Full Time Students
If you’re under 19 years old and studying at Yeovil College, then your course is FREE. There may also be some additional financial assistance available to you, for example our 16-19 bursary fund. This section will help you understand what we can help you with, however we always advise our future students to pop in and talk to us about all their financial requirements.
ABOUT THE BURSARY
The bursary helps to meet the costs associated with accessing learning and students experiencing financial difficulty. This includes help towards travel and compulsory materials and equipment.
Funds are allocated through a means assessed system. Funds are provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Assistance may be in the form of a contribution and may not cover the full costs associated with your Study Programme.
VULNERABLE GROUPS BURSARY
These are awarded if any one of the following categories applies to you. You may be eligible for a Vulnerable Groups Bursary Award of up to £1,200:
- Children in Care or Care Leavers.
- 16-19 students in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name.
- Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA)/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name. Learners must be in receipt of both benefits to qualify.
Students aged 16-19 can apply for financial support if their household income falls below £50,000. This will be assessed by the College and evidence of income will be requested once your application has been processed.
CARE TO LEARN
If you are a student who is aged under 20 at the start of your course and you are a parent, you may be eligible with help towards the cost of your childcare through the Care to Learn scheme. For further information, please contact the Care to Learn helpline on 0800 121 8989 or visit www.gov.uk/care-to-learn
HOW DO I APPLY?
Application forms will be mailed to all. Please contact the team on 01935 423921 or email iZone@yeovil.ac.uk if you have any questions. Please send your completed application form to Yeovil College, Mudford Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4DR.
Your application will be assessed and then you will be contacted to confirm the evidence that we will require to support your application.
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
It is your responsibility to:
- Attend timetabled lessons for a minimum level of 90% each month. Should your attendance drop below 90% attendance, your financial support may be temporarily suspended and this could lead to withdrawal of the award.
- Adhere to the College’s Student Code of Conduct.
Should you fail to complete your studies, you may be asked to repay some of the monies awarded or return equipment purchased by the bursary fund.
Free meals at College
You may be entitled to free meals at College, if you are 16-18 and in receipt of, or have parents who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers 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
- UC with net earnings) not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa after tax and not including any benefits you get).
Please be aware that households who receive both Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are unfortunately not eligible.
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To read more about our Student Support Funds Policy, please click through to our Policy section here.