If You're Aged 19+

Financial support available to students aged 19+ (as at 31st August 2017)

19+ Bursary Fund

North Kent College operates a range of Bursary schemes to assist students from low-income households with the costs of attending college. These schemes are subject to government funding levels, and  awarded on a first come, first served basis and can be withdrawn at any point. 
Financial support is available to students who:
Are on a full time government funded course and
Have a household income of below £21,000 (for the tax year 2016/17). This includes housing and council tax benefits. 

Students who are not eligible for government funding for their course (with the exception of those taking out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund their level 3 course) are not eligible to apply to the Bursary fund.

Bursary awards are tailored to the individual student and the award allocated will depend upon your course of study and where you live. 

The Bursary is only a contribution towards course related costs and will not necessarily cover the full amount. These costs could include, but are not limited to the following:

Course contribution/ materials fee applicable to your course.
Essential books, kit, uniform or equipment required for your course.
Travel, which could either be a bus pass or travel allowance (depending on where you live). 
Childcare costs (only applies to students aged 20 or above. Students under the age of 20 should apply to the national Care to Learn Scheme for assistance with childcare (www.gov.uk/care-to-learn)
Registration fees. (Advanced Learner Loan applicants only)

Travel to and from College

Students travelling more than 2 miles from home to college (for Dartford campus students only from home to Dartford station where they can pick up a free shuttle bus to the Dartford campus) are eligible for travel support.

Depending on where you live and how you are travelling to college, this may be either:
A bus pass or
A monthly travel allowance


Students who live in a London Borough can apply for the 18+ Oyster Card; this entitles them to a 30% discount off the price of adult-rate Travel cards and London bus pass season tickets.

Childcare support 

Students who are aged 20 or over as at 31st August may be awarded assistance with childcare costs for the time they are at college (term-time only). Your childcare provider must be Ofsted registered with an Ofsted rating of grade 3 or above. Childcare costs may be provided for one pre-school child only (depending on available funds). After-school childcare may also be provided, for one school-age child (depending on available funds). Payment for childcare will be made directly to your childcare provider and both the student and the childcare provider will be required to sign a childcare agreement with the college.
Students aged under 20 at the start of their course can apply for childcare support from the government’s Care to Learn scheme. For further information and how to apply online visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn
The college has an onsite nursery, Bright Beginnings (at both Dartford and Gravesend campuses) which accepts the children of students with either 19+ Bursary or Care to Learn funding, as well as non-funded students. For further details click here.

How to apply for a Bursary

To apply for a 19+ Bursary, please complete the online Student Financial Support application form by following the link below.
 
Along with the completed form, you will need to supply full evidence (*all pages required)   of your household income for the 2016/2017 financial year. 
If you are aged 19 or 20 living with your parents, you must provide details of income of any parent(s)/guardian(s) you live with. The following documentation is required as applicable:
 
Income from employment (P60 or last 3 current monthly pay slips). 
Income from self–employment (accounts showing gross profit).
Income from any state benefits (your benefits award notices).
Working Tax/Child Tax Credits (Tax Credit Award Notice 2016/17).*
Council Tax and Housing benefits (your benefits award notices).*

If you are aged 19 or 20 and living independently, or aged 21 or over you must provide details  of your own income, plus that of any partner you live with. The following documentation is required as applicable:

Income from employment (P60 or last 3 current monthly pay slips). 
Income from self–employment (accounts showing gross profit).
Income from any state benefits (your benefits award notices).
Working Tax/Child Tax Credits (Tax Credit Award Notice 2016/17).*
Council Tax and Housing benefits (your benefits award notices).*


Please scan or photograph and upload all pages of the relevant documentation. Your application will not be processed without the required evidence of income. If the financial circumstances of your household have recently changed (for example as a result of redundancy or a reduction in working hours), please provide details in the notes box on the online application form and we will take this into account.
Once the online application is completed, please print the form and forward it to the college with all relevant signatures, an award (if eligible) cannot be made until a signed copy of the online application has been received.  

Please apply by 1st June 2017 for progression students and 1st August 2017 for new students so that we are able to process your application before enrolment. 


Applications received after 1st June 2017 / 1st August 2017 will be accepted, however, we are unable to guarantee that you will receive your award letter before enrolment and you may therefore be required to pay any applicable fees at enrolment. These may be refunded later (beginning of December) if you are subsequently awarded. The bursary fund is limited however and awards are made on a first come, first-served basis. We therefore recommend that you apply as soon as possible.

Appeals

Once you have applied for a bursary, if you receive notification that an award cannot be made, an appeal must be made in writing to the Student Services Coordinator who will review your application and make a decision. If you are unhappy with the outcome of your appeal you should follow the college’s complaints procedure here.

Link to the Student Financial Support online application form here.
Download information about financial support here

If you require any further help please contact Student Financial Support Team:

Email: studentservices@northkent.ac.uk

Telephone:  01322 629400 and ask to speak to a member of the Student Financial Support at the campus you will be attending. (Dartford or Gravesend)