Student Finance 16 to 19

Student Finance 16 to 19



The information on this page relates to funding and policies for the current academic year. Full information about the support for the academic year starting September 2016 will be available soon.



The Lowestoft College 16-19 Bursary Scheme

This is a financial support scheme for eligible students aged 16, 17 and 18 on 1 September 2015. Support will continue for students who turn 19 during their programme of study.

The Government has allocated the College a limited level of funding to distribute to students who face the greatest financial barriers to continuing education.

Monetary Bursaries will be awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria, to contribute towards the cost of travel, equipment, materials and other course costs.

Students who have been identified as a Priority 1 - that is looked after 16-18 year olds in care, 16-18 year old care leavers, 16-18 year olds in receipt of income support (or new universal credit) and 16-18 year olds who are themselves in receipt of both DLA (or PIP) and ESA – can claim an annual bursary of up to £1200 to help with course costs.

Other students can apply for discretionary assistance, subject to the eligibility criteria set by the College. The amount awarded is dependent on eligibility, course costs and available funding at the time that they apply. It is therefore recommended that applications are submitted as soon as possible.

Application packs and copies of the Lowestoft College 16-19 Bursary Policy are available from the Student Adviser - Welfare in the Advice Centre on 01502 525124.

Care to Learn

Young parents who are under 20 when they start their course can apply for help with childcare costs through the Care to Learn Scheme. For more information contact the Student Adviser - Welfare in the Advice Centre on 01502 525124 or visit the government website www.gov.uk/care-to-learn for full guidance notes on how to apply online.

Local Authority Post 16 Discretionary Transport Schemes for 16-19 year olds

The Suffolk County Council (SCC) Discretionary Subsidised Transport Scheme is for students who live in Suffolk, more than three miles from the place of study and are attending an approved full time course of further education study (a minimum of 450 hours per year of supervised study – an average of 12 hours per week)

For full terms and conditions and how to apply visitwww.suffolkonboard.com and follow the links via School Transport and Discretionary transport – Post16 students.

Alternatively you can contact Passenger Transport on 0845 606 6173.

The annual cost of a discretionary pass payable to Suffolk County Council for 2015/16 is £570. This is payable direct to the council in advance either in full or three termly payments of £190.

For Students living in Norfolk, Norfolk County Council (NCC) discretionary transport passes are mainly restricted to those living and attending college in Norfolk.

Students are advised to compare local bus and train operators' discounted fares with the cost of this scheme.

The Endeavour Card

The Endeavour Card offers a 25% discount on buses full adult fares for young people aged 16-19 in Suffolk.

Further information including how to apply for a card can be found on the Suffolk County Council website www.suffolkonboard.com/endeavour-card

Free Meals for FE

Lowestoft College will provide a free meal to eligible students, on the days they attend their College course or placement for three hours or more.

To be eligible for a free meal, students must apply via the College, and

  • be enrolled on a course (full or part time)at Lowestoft College, and
  • be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2015, or aged between 19 and 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment(LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), and
  • be in receipt of, or have parents/guardians who are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
  1. Income Support
  2. Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  3. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  4. Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  5. The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  6. Child Tax Credit (provided the household is 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
  7. Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  8. During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

Application forms for the FE Free Meals Scheme are available from the Student Adviser - Welfare in the Advice Centre on 01502 525124.

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English and Maths Revision @ The Hub

Lowestoft College Nov 2016 (206)

From March 13th to the end of the academic year, we are running revision sessions – this includes English and Maths for GCSEs and Functional Skills. The aim will be to provide help on some of the areas of these subjects you are finding difficult, to practise exam papers under the guidance of specialist tutors and to give practical advice about revising in these subjects.

As a college, we are advising students to plan at least 2 hours of revision per week; attendance at these sessions can be a perfect way of keeping you on track to reach this goal.

Click the link below to see when these sessions will be taking place.

Good luck in your exams!

Maths and English Revision Workshops