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 2017, starting a full-time (i.e not an apprenticeship) Further Education course in September 2017, you may be eligible for financial support from the 16-19 Bursary and Learner Support Funds.

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 2017) 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 31/08/2017 and who are continuing to the 2nd year of a 2 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.

We can support with course-related costs including travel, course equipment (specific courses listed in the guidance notes), free meals in further education and childcare.

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

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

Applications will be processed after the student has enrolled on their course and can take six weeks to process: the first payment may not be made until October. Where appropriate, payment will be backdated to the start of term subject to satisfactory attendance.

Completed applications must be handed to a member of Student Support Services. Incomplete applications will not be assessed and will delay the allocation of funds. 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.

Successful applicants will be notified via their College email account. 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. 

The following amounts will be paid towards essential full-time course related costs.

If you are progressing within courses you will receive 50% of the amounts stated.

Course/Curriculum Area

  • Business and AAT: £200
  • Travel and Tourism: £100
  • Hair and Beauty: £200
  • Catering: £200
  • Art/Fashion/Media/Photography: £100
  • Childcare/Early Years: £100
  • Sport: £100
  • A-Levels: £100
  • Access to HE: £100
  • Motor Vehicle: £100
  • Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry: £100

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.

Student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2017. 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
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit Universal Credit.

Students from groups identified by the Government as vulnerable can apply for the Vulnerable Bursary. If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2017 and meet one of the criteria below you can apply for a bursary of up to £1,200:

  • in care
  • a care leaver
  • in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit in place of Income Support
  • in receipt of both Employment and Support Allowance/ Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance /Personal Independence Payments