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Bursary / Free College Meals

Bursary information for students, parents and carers:

Bursaries are available at this College and application forms can be obtained from the College office. To be eligible for a bursary, students must: be aged under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study; satisfy the YPLA residency criteria; and meet the terms of the Connell Sixth Form College Student Contract.

The following bursaries are available for students to apply for:

To be eligible, students must:

  • be aged under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study;
  • satisfy the residency criteria. This means having a British or Northern Ireland passport, or The Bursary falls into three categories
  • having your passport endorsed to show you have the right to live in the UK, or having ‘settled status’ in the UK
Category A
This is a vulnerable student bursaryStudents in this category will be entitled to a bursary payment amounting to £1,200 per year. Category A has been determined externally (by central government) and the Bursary is therefore guaranteed for students in this category.
Students who are Looked After Children (in care), care leavers, those who are on Income Support or Universal Credit Payment (a new benefit which will replace Income Support) in their own name, and those registered disabled and receive both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment.
Category B
This is a discretionary bursary.Eligibility and payment amounts are dependent upon the number of applications received.
We will consider applications from students whose gross annual household income (inclusive of any benefits/tax credits) is no more than£16,190. We require as evidence your FULL letter from DWP confirming annual income and allocation of tax credits for 2016/17 and/or a letter confirming benefit dated in the last 6 months.
Category C
This is a single, smaller discretionary award.
Students whose gross annual household income (inclusive of any benefits/tax credits) is over £16,190 but below £18,000 can apply for course related costs such as exam resits and trips.

Students making a category C application must provide evidence of household income, the same as in category B.

 

Free College Meals:

To be eligible for Free School Meals, students must:

  • be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2016 – 2017 academic year
  • satisfy the residency criteria. This means having a British or Northern Ireland passport, or
  • having your passport endorsed to show you have the right to live in the UK, or having ‘settled status’ in the UK
  • 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 not more than £16,190
  • 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