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Welfare and financial support

Financial support may be available for students who attend college. Details of the type of support available are listed below. If you have any questions about what support you might be eligible for, please contact the Student Finance team by emailing welfare@educationpartnershipne.ac.uk

16-19 Bursary Fund

Household income less than £25,000

If you live more than 1 mile from your campus of study you may receive travel support. Course related costs such as kit and equipment for your course.

Household income between £25,000 and £40,000

If you live more than 5 miles from your campus of study you may receive help towards the cost of travel

Travel

Eligible students will receive support via the cheapest route which may be:

  • A Go North East Key Card (Sunderland College only)
  • Stagecoach Uni Rider pass
  • 16-18 Pop Card
  • Travel will be offered in the form a suitable travel pass. A travel pass will always be considered to be the most appropriate method of support, if a travel pass is not appropriate students may receive a monthly travel allowance. This will be based on individual circumstances.
  • Students travelling a significant distance to campus or who are required to overcome transport barriers may apply for an enhanced travel payment alongside a bus pass. This payment will be looked at on an individual basis.
  • Mileage is paid at £0.23p per mile for those students who cannot access public transport.

 

If you are 16-18

You may be entitled to FREE* travel through Northumberland County Council Post 16 Travel Scheme. You must apply at https://form.northumberland.gov.uk/form/auto/post_16_student_travel

Applicants who are not eligible for free travel through the local authority may apply directly through Northumberland College Bursary Scheme.

A one-off administration fee of £50 is required with each application.

If your application form is accompanied with evidence that you or your parent/carer are currently in receipt of any of the following benefits you will be exempt from paying the fee:

● Income support
● Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
● Income-related employment and support allowance
● Guarantee credit component of pension credit
● Child Tax Credit (but not entitled to Working Tax Credit) where your annual income, as
shown on your Tax Credit award notice, is £16,190 or less
● 16–18-year-olds receiving the above benefits or tax credits in their own right
● Asylum seekers in receipt of support provided under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 

If you have received a rejection letter from Northumberland County Council Post 16 Travel Scheme, you must provide evidence of this this to be exempt from paying Northumberland College £50 administration fee.

Payments can be made at reception at your campus of study or alternatively you can pay online <insert link to world pay section of the website>

Meals

If you received free school meals when you were at school you may also qualify to receive support with free college meals.

If you or your parent/ guardian are in receipt of the following benefits you may be able receive meals on the days that you attend college.

  • Income Support
  • income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  • Students will receive £2.41 each day that they attend college.

 

Childcare

If you are aged 16-20 and require childcare support you will need to submit an application to Care to Learn www.gov.uk/care-to-learn.

Care to Learn will help with cost of students childcare including:

  • childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • a childcare taster session for up to 5 days
  • keeping childcare places over the summer holidays
  • taking the child to their childcare provider

 

Course related costs

Students may apply for assistance with the help of purchasing course related costs which are not mandatory to completing their qualification:

  • Kit and equipment
  • Uniform
  • Books
  • Trips
  • UCAS Fee

 

Vulnerable Bursary

If you are a young person who meets one or more of the following criteria you can apply for Vulnerable Bursary.

  • Care Experience Students
  • Those receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or anyone living with them such a child or a partner.
  • Those receiving Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payments will also need to be in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeker children that are the responsibility of the local authority. (When a young person reaches legal adulthood at age 18, we must consider their immigration status. If the asylum claim is decided in their favour, they will be eligible to continue to receive support from Vulnerable Bursary until they reach the age limit.

 

If any of you above apply to you may be able to receive help with financial costs of attending college.

19+ Students

Travel

Travel may be awarded to students who live more than 1 mile from campus and have a household income of less than £25, 000. Students may be eligible if they live less than 1 mile from the campus as it is not deemed a safe walking distance due to poor lighting and pedestrian walkways.

Travel will be offered in the form of a suitable travel pass. If a travel pass is not appropriate students may receive a monthly travel allowance to purchase appropriate public transport. This will be paid into their bank by BACS monthly. Students must provide travel tickets as evidence.

Course related costs

Students may apply for assistance with the help of purchasing course related costs which are not mandatory to completing their qualification;

  • Kit and equipment
  • Uniform
  • Books
  • Trips
  • UCAS Fee

 

Childcare

Students aged 20 or under must apply for childcare through Care to Learn.

  • Childcare is available from the 19+ Learner Support Fund Bursary for students who are aged 20 or over.
  • You must have a household income below £25,000.
  • Childcare provision is offered at a rate of £4.50 per hour for timetabled hours (a travel allowance will be paid up to a maximum of 1 hour each way for students travelling more than 20 miles)
  • Students who are unemployed must first use their government funded free hours. The College will then contribute toward the remainder.

 

Advanced Learner Loan Bursary

You could get help with costs such as, travel, childcare, course costs ( Please see 19+)

Students may be eligible to apply for this bursary if they meet the following eligibility criteria;

  • Have an Advanced Learner Loan Approved by Student Loans Company (SLC)
  • Meet the low household income threshold as set by the College
  • Meet the travel criteria set out by the College

 

Bursary payments will not exceed £250 per month for any combination of support.

Higher Education Students

If you are studying a Higher Education Course you could get help with the cost of travel to campus.

Students may apply for help with the costs of traveling to campus if they meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • Are enrolled on a Higher Education (HE) course where course fees are paid directly to EPNE.
  • Travel is awarded to students who live more than 1 mile from campus and have a household income of less than £25, 000. Students may be eligible if they live less than 1 mile from the campus as it is not deemed a safe walking distance due to poor lighting and pedestrian walkways

 

Travel will be offered in the form of a suitable travel pass. If a travel pass is not appropriate students may receive a monthly travel allowance to purchase appropriate public transport. This will be paid into their bank by BACS monthly. Students must provide travel tickets as evidence.

Students travelling a significant distance to campus or who are required to overcome transport barriers may apply for an enhanced travel payment alongside a bus pass. This payment will be looked at on an individual basis.

FAQ's

The best way to contact the team is through email: welfare@educationpartnershipne.ac.uk

Please click here to download the form and return via email to the welfare team or alternatively you can request a paper application by emailing welfare@educationpartnershipne.ac.uk.

You will be notified via email within 3 weeks of submitting your application form.

You will receive an award notification email which will tell you what you have been award.

You may receive help with travel cost, course related cost, free college meals and childcare. What you have been awarded will be detailed in your award notification email.

Payments will be made on 21st of every month.

You should contact the Welfare Team who will advise you what to do, as there may be a fee payable.

You need to contact the Welfare Team who will email you a secure link to enter your new bank details.

Speak to a member of the welfare team with ill advise what you need to do next, you may need to supply additional evidence to support your application.

Your childcare will be paid directly to your Childcare provider monthly.