19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funds
Discretionary learner support funding is made available to support adult learners aged 19+ with meeting some of the costs associate with learning. You are welcome to call into Learner Services on A Floor to find out if financial assistance is available to you. Help is available with the costs of travel, course exam & registration fees, childcare and essential equipment costs. Whilst all applications will be considered individually, support is not guaranteed. Any award of funding is for 1st August 2015 to 31st July 2016 only.
If your course continues beyond this date, you will need to submit a new application for the following academic year, if you are still eligible to apply. Information regarding the following funds is available from The Learner Services Team:
Discretionary Learner Support Fund - A fund provided by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to help learners experiencing financial difficulties.
Percival Whitley Educational Trust Fund - A fund donated locally to support and enhance the academic and personal development of individual learners (you would apply using the LSF form). All funds are managed by a panel which includes a College Governor, Learner Services Manager and Advice & Guidance staff. The Learner Support Panel operates within the “Good Practice” guidelines recommended by the Skills Funding Agency. The funds are managed and administered by Learner Services. If necessary, please speak to a member of A&G before completing a form, telephone 01422 399367 or call into Learner Services on A Floor.
In order to satisfy the general eligibility for applying to the 19+ Learner Support Funds, learners must:
• be at least 19 years old on the 31 August 2016
. • be enrolled on or intending to enrol on a course which is funded by the SFA.
• be a “home student”. (Please see Learner Services for a definition of this).
• be in receipt of an eligible income-based benefit, or be dependent upon somebody who is. Please see page 4 on Form or page 9 on the 19+ LSF Form which details acceptable benefits & evidence. • not be a paid apprentice.
• Not be in prison or in a young offender institution or who has been released on temporary license for example on day release.
If you wish to apply for financial support you should:
Check you meet the eligibility criteria listed above or contact Learner Services for advice.
Complete the 19+ Learner Support fund form, please complete all sections as indicated to avoid any delay in processing the form.
To apply for financial support please complete the 19+ LSF form. If you are unable to print this application form please request one from Learner Services.
Provide all the appropriate evidence as requested, stapled to the form. You may send photo copies.
To apply for a bursary please download and complete the form below and submit it in person or by post to the Support Fund Administrator, Learner Services, Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3UZ.