Portsmouth College 16-18 Bursary
The College has a limited amount of funds to use to support eligible students with course related costs such as transport, uniform, equipment, stationery etc. These funds are provided by the Government for the college to distribute, but we are obliged to stick to a strict set of rules. Students whose household income is £25,000 or less for the tax year 2015/16 may apply. You will need to complete a Bursary Application Form which is available from Student Services. Evidence of household income and/or benefits must be provided to complete the application process.
Additional amounts are payable to students who are themselves in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, those in care, care leavers or those in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payments. Again, evidence of each must be provided.
Please see the Wellbeing Team in Room 15 for advice on the 16-18 Bursary and an application form.
Portsmouth College 19+ Bursary
The College has a limited amount of Learner Support Funds available to support eligible 19+ students with their course-related costs. These funds are provided and regulated by the Government. Students whose household income is £25,000 or less may apply. You will need to complete a 19+ Bursary Application Form which is available from the Student Support Desk in Room 15. Evidence of household income and/or benefits must be provided to complete the application process.
Funds are limited so early application is advised.
Help with the Cost of Childcare
If you are a parent and aged under 20 help is available to cover the cost of your childcare whilst you study. This help comes through a scheme called ‘Care to Learn’ and application packs are available at www.direct.gov.uk or from the Student Support Desk in Room 15. Please ask if you need help to complete the application.
If you are a parent over the age of 20 a limited amount of childcare funding is available through College. You can apply for this using the 19+ Bursary Application Form and an ‘Application for 20+ Childcare Support’, both available from the Student Support Desk in Room 15.
Free meals at college
From September 2014, the Government has agreed to fund free meals to disadvantaged 16-18 year old students in FE. For the purposes of eligibility for free meals, 'disadvantage' is defined by the students being in receipt of or having parents who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration & 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
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit (during the initial roll out of the benefit).
Portsmouth College will make an allowance of £2.50 available per student, per timetabled day for those eligible students. This is made available via a cashless catering system using the Student ID card.