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A guide to the funds available to help 19+ year olds study at City College Plymouth


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    A guide to the funds available to help 19+ year olds study at City College Plymouth

    Money While You Learn2013/14

  • Fraudulent ClaimsThe College must protect itself against the possibility of fraudulent claims. We ask for detailed information and may invite applicants for interview so we can distribute the funds fairly. If a claim is considered fraudulent we will ask for any money given to you to be repaid in full. If you fail to repay your grant we may take court action. You will not be allowed to collect any course certificates until all costs have been paid. The College reserves the right to notify the police and/or any other relevant agencies with regard to our suspicion of fraudulent actions.

    DisclaimerWhilst every effort has been made to ensure that this guide is correct at the time of going to press, due to circumstances beyond our control changes may occur and funding eligibility, availability and criteria etc may change. The College will use reasonable endeavours to notify you of any such changes, wherever possible. No responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of the information contained in this guide can be accepted by the College.

    City College Plymouth 2013

    If you would find it easier to read this guide in a larger type ora different format, please call 01752 305300.

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    ContentsWhat Help Can I Get? 2

    Fee Concessions 3

    Getting help with tuition fees 3

    24+ Advanced Learning Loan 4

    What is it? 4 Who can apply? 4 Key facts 4 How do I apply? 4

    Discretionary Learner Support Fund (dLS) 5

    What is dLS 19+? 5 Who can apply? 6 How do I apply? 6 What evidence is required? 6

    Breakfast Club 7

    24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary 7

    What is it? 7 Who can apply? 8 How do I apply? 8 What evidence is required? 8

    Childcare Support 9

    Care to Learn (C-2-L) 9

    What is C-2-L? 9 Who can apply? 9 How do I apply? 9

    20+ Childcare 9

    How do I apply? 9

    What help is available? 10 How will I know my application has

    been successful? 10

    Travel Support 11 Who can apply? 11 How do I apply? 11

    Free College Bus Services 12

    Number 36 - shuttle bus 12 Number 21/21A 12

    Other Travel Support 12

    Cycling to College 12 Driving to College 12

    Terms and Conditions 13 Attendance 13 Withdrawals 13 Appeals 13 Further conditions 13

  • What Help Can I Get?Enrolling on a course can be expensive! Before you start your course you will need to consider how you will afford some of the following:

    tuition costs travel costs to and from the College the costs of course related items such as uniform, special equipment and materials the costs of childcare meeting your day-to-day costs of living.Finance is an important factor when deciding to come to College. However, you dont have to let a lack of money prevent you from attending your chosen course here at City College Plymouth! There are various funds which may be able to help you with some of the costs, especially if you have a low income or are entitled to help from state benefits.

    What help is available?There are two types of funds in place to help students:

    Funds that are managed and awarded by national agencies:

    Care to Learn (C-2-L) 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.Funds that are managed by the College:

    tuition fee concessions Discretionary Learner Support funds (dLS) for students, including residential and

    childcare support.

    24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary fund for students who are taking out the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. This fund offers financial support for childcare, travel, compulsory course related costs, residential and emergency or hardship.

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    Fee ConcessionsGetting help with tuition feesTo enrol on a course you will usually have to pay tuition fees. However, you may be eligible for reduced tuition fees depending upon your age, residency in England and any benefits you may be receiving. Fee concessions usually apply to residents of England, aged 19, in the following circumstances:

    its your first full level 2 qualification (if aged 19 to 23) its your first full level 3 qualification (if aged 19 to 23) the course is a Skills for Life course (adult literacy and numeracy, and functional

    skills in literacy and numeracy - excluding English for Speakers of Other Languages)

    you are wanting a level 2 qualification, but are required first to obtain an entry/level 1 qualification (if aged 19 to 23 - certain other criteria apply)

    you are undertaking your first full level 3 qualification after leaving the British Armed Forces within the last ten years having completed four or more years of service or having been medically discharged, due to an injury in active service, after completing basic training (this includes students aged 24 and over)

    you are unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) - work related activity group only, or Universal Credit (and mandated to undertake skills training). Please bring to enrolment a benefit award letter confirming your name, address and that you are in receipt of one of the above benefits. This letter has to be dated within six weeks of your enrolment date

    you are unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit (other than JSA, ESA (WRAG) or Universal Credit) and want to enter employment and need skills training to do so or help to remove a barrier to employment. A full list of the benefits which qualify are available on the College website

    Please note that if you are aged 24 and over (at the start date of your course) and undertaking a level 3 or 4 course then there will be no fee remission available. However, if the course is eligible for the new 24+ Advanced Learning Loan, you can apply for a loan to cover your course fees. Full details on the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan can be found on our website, or on page 4.

    Please note that students, regardless of age and circumstance, may be asked to pay ancillary course costs at enrolment.

    If you do have to pay tuition fees, the College offers the following options:

    a 15% discount if you pay the amount in one lump sum (conditions apply), or spread the cost over four equal instalments (subject to course and other criteria).

    There will be a 10 charge for paying by instalments. Support funds may be available, please see page 5.

  • 24+ Advanced Learning LoansWhat is a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan?From August 2013 the government will be introducing a new 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. This will enable those aged 24 and over to apply for a loan to cover their course fees if they are studying a level 3 or 4 further education course.

    Who can apply?To qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan you must:

    be aged 24 and over at the start of your course be resident in the UK have not previously had a loan to do the same qualification be studying a course at level 3 or 4 (including Qualifications Credit Framework

    (QCF) certificate and diplomas, Access to Higher Education, A levels (maximum of four), Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships).

    Key facts

    You will only be able to apply for a loan to meet the upfront costs of your qualification, which will be paid directly to the College.

    The loans are not means tested or credit checked so if you meet the criteria you will be able to apply for a loan whether you are employed or unemployed.

    You dont have to pay anything upfront for your course fees and if youre not earning over 21,000, you wont have to pay anything back (certain criteria apply).

    Apprenticeships - the student and the employer are expected to share the costs of the course, so the loan you take would be for 50% of the course fee.

    If your loan is to cover the fees for an Access to Higher Education course and you progress and complete a university-level (higher education) course, you will not have to pay back your 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

    How do I apply?Once you have been offered your place on a College course you will receive a Learning and Funding Information letter, with this you can then apply online at

    The College is running a number of application support sessions to help you with the on-line application form - please visit or call 01752 305300 for dates and times.

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    Discretionary Learner Support Fund (dLS) 19+What is (dLS) 19+? This fund provides financial or in-kind help to eligible students aged 19+ (as of 31 August 2013), with a number of course related costs. These funds are aimed at those most in need. There are six main elements of support and students may apply for one or more elements. If you have taken out the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan please refer to the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan Bursary fund, details can be found on page 7.

    This fund is cash limited and operated on a first-come, first-served basis for September and January applicants.

    Tuition fee supportThis is awarded to students who are not eligible for fee remission and have to pay their own course fees. Students eligible for this support will need to fulfil the general criteria of dLS. This support is not guaranteed and will only pay up to 25% of the