of studying at college. If you are a parent, you could be entitled to help with childcare costs. For further information and / or to apply, visit – www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

RESIDENTIAL BURSARY

Students living in our Halls of Residence, on pre-cadet or sport academy who are not receiving employer sponsorship can apply to the Financial Bursary for help towards their accommodation costs (Eligibility criteria may apply).

Adult 19+ (Level 1-2)

You may have to pay your course fees, however, the Government or Queen Alex College may help with course fees on some funded Further Education (FE) courses if you:

  • Are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full level 1 or level 2 qualification.
  • You are aged 19 or over and in receipt of any of the following benefits: Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA), WRAG Group Universal Credit Incapacity Benefit Income Support, Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • You are employed with a gross annual income below £17.004.00. Payslip evidence is required. (Includes self employed)
  • Studying to gain employment, receiving a state benefit and working with a low gross income below £338 per month for lone claimant or £541 per month for joint benefit claim. Payslip evidence is required.
  • If a funded place is available and you meet any of the above criteria you may not have to pay fees. If there are no funded places available you may have to pay a reduced (co-funded) fee. Course fees can be paid by standing order.
  • If you are aged between 19-24 years and have an Education Health Care Plan you may not have to pay fees.
LEARNER SUPPORT FUND

For financial help whilst at college, you can apply for a Learner Support Fund (LSF). This financial assistance for FE students can help with the cost of studying at college. It is means tested and evidence of annual household income will be required when applying (The LSF does not need to be repaid).

If you are eligible to receive LSF, the fund may help towards your:

  • Childcare Costs
  • Funding towards travel
  • Meal allowance
  • Essential equipment costs (Only applies if self funding course fees)

Regardless of your income, you may also be eligible for LSF if you:

  • Are medically ill
  • Are in care
  • Are an adult studying your first level 2 qualification
  • Have a disability or learning difficulties
Adult 19+ (Level 3)

You may have to pay your course fees, however, the Government or Queen Alex College may help with course fees on some funded Further Education (FE) courses if you:

  • Are aged 19-23 and do not already have a full level 3 qualification.
  • If you are aged between 19-24 years and have an Education Health Care Plan you may not have to pay fees. (Can study up to level 3)

If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you can apply for the following loan to pay your course fees on applicable level 3 or above courses.

ADVANCED LEARNER LOAN

Advanced Learner Loans help to pay course fees charged by approved colleges and training providers throughout the UK. Courses qualifying for an Advanced Learner Loans are: Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 qualifications, including A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other vocational qualifications.

LEARNER SUPPORT FUND

For financial help whilst at college, you can apply for a Learner Support Fund (LSF). This financial assistance for FE students can help with the cost of studying at college. It is means tested and evidence of annual household income will be required when applying. (The LSF does not need to be repaid). If you are eligible to receive LSF, the fund may help towards your:

  • Childcare Costs
  • Funding towards travel
  • Meal allowance
  • Essential equipment costs (Only applies if self funding course fees)

Regardless of your income, you may also be eligible for LSF if you: 

  • Are medically ill 
  • Are in care
  • Are an adult studying your first level 3 qualification 
  • Have a disability or learning difficulties

GOT FINANCIAL QUESTIONS?

Ask our team and we’ll help you determine what financial support you may be eligible for.

If you’re studying with us, please get in touch with our Student Services team.

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