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Financial support

Keighley College understands that financial barriers can prevent students reaching their potential in education. We strive to remove these barriers by offering our students the support they need.

Should you meet certain criteria, you may qualify for support with travel, meals, childcare and the cost of equipment, kit, residential and educational visits.

To find out more about the different funding streams and eligibility criteria, click on your age range below or download the Student Financial Support Fund Policy.

We also recommend you read our Frequently Asked Questions: Download Frequently Asked Questions here.

 

How do I apply?

Once you are enrolled, you will be sent an email with a link to the online Student Financial Support Fund application form. Click on the link and apply immediately, otherwise once you have access to the student intranet, click here to apply. Evidence of household income must be brought to enrolment so that your application can be assessed by a member of staff from your curriculum area. The deadline for students starting their courses in September is Friday 25 October.

Please note, funding and financial support is only available to students attending college for five hours or more per week. Only students attending two sessions or more spanning a meal break per day, or students who attend college five hours or more per day, are eligible for meal support.

 

Please refer to our Student Privacy Notice, which details what information we collect from you, why we process your information and who we share the information with in line with Data Protection Legislation.

 

Appeals

  • Students have the right to appeal a decision. This must be in writing to the Student Funds Manager within 21 days of receiving confirmation of an award or a rejection.
  • The letter should set out the reasons for the appeal plus any further evidence to support the appeal.
  • The decision of the Student Funds Manager will be given in writing within 14 days.

Click below to check your eligibility

Financial Support for 16-19 students

If you live in a household with a gross annual income of £22,000 or below (16-19), you could be eligible for support with meals and travel at Keighley College. For students with a gross household income between £22,001 and £26,000, travel help only may be available.

Travel
You may be able to receive assistance with the cost of travel to and from College if you live more than 1.5 miles from your campus of study. The shortest walking routes on Google Maps is used to calculate the distance.

Passes may be provided for use on First West Yorkshire buses, Arriva, Trans Dev and Metro. This is at the discretion of Keighley College and the most suitable method of transport will be determined upon receipt of a successful application.

 

Discretionary Meals
By studying at Keighley College, you may be eligible for a meal worth up to £2.75 for every day that you are timetabled to attend.

If you live in a household with a gross household income of £22,000 or below, your student ID card will also work as a meal card which can be used in the canteens at Keighley College.

Similarly, if you are attending a placement you may receive a cash-equivalent voucher to the value of £2.50 per day to be used in at a supermarket of your choice.

 

Free College Meals
Students who received free school meals at school may be able to continue receiving them at College. To be eligible, student must be:

  • 16-18 years old on 31 August 2019;
  • or have an EHCP;
  • or be a 19+ continuer

and their parent(s) must be 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.

 

To apply for the financial support, you must be enrolled on an eligible Keighley College Course. Go to: https://intranet.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/studentzone/zones/front.jsp?deptcode=310.

 

Financial Support for 19+ students

If you have a gross annual household income of £26,000 or below, you could be eligible for support with meals and travel at Keighley College.

 

Travel
You may be able to receive assistance with the cost of travel to and from College if you live more than 1.5 miles from your campus of study. The shortest walking routes on Google Maps is used to calculate the distance.

Passes may be provided for use on First West Yorkshire buses, Arriva, Trans Dev and Metro. This is at the discretion of Keighley College and the most suitable method of transport will be determined upon receipt of a successful application.

 

Discretionary Meals
By studying at Keighley College, you may be eligible for a meal worth up to £2.75 for every day that you are timetabled to attend.

If you live in a household with an income below £26,000, your student ID card may also be used as a cashless card in canteens at Keighley College.

Similarly, if you are attending a placement you may receive a cash-equivalent voucher to the value of £2.50 per day to be used in at a supermarket of your choice.

You may also be entitled to support with childcare costs.

 

To apply for the financial support, you must be enrolled on an eligible Keighley College Course. Go to: https://intranet.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/studentzone/zones/front.jsp?deptcode=310.

 

Additional Support for Advanced Learner Loan Students

If you are aged 19 or over, have an individual gross income of £25,000 or below and have an Advanced Learner Loan to fund a Level 3 course, you could be eligible for support with meals, travel, childcare, equipment and other course-related costs.

Please note this support doesn’t include loans or finance but instead consists of goods and services to ease the financial burden whilst you are studying.

 

Travel
You may be able to receive assistance with the cost of travel to and from College if you live more than 1.5 miles from your campus of study. The shortest walking routes on Google Maps is used to calculate the distance.

Passes may be provided for use on First West Yorkshire buses, Arriva, Trans Dev and Metro. This is at the discretion of Keighley College and the most suitable method of transport will be determined upon receipt of a successful application.

Students with an Advanced Learner Loan may also be eligible for support with parking costs whilst attending college.

 

Discretionary Meals
By studying at Keighley College, you may be eligible for a meal worth up to £2.75 for every day that you are timetabled to attend.

If you have a gross individual income below £25,000, your student ID card may be activated to also work as a cashless card in the canteens at Keighley College.

You may also be entitled to support with childcare costs and support with the cost of course-related costs such as kit and equipment. Please speak to your curriculum admin team about the support you need with these course-related costs.

 

Advanced Learner Loan on an Access to HE course
If you are aged 19 or over and have an Advanced Learner Loan to fund a Level 3 Access to Higher Education course, you will be eligible for support with meals, travel and equipment without an income threshold.

Priority Fund

If you are aged 16-18 and fall under any of the below categories, you could be entitled to a weekly payment as well as support with travel and meals:

  • In care;
  • Care leavers;
  • Receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or financially supporting yourself 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.

To apply to the Priority Fund, go to: https://intranet.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/studentzone/zones/front.jsp?deptcode=310.

 

Over 20s Childcare Support

Students who are 20 years of age or over and meet the income eligibility for their course can apply for assistance with childcare fees during their timetabled hours of study. A contribution of up to £7,000 to cover childcare costs may be made per student over the course of the academic year.

How to apply

To apply support with childcare costs for those who are aged over 20 at the start of their college course.

  • Download the 2019/2020 Childcare Application Form here.
  • Students must arrange for the Childcare Quote Form to be completed by their childcare provider. The Childcare Quote Form must be submitted with the Childcare Application Form.
  • Ensure that the Childcare provider you are going to be using is registered with the College.
  • Please take your completed Childcare Application Form, birth certificate or child tax credit award notice with your income evidence to your curriculum admin team for checking.
  • If you are able to provide a completed Childcare Quote Form at this stage then please do so; however if you are unable to do so, you will be asked to submit your childcare quote form once your application has been assessed and your childcare has been provisionally approved.
  • The check list on the front of the childcare application form must be signed off confirming that your application is complete before it can be submitted.

Please note that funding has not been agreed until you have returned the signed Childcare Agreement. The Childcare Agreement must be signed by both the student and the childcare provider.

The maximum contribution towards childcare per student per academic year is of up £7,000. The daily cap is now £55 and the cap on a morning or afternoon session is £30.

To fully understand the childcare application process, click on the link to the Childcare Application Process – 2019-2020.

 

Students under 20

If you are aged under 20, you may be eligible for help under the government’s Care to Learn scheme which pays for childcare with an Ofsted-registered provider while you are at college up to a maximum of £160 per week each child.

For further information about Care to Learn scheme click here to speak to our Childcare Advice Officer for further guidance, alternatively you can visit the Care to Learn website to apply (www.gov.uk/care-to-learn).

Childcare Providers

Keighley College works in partnership with Ofsted registered childcare providers to help student parents with childcare costs/ places to overcome barriers, which may prevent them from taking part in or continuing in learning.

To find out more about our Childcare cost, click here for our FAQ.

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