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Here at West Kent College we have a number of financial support packages available to help with the cost of studying.

Bursary and Learner Support Funds

If you are aged 16 years and over on 31st August 2018, starting a full-time (i.e not an apprenticeship) Further Education course in September 2018, you may be eligible for financial support from the 16-19 Bursary Funds, Learner Support Funds or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund and/or Free Meals in further education.

Those students who are under 19 years of age on the 31st August, in the year when they start their course, will be assessed on the basis of their family household income unless current written evidence is provided that the student is living independently. For students 19+ (31st August 2018) studying a full-time (i.e. not an apprenticeship) Further Education course, the Government provides funding to support essential College related costs.

For students who are aged 19 on 31/08/2018 and who are continuing to the second year of a two year course or have an EHCP will need to provide evidence of household income including that of your parents’/carers’. For those aged 19+ that do not meet this criteria you will need to provide evidence of your income and/or your partner or spouse’s income.

To apply for an Advanced Learner Loan Bursary you must be in receipt of an Advanced Learner Loan.

If eligible, the college will make a contribution towards course-related costs including travel, course equipment and uniform for particular courses, free meals in further education and childcare.

To be eligible you will have a household income of under £30,000 (gross) and meet the ESFA eligibility criteria.

The College reserves the right to require repayment of funds and the return of any equipment purchased, including the Kent 16+ Travel Card if it has been funded by the bursary. 

Please hand your application form to Student Support Services at your campus. Do not send any applications by post, the College cannot accept responsibility for any forms not handed in to Student Support Services. Incomplete applications will not be processed and the College is unable to backdate funding awards where there has been a delay due to incomplete information. If applications are received without the required evidence, the Student Support Services team will attempt to contact the applicant by telephone, email and/or letter. If a response is not received within two weeks, the application for Financial Support will be filed until contact is made by the applicant.

Please apply as early as possible in the academic year, using this application form, as funds are limited and awards will be allocated in order of receipt of completed applications. Priority will be given to those who are applying for the Kent 16+ Travelcard. Please note that applying for financial support does not guarantee that funding will be allocated. 

Applications will be processed after the student has enrolled on their course and can take up to six weeks to process: the first installment of funding may not be issued until October half term and students will have to self-fund whilst applications are being processed. Where appropriate, funding will be backdated to the start of term subject to satisfactory attendance. Any further payments due are based on adherence to college rules and regulations, including attendance level and can be withheld at any time.  

Applications will temporarily close on 19th October 2018 in order to reconcile funding—if funding remains the application process will re-open.

Applicants will be notified of their funding via their College email account and if you are not eligible a letter will be sent to your address provided on the form. 

If you require further assistance in completing the form, please email:

You can apply to receive a contribution for costs for equipment, books and trips. This is applicable to certain courses – please contact Student Support Services at your campus for further details:

If you are progressing within courses you will receive 50% of the funding applicable for your course.

In some circumstances, students on other courses may require support towards the cost of specific resources. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.


 Funding Allocated

Business with Accounting  £60
Travel and Tourism  £60
Beauty  £100 or if Theatrical Media and Make Up: £200
Hair   £200
Catering  £200 or if studying Food and Beverage Level 3: £60
Art/Fashion/Media/Photography  £50
Childcare/Early Years  £100
Sport  £40
Public Services  £40
A Levels  £50
Motor Vehicle (all related courses)  £100

Student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2018. Students aged 19 or over are only eligible for a free meal if they:

  • are continuing on a study programme that was started when aged 16-18 years
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

In addition to the above, the student must be 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
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa

Students from groups identified by the Government as vulnerable can apply for a bursary of up to £1,200. Vulnerable Bursary. You are required to be aged 16-18 on 31st August 2018 and meet one of the criteria

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourselves or financially supporting yourselves and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right

Awards made to students undertaking courses lasting less than 30 weeks will be made on a pro-rata basis. Eligible students should check with Student Support Services on their campus for details of the bursary most suited to their needs. To apply for the Vulnerable Bursary students must complete the application form and provide documentary evidence of meeting the criteria, e.g. a letter from the relevant local authority or DWP. Applicants will be required to meet with a member of Student Support Services to complete an Assessment Form and to identify other support needs.